Canon has added two new wide-angle lenses to its lineup, the new Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. The 16-35 is the first L-series wide-angle zoom lens equipped with image stabilization. The 10-18 is touted as an affordable option for entry-level DSLR users.
The 16-35 mm lens offers an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, and a CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning.
The 16-35 mm lens features newly developed, high quality Canon optics that incorporate three GMo (Glass-Molded) aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, which help improve image quality by correcting aberrations, says the company. Two additional UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from edge to edge throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast.
The lens also features enhanced fluorine lens coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces to repel dust particles and help ensure superb colour balance while minimizing ghosting, notes Canon.
The inner focusing and ring USM offer silent, fast and accurate autofocusing. Full-time manual focus adjustment is available in autofocus (AF) mode.
A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.
A new compact four-group zoom system provides a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.
Created to be a companion lens for EOS cameras with APS-C size image sensors, the 10-18 mm lens expands Canon’s line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses.
The 10-18 mm lens features a compact and lightweight design with an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, enabling handheld shooting in low light. The lens’ stepping motor and newly designed focus mechanism are said to be ideal for Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i and EOS Rebel SL1 cameras) to provide smooth, quiet and continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when taking photos.
The 10-18 mm lens features one UD lens element to help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It also features enhanced multi-layer lens coatings to help ensure superb colour balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, while a seven-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.
Compared to the EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle lens, the new 10-18 mm lens is nearly 20 percent smaller and 38 percent lighter.
The compact four-group zoom optical system provides a maximum magnification of 0.15x at the telephoto end. (Canon notes having the new 10-18 mm lens plus current EF-S 18-55 mm IS and EF-S 55-250 mm IS STM lenses in your camera bag would cover just about all the bases.)
The Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,319.99 and $359.99, respectively.