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Nov 16, 2017 12:29 |  #1

Hello all,

I had a conversation with my sister in law which is a excellent photographer.
She stated that lenses are not as sharp anymore after say 3 years?

I never knew that and dought that it is tru.

Any thoughts?

Kind regards

Jan




  
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Nov 16, 2017 12:33 |  #2

What is her explanation for this?

Not that I would beleive it, just curious.


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Nov 16, 2017 12:44 |  #3

Not true... if this was the case, there would be no market for vintage lenses, nor would people hold onto their glass long after they get rid of bodies.

Not to be mean, but I have met very talented photographers that completely don't understand the technical details of the equipment they shoot with. I have met the opposite too, those that know the technical stuff inside and out, but cannot really produce good results.

This sounds like she had a run-in with an over-zealous salesman at a camera shop.


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Nov 16, 2017 12:48 |  #4

So I've been replacing my lenses every other year for nothing?

Edit: On a serious note I have Canon EF lenses that go back to film days that I still use today. Most of my lenses have been upgraded to "Better" since my early introduction into this expensive hobby.


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Nov 16, 2017 13:44 |  #5

Chet wrote in post #18497890 (external link)
So I've been replacing my lenses every other year for nothing?


You know, I would love to replace my lenses for nothing. Hell, I would love to replace everything I own for nothing :-)


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Nov 16, 2017 14:16 |  #6

sure they can get soft if they sit for 3years and get covered in dust and you dont clean them off.


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Nov 16, 2017 14:23 |  #7

05Xrunner wrote in post #18497937 (external link)
sure they can get soft if they sit for 3years and get covered in dust and you dont clean them off.

New invention: lens caps. You should get out more. :)

Until I switched to digital (2007?), most of my lenses were more than 30 (some 40+) years old. Gee, so were my cameras. I acquired a few Yashica bodies with C/Y mounts in the '70s & '80s, and used them until they finally died. Oh, the glass was still in excellent shape. I guess they made stuff better back then?

From my experience, I'd say you need to upgrade/replace your lenses at least every 40-50 years. :)




  
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Nov 16, 2017 14:34 |  #8

Guardijan wrote in post #18497881 (external link)
Any thoughts?

I'd like to see the reproducible data from multiple samples from different manufacture lines over time to show the validity of the concept itself.

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Nov 16, 2017 14:41 |  #9

Jan - Your sister-in-law has absolutely no basis for such a claim. This in not only completely false but also demonstrates a lack of critical thinking skills. Get your advice elsewhere.


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Nov 16, 2017 14:41 |  #10

My lenses never used to get stale but I need to be more careful. Although I have seen some vintage lenses 40+ years old going for prices comparable to a new lens. And the images are like wow too.




  
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Nov 16, 2017 15:06 |  #11

Guardijan wrote in post #18497881 (external link)
Hello all,

I had a conversation with my sister in law which is a excellent photographer.
She stated that lenses are not as sharp anymore after say 3 years?

I never knew that and dought that it is tru.

Any thoughts?

Kind regards

Jan


Yes it is absolutely true, but only in this condition: When the lens being used by photo journalists for DAILY news coverage, exposing them to harsh elements and treatments on daily basis, being knocked/throw around in the bag day in and day out, after 3 years the glass elements are sure to get out of alignment and no longer as sharp as they used to be. The fix is to send it in to be serviced by Canon, it will be sharp as new when you get it back.


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Nov 16, 2017 15:09 |  #12

she probably owns the 24-70 mk1  :p


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Nov 16, 2017 15:16 |  #13

Bassat wrote in post #18497941 (external link)
New invention: lens caps. You should get out more. :)

Until I switched to digital (2007?), most of my lenses were more than 30 (some 40+) years old. Gee, so were my cameras. I acquired a few Yashica bodies with C/Y mounts in the '70s & '80s, and used them until they finally died. Oh, the glass was still in excellent shape. I guess they made stuff better back then?

From my experience, I'd say you need to upgrade/replace your lenses at least every 40-50 years. :)

my response was a joke. I keep my gear in mint. I even dust them normally if not getting used much.


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Nov 16, 2017 15:22 |  #14

Yea......the glass gets stale.

....but if you put 'em in the microwave for about 18 seconds it'll freshen 'em right up. :rolleyes:


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Nov 16, 2017 15:50 |  #15

I think Talley and many others here would agree with your sister-in-law  :p


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