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Aug 16, 2011 10:28 |  #1

Does lens quality have an affect on the color replication or is that solely a function of the camera processor?


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Aug 16, 2011 10:46 |  #2

different lenses can render color differently. for example, i found the 85L to render skin tones beautifully. but the 85 1.8 gave more of a flat dull color.


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Aug 16, 2011 10:53 |  #3

The lens is what reproduces the colors. A EF-S lens is a low quality lens and will not reproduce colors as acurate and vibrant as an L lens.




  
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Aug 16, 2011 11:09 |  #4

T2i4me wrote in post #12944924 (external link)
Does lens quality have an affect on the color replication or is that solely a function of the camera processor?

Yes, absolutely. Cheap/poor glass often muddies fine tonal variations, and despite what some people will tell you it is not always a quick fix in Photoshop to make the colors from one lens look like the colors from another.

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The lens is what reproduces the colors. A EF-S lens is a low quality lens and will not reproduce colors as acurate and vibrant as an L lens.

Uh, no. There are some very high-quality EF-S lenses that use optical formulas comparable to the L line.




  
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Aug 16, 2011 11:17 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #5

Lens is analog device which gathers the light, camera is digital device which reads light and interpretates it to colors.
But lens is infront of the camera.
The L means expensive optic elements, this is why L lenses are better with colors, contrast and so on.


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Aug 16, 2011 11:25 |  #6

kf095 wrote in post #12945207 (external link)
Lens is analog device which gathers the light, camera is digital device which reads light and interpretates it to colors.
But lens is infront of the camera.
The L means expensive optic elements, this is why L lenses are better with colors, contrast and so on.

Totally agree. I have had many lenses so I know there are big differences in color reproduction and contrast (and sharpness ofcourse).
As example, Canon 70-300 IS USM and sigma's long zooms like 150-500 makes quite low contrast and flat colours.. requires much more PP'ing than photos taken with high quality L optics like 100-400L, 70-200 and primes etc.

Here is example, 70-300 IS and 100-400 IS

IMAGE: http://tonskulus.kuvat.fi/kuvat/sekalaiset/pikseli/tirpat.jpg/_small.jpg
100-400 not only sharper, it also makes much richer colors and better contrast.

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Aug 16, 2011 12:04 |  #7

That example tells the story!

Thanks for the info.


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