Canon EF11-24mm f/4L USM Lens

Canon EF11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review – Just WOW! (Podcast 465)

Canon have just released the EF11-24mm f/4L USM Lens, and having picked mine up on the day of release, after a few outings around the city here in Tokyo we're going to take a look at this lens and its images today. When I first heard about the rumours that Canon were working on a 14-24mm lens I was ecstatic, but when the rumours shifted to the range being 11-24mm, I became slightly concerned that the image quality might be compromised by making this lens start at such a wide field of view. When Canon tagged the announcement of the EF11-24mm f/4L lens...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
14 Comments
  • Johan Chan
    Posted at 03:08h, 31 March Reply

    Thank You for this magnificient review.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:34h, 31 March Reply

      You’re very welcome Johan. I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

  • Chris Weber
    Posted at 14:45h, 23 June Reply

    Very informative as usual Martin, thank you for making me want this lens!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:57h, 24 June Reply

      And for good reason Chris. This is an amazing chunk of glass. 🙂

  • John Ward
    Posted at 20:14h, 30 June Reply

    Martin, I just ordered my 11-24mm. Can you tell me where to by the sheets of Tri Acetyl Cellulose ND filter from FujiFilm? Great review, I enjoy the podcasts and the blog.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 20:21h, 30 June Reply

      Great stuff. You’ll love it John!

      I buy my Tri Acetyl Cellulose NDs from Yodobashi Camera here in Japan. I’m not sure where you can get this stuff in other countries though.

  • Derrick
    Posted at 06:01h, 09 July Reply

    Aloha Martin,
    Can’t seem to find the filters on Yodabashi’s website. Is there any other places you know if that we can get these filters? Thanks!

  • Derrick
    Posted at 05:26h, 17 July Reply

    Thank you Martin! Do I have to cut these to size or will they fit right in?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:38h, 17 July Reply

      Derrick, you have to cut them to size. Take a look at the photo above; I cut small squares from the full sheet, using the top left corner which has the ND rating printed on it. I put them into small 35mm film sleeves, and keep them all in a small 35mm slide case to carry them around with me. You can cut more than one from each piece of film, but only the first one has the ND rating on it.

  • Ludwig
    Posted at 15:57h, 31 August Reply

    Hi Martin,,

    Thank you once again for all your great reviews and sharing your knowledge. I read this article when you first published it but only now I have a question. For my needs I am specifically interested in the 14mm range, so since you had the prime and now this new beautiful lens I would like to know if at 14mm is this lens far superior to the prime and is really worth the increased price or if the prime is equivalent or even better.?
    Thank you very much for your thoughts.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:42h, 31 August Reply

      Hi Ludwig,

      You know, the 14mm lens was no slouch, but the image quality is better from the 11-24mm. Not really “far” superior, but it’s better, so it really depends on how much this means to you. If the 11-24mm hadn’t come out, I’d have been happy to stick with my 14mm. The other benefit though, is that I am now traveling with one lens instead of two, as I also sold the 16-35mm. Also, I shot out of a helicopter with the 11-24mm yesterday, in Greenland, and the images at 11mm were spectacular. Right now you say you only need 14mm, but if you had the versatility of the zoom, I’m sure you’d capitalize on it.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Trevor
    Posted at 12:54h, 20 November Reply

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for your excellent review. It covered practical aspects of usage that no other review has even touched on. I purchased this lens and have been very happy with its results. It pairs beautifully with my 28-300. I want to pursue buying the filters from Yodobashi. I live in Canada and Yodobashi only ships within Japan. Can you suggest any ideas for obtaining these filters. I am currently using the Lee Filter sample pack. Thanks in advance.
    Trevor

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:55h, 20 November Reply

      Hi Trevor,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the review.

      You’ll need a friend here in Japan to ship to I imagine. I have shipped things for people in the past that went missing, so I don’t do that anymore I’m afraid.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

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