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Jul 05, 2011 03:25 |  #1

I bought a second hand copy of the Canon 70-200 f/4L (Non-IS). But I often find that the pictures I take with it are severely lacking in contrast. I have to push the contrast REALLY hard in post to bring out colours and definiton. Is this a normal problem with this lens or? It is regardless of which aperture I use, I've tried everything from 4 to 32...

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Jul 05, 2011 03:32 |  #2

I never had problems with mine when I owned one. Actually, I think this lens had the most contrast including local contrast of any lens I have owned. Any sample shots?


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Jul 05, 2011 03:34 |  #3

IS version in my case but mine is beautifully contrasty and sharp. Probably best to post a few un-processed shots for the experts on here to assess.

Are you using a UV or similar filter by the way? If so, try some comparison shots with and without.

When you suffer low contrast, what are the lighting conditions? Small apertures can give mixed results so again, do some comparisons at all apertures.

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Jul 05, 2011 03:49 |  #4

Are you using the hood? Could be veiling flare.


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Jul 05, 2011 03:57 |  #5

I still use one and find it contrast enough. Here is one sample with slight saturation in PS.
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Jul 05, 2011 04:08 |  #6

anthony11 wrote in post #12706179 (external link)
Are you using the hood? Could be veiling flare.

...especially if he's using a poor filter without the hood.

Is this a late finish or an early start for you in Seattle by the way?




  
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Jul 05, 2011 04:13 |  #7

Oh, and apologies Håkon - you've already done tests at all apertures so ignore that part of my first post. Should read more thoroughly.

Can you test the lens on another body?




  
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Jul 05, 2011 04:18 |  #8

Put the hood on, and also try shooting without any filter (if any).


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Jul 05, 2011 06:26 as a reply to  @ jwicaksana's post |  #9

Pictures,,we need pictures.

Please include EXIF..

Many things can cause low contrast,, overexposure, lighting, flare, dirty filter/front element, camera settings..


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Jul 05, 2011 07:21 |  #10

Also I had the same when I first got mine.
Took the filter off and hood on bang picture changes.


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Jul 05, 2011 07:26 |  #11

completely worthless without unedited pics and 100% crops ;)


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Jul 05, 2011 17:08 |  #12

JohnB57 wrote in post #12706205 (external link)
...especially if he's using a poor filter without the hood.

Is this a late finish or an early start for you in Seattle by the way?

Heh. More the former. My 2.5 year old woke me up and I couldn't get back to sleep.


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Jul 05, 2011 17:39 |  #13

We need to see some pictures~!


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Jul 05, 2011 18:02 |  #14

My 70-200 f4 produces beautiful-contrasty pictures.




  
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Jul 05, 2011 21:07 as a reply to  @ Bananapie's post |  #15

I think 70-200 f4 normally gives good contrast. It's some of the best i've seen at that price range.


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