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The Meaning of "L"

 
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Sep 13, 2009 17:58 |  #46

L = LOL pricing :) haha


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Sep 13, 2009 18:02 |  #47

cdifoto wrote in post #8637903 (external link)
L = "better than our cheap stuff, but still not perfect because it's mass-produced."

I wonder how much custom made glass would cost and whether there would be enough gained to warrant it. Mass produced glass costing $2500 must be ridiculously expensive if custom made.




  
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Sep 13, 2009 18:11 |  #48

jetcode wrote in post #8637970 (external link)
I wonder how much custom made glass would cost and whether there would be enough gained to warrant it. Mass produced glass costing $2500 must be ridiculously expensive if custom made.

Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=Am5wJUEiNAI (external link)

And those aren't even "L" lenses, just TV camera lenses. The truth is that lenses are already largely hand made.

Also, check out this series, which describes Canon's lens production:

http://www.youtube.com …=19DB85B0131542​91&index=2 (external link)


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Sep 13, 2009 18:36 |  #49

jetcode wrote in post #8637970 (external link)
I wonder how much custom made glass would cost and whether there would be enough gained to warrant it. Mass produced glass costing $2500 must be ridiculously expensive if custom made.

Yeah Canon's quality is carefully tailored to its mass market. Specialized stuff like Zeiss and whatnot can be used with adapters if one is of the mind to pay for and use those kinds of optics.


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Sep 13, 2009 18:37 as a reply to  @ wickerprints's post |  #50

Thank you, wickerprints. That puts things in perspective, doesn't it? "Mass-produced" does not mean that it is easy or inexpensive to produce.


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Sep 13, 2009 21:59 |  #51

L stands for lose all your money for a lens in which you will spend all your time and career trying to prove to your girlfriend that you can make up for it.


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Sep 13, 2009 23:09 |  #52

krepta wrote in post #8636954 (external link)
It seems there are many advanced amateurs (serious hobbyists not making any money out of photography) nowadays who are able to afford L lenses (or they can't really afford them, but sacrifice on other ends for the joy of photography). I know, since I am one of them. Maybe the professionals (those who make at least 50% of their living out of photography -- not saying they are necessarily skilled) want another line to distinguish themselves once again. Something like a Super Luxury "SL" lineup with a metallic blue ring. SL lenses won't necessarily cost more (for Canon to produce) than L lenses; they will just look like they do, and be marked up waaaaaay out of reach of non-professionals. Although, I'm sure one of the amateurs will end up selling his house to get an SL lens at one point. "I have nowhere to live but my lens is awesome!" :rolleyes:

Actually, those SL lenses would more than likely be purchased by now amateurs than pro photographers, as the amateurs would have the money for them.


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Sep 13, 2009 23:34 |  #53

I thought L was where all ungodly British people go when they die...


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Sep 14, 2009 00:14 |  #54

Tony-S wrote in post #8639628 (external link)
I thought L was where all ungodly British people go when they die...

quote of the year...


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Sep 16, 2009 23:41 |  #55

Why British...? I am really offended, although I am not British o.0


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Sep 16, 2009 23:42 |  #56

L is for Loser :D


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Sep 17, 2009 00:23 |  #57

maverick678 wrote in post #8659233 (external link)
L is for Loser :D

That's why Canon puts a pretty little red ring around those lenses, to make us (the owners) feel a little bit less bad about being losers. :lol:


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Sep 17, 2009 04:15 |  #58

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Why British...? I am really offended, although I am not British o.0

Probably because most 'British' people portrayed in films are actually Americans putting on a bad cockney accent (Dick Van Dyke and Keanu Reeves, I'm looking at you) and dropping the H, pronouncing it 'ell. It's one of those myths that has some truth as there are a small number of regional accents where Hs are dropped but the majority of us don't speak like that. Same for bad teeth, one or two dirty tramps, not brushing doesn't make a country full of toothless yokels. I suspect the reverse is true. Most British people have the idea that all Americans are either stupid, obese or both. Probably based purely on TV shows.


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Sep 17, 2009 05:10 |  #59

HankScorpio wrote in post #8659987 (external link)
Most British people have the idea that all Americans are either stupid, obese or both.

You mean... they're not? :lol:

HankScorpio wrote in post #8659987 (external link)
Probably based purely on TV shows.

Actually, most of those TV shows (barring talk/reality shows and the like) make the average American look like flawless supermodels and feature 25 y/o actors playing 15 y/o characters. :D


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Sep 17, 2009 05:16 |  #60

I've only ever watched 'Roseanne' ;)


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