In this review, we will be comparing Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III and Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM, two Wideangle Zoom lenses by Canon. Both lenses have the same focal range of 16-35mm but different max apertures: Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III has a max aperture of F2.8 while the Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM has a max aperture of F4.0.
We will start with briefly looking and the main specs of these two lenses and in the section, we will start analyzing in more detail and list the pros and cons of each lenses.
What type of photography are the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III and Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM lenses good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III and the Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
||Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III
||Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM
|Vlogging||Very Good||Very Good|
|Landscape||Very Good||Very Good|
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III is the longer of the two lenses at 128mm. The Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM with a length of 113mm is 15mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III also has a larger diameter of 89mm compared to Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM's 83mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM weighs 615g, 22% (175g) lighter than the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III's weight of 790g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Wideangle Zoom Lenses in Canon EF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Wideangle Zoom Lenses in Canon EF Mount for Size Comparison
Both Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III and Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.