The Canon16-35mm f/4.0 IS L Lens gives you a very wide angle of view of your subject. That provides you with the ability to create achieve strong angles and powerful perspectives of a variety of subjects. These Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 sample images are a randomly selected collection of my own photography combined with some from other photographers.
Another advantage of using a wide angle zoom lens, like the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0 IS, is that you can take a lot of different compositions by simply moving your position by a small amount.
The sample image above was my favorite of the 5 different variations I shot using the 16-35mm and its zoom. The 3 vertical composition sample photos below were made with the lens zoomed all the way out to the 16mm focal length.
I'd appreciate your feedback. Can you vote for the one that you think is best?
The 16-35mm lens is most commonly purchased to use for shooting landscape photos. See the classic example below of how you can use this super wide angle of the 16-35mm lens to include foreground objects to create depth in your images.
The 16-35 zoom gives you the ability to compose moderately wide angle compositions in addition to the super wide angle that comes along with shooting at 16mm focal length.
I zoomed in to a focal length of 29mm for the storytelling pose below.
The sample image below was a 30 second exposure (image stabilization turned off) with my 5D Mark III mounted to a tripod. I waited for the light levels to fall to a point where I could shoot with such a long shutter speed. I lowered my ISO to 160 and set the 16-35mm lens at f/18. to get a good exposure for 30 second.
In the photo above, I settled on setting my 16-35 lens at a focal length of 34mm. That focal length gave me the perspective I liked with the rocks and sea grasses rendered the proper size in the foreground. Shooting with the lens at a wider zoom made the rocks and grasses too small for the composition.
Like many other sunset photographs over water, the sample image above and the sample image below show the color contrast between the blue and the yellow tones that make sunset photos so appealing.
Shooting shadows with your 16-35mm zoom lens is a great way to practice your compositional technique. All you need is a clear sky and objects to play around with. One of my favorite images that came out of my portfolio of images made in photography school was a simple shadow photo taken in the student center.
The beautiful interior shot below was shot with the 16-35mm lens by Michael D. Beckwith. I particularly like the strong diagonal lines that lead your eye into the photograph.
In another post I explored whether the 16-35 is worth the money. It's one of only a few lenses in this class that has image stabilization (IS) built into the lens. The IS is rated as up to 4 stops of stabilizing. For a deeper look at whether it's a good lens for you read the post Canon 16-35mm Lens.
If your shooting style includes needing a fast lens you can also look at the two faster f/2.8 versions of the Canon EF 16-35mm. Read this post: Side by side Canon 16-35mm lens Comparison.
I bought my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0 IS lens from Amazon on July 27 of 2020 and have been happily using it since then. Please consider using one of the links below to make your purchase.
As an Amazon affiliate Canon Camera Geek receives a small commission from qualifying purchases, at NO added cost to you.
For related posts on the Canon Geek website, see the links below my signature, or use the search box below.
Jun 26, 22 04:17 PM
Also called a Perspective Control lens, what is the canon 17mm tilt shift lens used for
Jun 25, 22 03:25 PM
There's a large selection and price range of solid choices for you. Which Canon prime lens is worth it? Helpful list and guide
Jun 25, 22 12:48 PM
Are they any good and how do Canon extnesion tubes work? Should you get the tubes made by a 3rd party or go with the extension tubes made by Canon
Jun 22, 22 03:09 PM
Need help choosing a wide angle for your Canon DSLR. Here are the 10 Best Canon wide angle lens choices.
Jun 21, 22 07:10 AM
Hello, Thank you for reviewing this question. I am trying to just shoot with my t8i vertically and then play it back on a TV that is vertically oriented.
Jun 17, 22 07:28 AM
You have 3 choices for a starter lens for your EOS 70D. What's the best direction to go for a canon 70d kit lens.