tnp wrote in post #17826087
Another thing I don't like about my 18-55 kit lens is that the front rotates, so I can't use filters.
I was going through some stuff in storage the other day and came across my very old Sigma 28-105 that I had back in my film days. Haven't tried it yet to see how sharp it is, but so far I have found most of my old film camera lenses to be lacking in sharpness compared to newer lenses.
My experience too. Even the great legendary lenses from the film days are crappy by today's standards.
Extreme example: The Pentax SMC Takumar 500mm f/4.5, a lens so expensive and exotic most could only dream about them back in the day. I got a copy and found the IQ terrible. The out-of-focus CA was so bad, you could see it in the viewfinder. But people raved about the lens back then. Of course it had only 4 elements. By comparison, today's Canon 500 II has 16 elements. So yes, there has been significant improvement.
Similarly, the Takumar 100mm macro, famed for its sharpness, was no match for my Canon 70-300mm zoom with 500D closeup lens attached.
Even in the digital age we see significant improvements with time. The 15-85mm was lauded in its day only a few years ago. The current 18-55mm STM is quite a bit better. Of course it doesn't have the zoom range.
What will the future bring?