New Canon 16-35mm and 10-18mm Wide Lenses with Image Stabilization

Yesterday Canon has announced two new wide angle lenses and both with image stabilization. Only in the last few years have we seen Canon offering Image Stabilization in wide angle lenses. I've always had my eye on the Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L which is an amazing lens that retails for $1700 dollars.

The new Canon 16-35mm F/4L introduced yesterday may not be as fast, but does offer image stabilization. Whether you think you need Image Stabilization on a wide lens is subjective, but it is $500 dollars less as still rated as an L series lens. [Found Here]

Canon 16-35 IS USM Lens F4
find-price-button Canon 16-35mm F/4L IS USM Lens

The new Canon 10-18mm IS STM Lens is designed for EF-S mounts (APS-C) cameras such as the Rebel series or new Canon 70D. This can also be used on BlackMagic Cinema Cameras with EF mounts and at under $300 dollars a great option versus the popular Tokina 11-16mm (which does not have IS). The STM (stepper motor) means is should work well for auto focusing, especially targeted for use in video mode where you need full time auto focus. [Found Here]

Canon EF-S 10-18 F4 STM Lens
find-price-button Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens

6 thoughts on “New Canon 16-35mm and 10-18mm Wide Lenses with Image Stabilization

  1. fugenie

    A question regarding wide lenses for the GH4... will the canon speedbooster (when it finally comes) for the gh4 make it equivalent super35 (not full frame)? If so, then is this a very enticing option?:

    ...while the build itself is non-L series quality the optics are, apparently, directly transferred from the pro-line and are super sharp. At f2.8 with image stabilisation + speedbooster... is it a dream option for the gh4+speedbooster for verite style shooting?

  2. Emm

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    @magetv - The Tokina 11-16mm is an F/2.8, beautiful lens, I have this lens too, but wasn't designed for full time auto focus in video mode. The Canon 10-22mm is also a great lens, but several years old and wasn't designed for full time auto focus in video mode. (here's a demo with that lens BTW)

    Canon now has this 10-18mm with image stabilization + STM which is designed specifically for full time auto focus in video mode (not to mention the lens is cheaper).

    I don't typically use F/2.8 on my super wide lenses. So image quality perhaps can't be compared wide open to an F/2.8, but I guess it's still possible it may end up being sharper than another lens when stopped down to equal this aperture. - We'll have to wait and see. So around the 10-22mm focal range I'm saying this lens may be a very good option for those seeking full time near silent continuous auto focus in video mode.

  3. magetv

    I'm kinda on the boat with Ikarus... I use the 70D almost exclusively for video...almost always on one of my stabilisers because it pulls its own focus.
    My Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 always failed in AF tracking video mode due to communication errors...I heard that the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 has far better [but not 100%] success in that area. I rented the Canon EF-s 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 and it worked like a CHARM!
    I recently noticed more of that lens on craigslist and eBay...and now I understand why...

    I think in outdoor conditions the 10-18mm STM will likely do very nicely...
    I wonder how the build quality is vs the 10-22mm...

    I will likely rent it when it becomes available and see how it feels like...

  4. Emm

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    @Scott - Maybe it's targeted to wide landscape photos or videographers who use these lenses and get everything in focus. For my really wide lenses, I think I rarely use them at even F/2.8. I'm typically around F/6.3 with my Sigma 20mm. Personally I would choose this over the original 16-35mm F/2.8 because of the IS, and it's cheaper.

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