Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM review

The Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM could be the best value L-series glass that Canon has ever made

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Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM
(Image: © Peter Fenech)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Super wide, super sharp and light as the proverbial feather, the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM is possibly the best full-frame lens for travel and architecture photography. What's more, not only is it more affordable than its faster sibling (the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM) it's also a touch wider, offering premium performance in a compact and capable package.


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    Incredible image stabilizer

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    Close focusing distance

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    Wide 14mm field of view


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    Feels a little plasticky

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    Still a pricey proposition

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No, the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM isn’t a budget version of the trinity lens. Yes this model is quite a bit cheaper than the f/2.8 optic, but it represents a different experience altogether. 

At these ultra-wide focal lengths, a single millimetre can make a big difference to the field of view – so much so that the choice of the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM over the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM can make the difference between getting the shot and missing it. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.