Canon today announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for its EF lineup: the 11-24mm f/4L USM. Canon claims the lens offers the widest angle of view ever achieved for a rectilinear full frame DSLR lens.
It boasts an angle of view of 126° 5′. By comparison, the popular 16-35mm offers an angle of view of 108° 10′.
The lens packs 16 elements into 11 groups and features four aspherical elements that help to combat distortion across the entire frame and zoom range. There are also special UD elements and coatings for dealing with chromatic aberration, ghosting, and flare.
The front of the lens has a built-in petal-style lens hood with light-shielding grooves. Build-wise, the lens is sealed to prevent dust and water from entering its body. On the inside, the minimum focusing distance is 11 inches (24mm) and there’s a 9-blade circular aperture.
In addition to photographers who need this type of lens for wide views of scenes (e.g. architecture, real estate, sport, wedding, astrophotography), videographers will be “equally as impressed with the lens’ ability to retain straight lines,” Canon says.
Here are some sample photos captured with the 11-24mm:
You’ll be able to pick up a 11-24mm f/4L starting in late February 2015 for a price of $3,000.