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What makes an L an L?

 
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Apr 15, 2007 18:14 |  #1

If this is somewhere else please point it out.

What makes an L an L?

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Apr 15, 2007 18:29 |  #2

They all have a red ring, which is why everyone writes the L in red, just like you have.




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Apr 15, 2007 18:40 as a reply to ghms421's post |  #3

they have better glass most of the time, larger apertures most of the time, constant apertures most of the time. red rings.




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Apr 15, 2007 19:01 |  #4

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.


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Apr 15, 2007 19:28 |  #5

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.


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Apr 15, 2007 19:33 |  #6

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.


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Apr 15, 2007 19:35 |  #7

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.


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Apr 15, 2007 20:07 |  #8

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.




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Apr 15, 2007 20:46 |  #9

L's must also be compatible with FF bodies, so no EF-S lens can be an L.


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Apr 15, 2007 20:49 |  #10

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.



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Apr 15, 2007 21:12 |  #11

http://www.the-digital-picture.com .../Canon-L-Lens-Series.aspxexternal link


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Apr 15, 2007 21:25 as a reply to Sir Tony's post |  #12

AirBrontosaurus wrote in post #3047735external link
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.


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Apr 15, 2007 21:55 |  #13

Eagle wrote in post #3047912external link
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.


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Apr 15, 2007 21:58 |  #14

Yeah, I don't see it. I think the EF-S thing was a failed experiment. Maybe not, but who knows.


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Apr 15, 2007 21:59 |  #15

I think the EF-S line already has an "L" in the form of the 17-55.


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