I recently purchased copy of the EF-S 17-55 lens and was out testing it in the field and I have notice that whenever I had taken an image with trees the leafs/leaves at 100% zoomed in looked un-sharp and reminded me of the look of watercolor paintings. There was no wind and shutter speeds were around 250th to 400th of a sec handheld with IS on.
Is it normal for wide angle zooms to have this effect on trees? I haven't had a wide angle for about 1 year now, as I have become addicted to primes lately. I used to have a 17-40 L and thought it did the same thing, but not as bad. Plus my primes are any smaller than a 50mm.
I just think texture shouldn't be lost on the leaves, but perhaps since it is very wide, that I should expect it. I just don't know. Any tips or thoughts are appreciated.
P.S I've now had 2 copies of the EFS 17-55 and had to return them. Both were having focusing problems + other functioning issues. So now I am struggling as to which lenses I am going to get. I really, really, wanted to get the 17-55 but after two attempts, thinking of the 24-105L or the 10-22 + 18-135STM