Canon Digital Photography Forums  

Go Back   Canon Digital Photography Forums > 'Equipment Talk' section > Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
Register Rules FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #1
Schipperke
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Seattle
Posts: 159
Default What makes an L an L?

If this is somewhere else please point it out.

What makes an L an L?

Thanks

__________________
EOS 7D, 40D, Ef 24-70mm 2.8 L, Tamron SP AF 17-50MM f/2.8, EF100 f/2.8 USM, Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX(50-135), multiple Speedlites, multiple AlienBee's, & CS3, and other stuff...
Schipperke is offline   Reply With Quote
This ad block will go away when you log in as member
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #2
ghms421
Member
 
ghms421's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bethesda,MD
Posts: 471
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

They all have a red ring, which is why everyone writes the L in red, just like you have.
ghms421 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #3
ct dub12
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 99
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

they have better glass most of the time, larger apertures most of the time, constant apertures most of the time. red rings.
ct dub12 is offline   Reply With Quote
This ad block will go away when you log in as member
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #4
AirBrontosaurus
Goldmember
 
AirBrontosaurus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Posts: 3,813
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

Canon's highest build quality, they each have at least one special fluoride glass element, Canon's best color reproduction and saturation, best flare control, and all around Canon's "best" lenses. They cost a lot though. To some they're worth it, to others they aren't.
__________________
Chris | My Flickr | AirBrontosaurus.com | Peleng 8mm Fisheye writeup
Body
: Canon 5D
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L | Canon MP-E 65mm Macro | Canon 85mm f/1.8 |

AirBrontosaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #5
_aravena
isn't this answer a stickie yet?
 
_aravena's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Back in the 757
Posts: 12,401
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

It's mainly the glass. They use different glass in the L's just as Sigma does with APO, Nikon with ED, etc.

Better overall build as well cause they do take their time on these beauties, but it's glass and build.
__________________
Last Shot Photography
My Site ~ Gear List ~ Bag Reviews
_aravena is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #6
StealthLude
Goldmember
 
StealthLude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 3,680
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

Dont forget AF peformance as well. Their USM lenses like the 300mm 2.8 IS L has the fastest AF in the world when paired with a 1 series camera.

The camera has a lot to do with it, but lenses like the 70-200 are also very fast on a standard body like a 20D.

But yes, it comes back to build and glass are the main reasons. Id say they are pretty durable. I baby my gear so I have no idea HOW durable, but they are built for profesional use.
__________________
[[Gear List]]

Skype: Stealthlude
StealthLude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #7
StealthLude
Goldmember
 
StealthLude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 3,680
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

To add to what I had to say, just because its got a red L, doesnt mean its the best either.

Ive seen and used plenty of non L lenses that preform amazing with L type optics. 100mm Macro is one that I hold in very high regards as a non L lens.
__________________
[[Gear List]]

Skype: Stealthlude
StealthLude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #8
godzakka
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 347
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

I'm suprised no one said it: because Canon said so.

As others have said, it (to my knowledge) always has special glass (such as aspherical or flouride elements) and better build quality, among other things.
godzakka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #9
AirBrontosaurus
Goldmember
 
AirBrontosaurus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Posts: 3,813
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

L's must also be compatible with FF bodies, so no EF-S lens can be an L.
__________________
Chris | My Flickr | AirBrontosaurus.com | Peleng 8mm Fisheye writeup
Body
: Canon 5D
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L | Canon MP-E 65mm Macro | Canon 85mm f/1.8 |

AirBrontosaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #10
august23
Sensitive + Shopoholic = chick?
 
august23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey
Posts: 3,123
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

L's also make you a better photographer. If you don't become a better photographer from the glass you use, you're not using an L.
__________________



august23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #11
Sir Tony
Member
 
Sir Tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Posts: 265
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/C...ns-Series.aspx
__________________
Canon EOS 30D and EOS 3 (35mm Film)
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Cambo SC w/ 150mm Caltar II-N f/5.6 (4x5)
My Gear

Sir Tony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #12
Eagle
Goldmember
 
Eagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 4,291
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

Quote:
Originally Posted by AirBrontosaurus View Post
L's must also be compatible with FF bodies, so no EF-S lens can be an L.
Is that stated somewhere by Canon. I know there are no EF-S currently that are L but who's to say they don't make one in the future.
__________________
7D ■ 10-22 ■ 15-85 ■ 28-135 ■ Σ 50-150 ■ 70-200 f4L ■ 100-400L ■ 580EX II
Gear-PC SmugMug ShutterStock Alamy Eagle's Nest Photography
Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #13
AirBrontosaurus
Goldmember
 
AirBrontosaurus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Posts: 3,813
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eagle View Post
Is that stated somewhere by Canon. I know there are no EF-S currently that are L but who's to say they don't make one in the future.
I think that's just built into the L definition. But, I suppose I could be wrong.
__________________
Chris | My Flickr | AirBrontosaurus.com | Peleng 8mm Fisheye writeup
Body
: Canon 5D
Lenses: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L | Canon MP-E 65mm Macro | Canon 85mm f/1.8 |

AirBrontosaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #14
_aravena
isn't this answer a stickie yet?
 
_aravena's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Back in the 757
Posts: 12,401
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

Yeah, I don't see it. I think the EF-S thing was a failed experiment. Maybe not, but who knows.
__________________
Last Shot Photography
My Site ~ Gear List ~ Bag Reviews
_aravena is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th of April 2007 (Sun)   #15
Richard7481
Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kawasaki, Japan
Posts: 79
Default Re: What makes an L an L?

I think the EF-S line already has an "L" in the form of the 17-55.
__________________
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM
Richard7481 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does IS makes a sound on EF-S 17-55? Eoseni Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 24 21st of May 2007 (Mon) 12:20
What makes an amature? thekid24 General Photography Talk 98 19th of March 2007 (Mon) 20:03
Liv2Trip makes me do it. PetKal Birds 4 3rd of November 2006 (Fri) 19:31
She makes me smile quattrosnow People 7 9th of September 2006 (Sat) 18:08
What makes a portrait ... DOrtiz People 1 8th of May 2005 (Sun) 02:17


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
This forum is not affiliated with Canon in any way and is run as a free user helpsite by Pekka Saarinen, Helsinki Finland. You will need to register in order to be able to post messages. Cookies are required for registering and posting. HTML in messages is not allowed, plain website addresses are automatically made active by the board.