Canon announces EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM and 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM lenses

Update: Canon USA also announced a white version of the EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera with a white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens (already announced in Japan few months ago):

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera white
Canon officially announced the previously rumored wide angle lenses:

Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens ($1,199)


Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 16–35mm 1:4.0
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 108°10' – 63°
Focus Adjustment Inner focus system 
Closest Focusing Distance 0.92 ft. / 0.28m
Filter Size 77mm diameter 
Max Diameter x Length, Weight 3.3 x 4.4 in., 21.7 oz. / 82.6 x 112.8mm, 615g

MTF charts:

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Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM lens ($299)


Focal Length 10 - 18mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 16 - 28.8 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 107° 30' - 74° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 8.66" (22 cm)
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded

Press release:

Canon Broadens Its Imaging Lineup with Two New EF Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses and White EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera

High Performance Lenses Offer Optical Image Stabilizer and a Refined Compact Design; Lightweight EOS Rebel SL1 SLR Kit in White Available Soon

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 13, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce two new wide-angle lenses and a new white color model of the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera, just in time for summer. The introduction of the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lenses provides Canon digital SLR camera users with the ability to capture stunning photographs and videos of spacious landscapes and many other iconic scenes. The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is the first L-series wide-angle zoom lens equipped with image stabilization, providing professional photographers with expanded creative options, especially in low light. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle lens is an affordable option for entry-level DSLR users looking to enhance their images and videos with unique and creative perspectives.

Since its introduction in March 2013, the EOS Rebel SL1, the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camerai, has provided photographers of all levels with a high-performance digital SLR in a small, compact camera body. The new white EOS Rebel SL1 Camera Kit is complemented by a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and offers a stylish alternative for photographers who like to stand out from the crowd.

"Having just reached a milestone of producing 100 million EF lenses, Canon is dedicated more than ever before to its heritage of creating outstanding optics for photographers of all levels," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses, when paired with Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, are powerful tools that can enhance any photographer's creativity. And new to the U.S. market, the white EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera with its companion white lens, provides users with high-quality images in a small, compact body that is easy to bring along on all their summer adventures."

EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Fully compatible with all EOS Digital SLR cameras including full-frame models like the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras, the compact and lightweight EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens offers high image quality and an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed stepsii, making handheld shooting possible in dimly lit scenes where camera shake can occur. In addition, an intelligent CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning. This technological advancement supports a greater range of creative expression for photographers in otherwise difficult shooting situations, such as dark indoor scenes where flash photography is prohibited, or in places where a tripod cannot be used, or when shooting at low ISO speeds.

The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom 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. 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 color balance while minimizing ghosting. 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 0.28m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Created to be a great companion lens for the Canon EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i, EOS Rebel SL1 and other EOS Digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens expands Canon's line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. For entry-level users, this affordable wide-angle lens offers the ability to shoot creative, high-quality images and video in tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, yet the surrounding area can still fill the frame.

The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design with an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed stepsiii, enabling handheld shooting in low light. The lens' stepping motor and newly designed focus mechanism are 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 EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom 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 color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, while a seven-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.

Compared to the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle lens, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens is nearly 20% smaller and 38% lighter. When combined with a compact digital SLR, such as the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera, the smaller size makes it very convenient to carry with the camera when traveling. The compact four-group zoom optical system provides a maximum magnification of 0.15x at the telephoto end. The wide-angle zoom range of the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a perfect complement to the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.

New Lens Availability
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,199.00 and $299.99, respectively.

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  • JG

    That seems like a very good price for the 10-18.

    • Antonio F.

      That’s what I thought. It’s quite affordable for a super wide zoom. Let’s hope it has some reasonable IQ. And IS… well, it may be pointless, but I guess you may pull off insanely long handheld exposures – if it truly gives you four stops… that would be 1 second on the wide end…-

  • They’ll probably keep the 16-35/2.8L alongside the f/4L like with the other lenses but it’s better if they made some L series f/2 primes to replace the 16-35/2.8L. A 16/2L and a 21/2L would give a nice strategic advantage… let the users figure out how to put them to new use

  • rt-photography

    they have the why the 1º difference for a new WA?

    still, no one can touch the nikon 14-24 in terms of IQ. If I was using canon id get teh tokina 16-28 before any of their WA.

    easily outperformes the 16-35L

    • slaven

      Try Zeiss ZA 16-35/2,8 😉

      • rt-photography

        not buying another MF lens again. . I plan on buying the tokina in a few months. excellent lens and about 93.65% of what the nikon does. which is more than enough for me. and at $650 with 3yr warranty, its a no brainer. not onlky that but with the savings I plan on buying the mack diamond vip warranty. which is an all risk insurance.

        • slaven

          ZA is not MF 😉

          • rt-photography

            ah got mixed up with ZF. Am I missing something here? doesnt make sense to me to split my lineup to different brands. all my gear is nikon.

    • slaven

      Try Zeiss ZA 16-35/2,8 😉

    • Pat Mann

      While no lens is exactly it’s nominal focal length, changing from 17mm to 16mm is a change in horizontal field angle for a 36mm wide sensor from 93.3 degrees to 96.7 degrees, not one degree. Image width at 100 feet goes from 212 feet to 225 feet. The image area seen on a sensor increases by almost 13%. 1mm steps in this range are pretty significant in what shows up in your frame. That’s one reason why there’s such a price premium for a 1mm or 2mm reduction in focal length here.

      • rt-photography

        take a step back?

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      Look, I really don’t like Canon much and I’ve had some good Tokina lenses too, but the new Canon lens is a lot lighter and takes filters. I’ll bet it smacks the old 16-35 around as well. It had better. I would have bought the Tokina if I had to shoot a Canon but now I would wait and see about the new thing. I know it is f4 but the Tokina isn’t at it’s best wide open and the new lens also has some stabilization.

      • rt-photography

        if they couldnt make the 16-35 2.8 sharp after two version no way in hell the f4 version is going to a stellar performer. not going to happen. the tokina is useable at 2.8 and VERY sharp at 4. easily spanks all the canons.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          Well, look at the 28 f1.4 and then the 28 f1.8, the two new 50s, the two new 85s the two new 70-200s… And then remember that I said it might be better than the Canon lens. I didn’t say it was going to be better than the Nikon lens…

          • rt-photography

            true you did say maybe. I give them credit for offering an offering to the nikon 16-35VR

  • aria

    Canon simply don’t know how to make wide lenses. I saw a colleague’s 17-40, 28-70L, then showed him the 14-24 and 24-70. Within a year, he sold all of his Canon and brought a set of Nikon.

    • Ahmad Al-Joboori

      The same thing applies on Nikon shooters when they see Canon tele lenses

      • LlocQ

        So True……..

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        Except for if it’s the new 800, or probably that new 400 that everyone’s saying they don’t need…

    • Clint

      Canon 28-70….really??? The lens was discontinued over 20 years ago and the current 24-70 is like the second replacement lens since that old 28-70. Maybe your buddy should just buy something from the current lineup.

      • aria

        I was wrong, he was using a 24-70 version I.

        • Ckint

          Well then you’re still wrong as the new Canon 24-70 is known to be the benchmark lens of standard zooms…from any manufacturer. You’re right about the Nikon 14-24 though…awesome lens.

    • aria

      To be fair, Canon can grow its own fluorite and therefore makes better long lenses. But except for bird shooters, sports or news photographers, we are better off with Nikon. Not against Canon, my first SLR was a Canon, while I am using a Nikon now, my real photographic passion is in 8×10 film.

      • 100

        If you need good wide angle lenses, try the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L (no Nikon equivalent) or the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.
        And does Nikon make something like the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Macro a 5:1 macro lens?

  • Global

    Thats an incredible price on the wide angle! They should sell well regardless of quality to entry level users. If its incredibly light and reasonably sharp and doesnt have tremendous distortion, then youd basically pair this with a bright 50 and a tele and youd be quite set on entry level. The price can hardly be touched by Tamron or Sigma.

    I wonder if Canon made this lens specifically as a guard against the encroachment of those brands on the wide angle and also to give new Canon users a sense of wide angle association with the brand (where Canon is generally considered weaker than Nikon).

    • Pat Mann

      Given the price, I suspect lots of lens distortion and vignetting at the wide end but mostly corrected (at some cost in noise and resolution) by software in the camera. I don’t like it, but it’s where technology seems to be going pushed by what price consumers will pay.

      • Clint

        I would imagine that it MUST be better optically than the current 17-40….and in my opinion the 17-40 is a great lens if you don’t shoot it wide open. For my purposes from f8-f11 the 17-40 is amazing…basically almost identical to the much more expensive 16-35 f2.8 at those apertures.

        I’m pretty excited about this new 16-35 f4, if the quality is on par or better than the 17-40 than I think it’s a pretty good deal.

      • M43

        It’s not necessarily “technology”, it’s more like “M43”, which is rubbish. Let’s hope Canon stays out of that game.

  • TinusVerdino

    No MTF Charts for the 10-18?

  • Tags

    This move really does make a case for aps-c- it is way cheaper and still quite good in the IQ department! Can’t wait for a $300 brand name wide angle for tripod work. I’m not concerned about the build, I honestly have never kept digital camera equipment long enough to break anything due to overuse.

  • shayke

    Does anyone know please tell me,

    Is this lens it’s going to replace the 16-35 there today? Or it will be th place 17-40 is Aperture 4, and getting out another 16-35 new well and she will be with Aperture 2.8?

    And it really going to come out 14-24? That has been from 2012 talking about it ..

    Thank you.

  • the truth hurts

    can someone explain to me, when they put like minimal focal distance/closest,.. they never just keep it at the same units…. for one its .92ft.. the other one is 8.66inches… wat the hell is .92ft!!!

    • Clint

      11 inches:)
      (That’s what she said)

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