Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM




The professional’s ultra wide-angle zoom lens with 4-stop Image Stabilizer

Capture stunning landscapes and architectural images using the Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM, which is compact and lightweight, high-performance, f/4 fixed aperture, ultra wide-angle zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. Ideal for professionals and enthusiasts.

  • Get more in every shot with ultra wide-angle zoom lens
  • Superior L-series performance with precision optics
  • Enjoy consistent exposures with constant f/4 aperture
  • Capture steady shots even in low light with 4-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Never miss a shot with fast, silent autofocus
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Detail Image

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Ultra wide-angle Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM

The high performance, fixed aperture, Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM lens combines excellent optical performance with flexibility, making it ideal for landscapes, architectural shots, photo journalism, travel and general use – delivering clear, sharp, expansive images with very little distortion.

L-series quality

The L-series is Canon’s flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

Constant f/4 aperture

The Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM is ideal for use in a wide range of light conditions, the f/4 maximum aperture stays constant over the full focal-length range, so there is no variation in shutter speed or ISO when zooming.

Sharp images with 4-stop Image Stabilizer

The Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM delivers steady shots in all situations, particularly when shooting handheld in low light or at the macro setting. The lens incorporates Canon’s four-stop Image Stabilizer technology and automatically detects normal shooting or panning motion, switching to the IS mode optimal for either situation.

Ultrasonic focusing

A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Full-time manual override lets you fine tune focus without leaving AF mode.

Smooth background blur

A 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel – so your foreground subjects stand out sharply against beautiful, smooth background blur.

Superb image quality

The Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM incorporates three aspherical elements to ensure corner-to-corner sharpness and clarity throughout the focal range. Two UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations. Super Spectra Coating ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera’s sensor. Fluorine coatings prevent dust and water droplets sticking to front and rear lens elements to help ensure optimum image quality.

0.28m minimum focusing distance

With only a 0.28m focusing distance through the entire zoom range, you can get closer to your subjects and still enjoy a wide field of view.

Non-rotating front element

Easily attach 77mm filters thanks to the non-rotating front element.


Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 98° – 54°,
74°10′ – 38°,
108°10′ – 63°
Lens construction (elements/groups) 16/12
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture 22
Closest focussing distance (m) 0.28
Maximum magnification (x) 0.23x (at 35mm)
Distance Information Yes
Image stabilizer* 4.0
AF actuator Ring USM¹


Dust/moisture resistance** Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 77
Max. diameter x length (mm) 82.6 x 112.8
Weight (g) 615


Lens cap E-77 II
Lens hood EW-82
Lens case/pouch LP1219
Rear cap Lens Dust Cap E
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF12 II 0.63-0.36¹
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF25 II 1.12-0.80¹
Extender Compatiblity Not Compatible
Other Accessories Close-up lens 500D, tele only – 0.07 to 0.28x
Gelatin Filter Holder IV for full telephoto only
AF actuator ¹ Full time Manual focus
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF12 II ¹ Not Compatible at wide angles
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF25 II ¹ Not Compatible at wide angles
  • * Tested under CIPA standards
  • ** Lenses with dust/moisture resistance are fitted with a rubber ring on the lens mount which may cause sligth abrasion of the camera mount.
  • This in no way effects either the lens or camera performance.