The Canon MTF chart looks really nice as well. Of course there is a drop off at the edge of the frame, I have yet to see one that did not for an UWA. Looks like it will be incredibly sharp at the center wide open. However, the edges/corners show some improvement when stopping down according to the MTF, which is expected. But
Looking forward to this! If/when a f/2.8 of something comes out, I may just buy it in addition to this lens versus having one or the other, especially if the 14-24 f/2.8 or whatever they come out with wont accept filters and such.
Looking at the wide end of the MTF against the 17-40 (left). Looks to be a very nice improvement across the entire frame. Should be able to use this lens wide open and still get better performance at the edge of the frame than the 17-40 stopped down.
I don't really see the need for IS, still... Especially given how ineffective it seems to be at wider FL (the 35mm f/2 IS was good for MAYBE 2-stops reliably... Compared to 3 or 4 with the 70-200 II and 300 II). But I guess even if it is only good for 2-stops, will allow me to handhold it down to 1/4 consistently.... Could be useful for my shooting at times for sure.