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Dec 20, 2008 01:02 |  #1

I know this may be a silly question, but I was just thinking. What is the absolute best lens from canon? Regardless of focal length or aperture. The one lens you would use if you were trying to demonstrate the best possible output from a Canon camera. (How ever you want to interpret that I guess.)


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Dec 20, 2008 01:05 |  #2

Not the coolest lens. Not the lens with the sickest aperture. Not the lens with the 'look at that!' factor. But, my vote is: 70-200 F4L IS


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Dec 20, 2008 01:10 |  #3

Well it's a hard question since different lenses are used for different things.. but I'd probably say the 70-200mm line.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:10 |  #4

300mm f/2.8L IS or 400mm f/2.8L IS


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Dec 20, 2008 01:17 |  #5

Define 'best'.

Sharpest? Nicest qualities like bokeh/contrast/colour? Focusing ability?

Pure sharpness: Any macro lens, 200 f/2, 300 2.8.
Overall qualities: 200 f/2, 300 2.8, 85L.

Re: the 70-200 line. Not a chance in hell. They're good, but no zooms come even close to the best primes.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:21 |  #6

70-200 2.8


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Dec 20, 2008 01:22 |  #7

35L?


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Dec 20, 2008 01:22 |  #8

If sharpness is the benchmark, I'd stop the 135L down to about f/5.6 & call it a day. Something else might be better, but no one would be able to tell. Their eyes would implode from the strain of trying to find the minute differences.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:24 |  #9

FLYH2O wrote in post #6913549 (external link)
70-200 2.8

Not even close. Owning a lens doesn't make it the best Canon has to offer.

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35L?

Nope. It's relatively soft wide open (compared to the best).

Having said that, I'm buying one soon :p, man that's a sweet, sweet lens.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:25 |  #10

cdifoto wrote in post #6913563 (external link)
If sharpness is the benchmark, I'd stop the 135L down to about f/5.6 & call it a day. Maybe the 85L would be better, but no one would be able to tell. Their eyes would implode from the strain of trying to find the minute differences.

I don't know if the 85L would be better than the 135L in terms of sharpness. It is incredibly sharp at f/1.2 though, almost unbelievably so. At f/5.6, you wouldn't be able to tell anyway, you'd only be able to tell the difference by the focal length and bokeh.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:28 |  #11

That's what I figure. If I'm trying to show the best a camera body can do, I'm not going to be messing about with wide open apertures anyway.

Then again, there's no point trying to demonstrate sharpness of a camera body. That's primarily a lens function.

So, OP, what about the body are you trying to test? High ISO? AI Servo Focus Speed? One-Shot Focus Speed? Focus Accuracy? Low-Light Focus Ability? Max Chimp-Speed? Crush Test?


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Dec 20, 2008 01:29 |  #12

cdifoto wrote in post #6913591 (external link)
That's what I figure. If I'm trying to show the best a camera body can do, I'm not going to be messing about with wide open apertures anyway.

Unless you wanna show off bokeh. Mmm...creamy.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:31 |  #13

perryge wrote in post #6913597 (external link)
Unless you wanna show off bokeh. Mmm...creamy.

But that's not demonstrating what the camera can do. That's demonstrating what the lens can do.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:32 |  #14

IMHO, if you really want to demonstrate what a camera can do, go to DxOMark and measurbate their lenseless numbers & charts.

It doesn't mean crap to me but it eliminates the lens variable.


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Dec 20, 2008 01:33 |  #15

cdifoto wrote in post #6913603 (external link)
But that's not demonstrating what the camera can do. That's demonstrating what the lens can do.

Well if you really wanna show off what the camera can do, you need non-Canon lenses. No Canon lens lives up to the best manual focus glass out there - that Japanese glass just doesn't hold up against the Germans.

Some nice german APO glass'll do nicely. Voigtlander APO-Lanthar SL 125mm f/2.5 Macro should do it. That or the coastal optics 60mm f/4 APO Macro.


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