Canon has made a bold statement with its latest L-series lens, but is the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens all it’s made out to be? Michael Topham puts the f/4L USM to the test

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM review

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM – Our verdict

Canon and its engineers must be praised for constructing one of their finest L-series lenses, and for the way they’ve created one of the best, if not the best, rectilinear wideangle zooms ever made. If you’re a full-frame user who specialises in landscape, architectural or interior photography, and demand a lens that’s not only capable of squeezing as much of your surroundings as possible into the frame, but does so with exceptional optical performance, this is one to add to your wish list. The lens’s price tag is likely to be more than most can justify, which means it will probably creep into more pros’ bags than enthusiasts’. That said, with a day’s hire costing £51 and a week’s hire being available for under £110 (www.hireacamera.com), it’s not entirely out of reach. For a one-off shoot, we’d see this as being a small price to pay to get your hands on this absolutely outstanding piece of glass. Hats off to Canon – it’s a lens that has been well worth the wait.

  1. 1. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM - Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM - Build and handling
  3. 3. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM - Image quality
  4. 4. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM - Our verdict
  5. 5. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Review – Hands-on First Look
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  • IH8RDCLMSLMS

    Canon has come a long way in the last 10 years on the wide angle front. Canon FF shooters need no longer buy Nikon 12-24mm AF lenses or old primes to get decent wide angle images. This lens continues that.

  • Bruce Wayne

    I’d like to see the f2.8 version.

  • Rich Mack

    A tad too expensive, why? Yes, some of you will say…and some will justify the amount of glass gone into this…but really, there are comparisons out there that will do the job. Time to get real..!