Canon Announces New Ultra Wide Lenses With Image Stabilization

Who doesn't love a ultra wide-angle lens? Their popularity has only gotten stronger over the years, with every major lens system rocking one of their own. With two new lenses from Canon announced today, shooters will be able to capture those sweeping vistas with a welcome dose of stabilization.

The new lenses come in two flavors. One is a 16-35mm F/4L IS which will run $1200. Of course, Canon already has a 16-35mm f/2.8L lens, but for some, especially video shooters, image stabilization is a key feature to have, and is worth trading the larger aperture for.

For APS-C Canon owners on a budget, there is a EF-S 10-18mm F/4-5.6 IS STM. That yields an equivalent focal length of about 16-28mm. For only $300, this lens is a steal. It will be interesting to see how it compares, quality wise, to the $650 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.

Both lenses will be available in June.

It's always great to see these lenses getting updated with image stabilization, a feature slowly becoming integral to any camera system. It's a real shame that squeezing in the extra hardware usually requires a sacrifice in aperture size, which is why there is such strength to the in-body stabilization systems that Olympus and Panasonic employ in their mirrorless cameras. But nonetheless, at least Canon owners have more options now, which is always a good thing. [PopPhoto]