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Apr 29, 2011 16:04 |  #1

Are the L lenses significantly sharper and better quality than the standard cannon lenses?
I have the 18-135mm std lens and I am thinking of buying 24-70mm L lens?

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Apr 29, 2011 16:08 |  #2

mscates176 wrote in post #12317908 (external link)
Are the L lenses significantly sharper and better quality than the standard cannon lenses?

Yes.

mscates176 wrote in post #12317908 (external link)
I have the 18-135mm std lens and I am thinking of buying 24-70mm L lens?

Good. Have fun.




  
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Apr 29, 2011 16:09 |  #3

Yup, the L lens is everything its advertised to be. Sharper, better IQ, better color, contrast, better build, and some are weather resistant. Ive had the 24-70 and it is an awsome lens. However when I had to replace it I did get the 24-105 instead. It is a lens worth checking out. Its a bit lighter I think, it has IS, equal in IQ and a bit more range. Yes, you are loosing a stop on aperature, but you more than make up for that in IS. Unless you need the 2.8 I would at least look into the 24-105.


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Apr 29, 2011 16:10 |  #4

You could argue about the "sharpness" factor, 17-55 comes to mind.




  
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Apr 29, 2011 16:12 |  #5

Thankyou for your help and informative response




  
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Apr 29, 2011 16:16 |  #6

Sharpness and IQ still needs good technique, even from the best lenses.

A red ring isn't a magic bullet by any standard.


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Apr 29, 2011 16:53 as a reply to  @ Pete's post |  #7

An argument could be made that the red ring will give you sharper images though. Sure technique is part of the equation, but the faster, more acurate autofocus, the better glass than the consumer grade lenses, one could say that the red ring could be the magic bullet to sharper images. IMHO, your keeper rate should be higher just by putting an L lens on your body especially when shooting sports and wildlife.


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Apr 29, 2011 17:08 |  #8

i would not say that every L lens is sharper than ever non L lens, the 85 1.8 comes to mind which extremely sharp even wide open. the 24-70 is an awesome lens that has a WOW factor but is not always the sharpest lens in my bag.


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Apr 29, 2011 17:49 |  #9
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Apr 29, 2011 18:15 |  #10

Depends on the L lens and the non-L lens you are comparing. Not really hard to find a lens sharper than the 18-135...


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Apr 29, 2011 18:53 |  #11

^^^^What he said^^^^ ;)


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Apr 29, 2011 19:01 |  #12

themadman wrote in post #12318642 (external link)
Depends on the L lens and the non-L lens you are comparing.

yes, some L's are not as sharp compared to other lens on a crop model

for example, this L
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Apr 29, 2011 19:24 |  #13

A lot of the times, you are also getting better build quality, which can be just as important as the increases in IQ


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Apr 29, 2011 19:28 as a reply to  @ Borman's post |  #14

If I take the same photo (lighting conditions and all) with a non-L and an L, then I would suspect that I would be able, in most cases, to easily tell the difference between the two, even on a low-resolution computer monitor…even without having to pixel peep (other qualities such as contrast and color don't require such magnified verification).

Yet, if someone tossed 100 8X10 photos, all different, in front of me, whereby half were taken with an L, and the other half were taken with a non-L, I would probably be hard-pressed to differentiate one from the other, with perhaps just a few exceptions.

My point is not to discredit the benefits of the L, especially since other folks might be able to identify the lens used in the 100 photos, and faster autofocus and low light capabilities might prove a boon depending on your style of photography. Still, even objectively measurable qualities often visually manifest differently under different conditions. How important any of this is to you depends on your needs or wants.

And of course, no amount of sharpening can save a boring photograph.

Anyway, all L lenses would be sufficiently sharp for my needs, but yours may differ.


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Apr 29, 2011 19:50 |  #15

sjones wrote in post #12318924 (external link)
How important any of this is to you depends on your needs or wants.

This.

I bought a 70-200 F4 IS, one of the sharpest L lenses, and I returned it in favour of my 55-250. Why? Because I couldn't justify owning a $1300 lens which for my purposes does almost the same job as a $230 lens.


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