Friday, March 23, 2007

Canon Introduces New 16-35 f/2.8L

Canon has introduced a new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens to replace the previous EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens as a high-performance L-series wide-angle zoom lens.

Canon says the new lens is specifically designed for improved peripheral image quality. Compatible with all EOS SLRs past and present – film, digital and full-frame digital – it uses three high-precision aspherical lens elements and two Ultra Low Dispersion lens elements to minimize lateral chromatic aberration and to produce “superb” image quality with “excellent” resolution and contrast. New coatings minimize ghosting and flare.

The lens features an internal focus design, so the front element does not rotate during focusing and zooming, a convenience when using polarizers or grads. Other features include a ring-type USM (Ultra Sonic Monitor), and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing. The lens is also fully gasketed and sealed for dust and moisture resistance, and features an electronic diaphragm with circular blades for natural-looking background blur effects.

The 16 elements in 12 groups provide an angle of view ranging from 63 degrees to 108 degrees and focus down to 11 inches. The lens measures 3.5x4.4 inches and takes 82mm filters.

For MTF curves and other details from the Canon web site, click here.
Canon did not announce a price, but the current 16-35 sells for just under $1,400 street.

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