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Is my 135L sharp?

 
drewjoseph
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Aug 31, 2011 10:59 |  #1

I know these threads are super annoying but I was just trying to gauge whether or not my new (used) 5D + my 135L is where it should be in terms of sharpness. Specifically wide open.

Below are some controlled test shots (all at 100% crop) and a real world shot + its 100% crop.

Anyone with this combo that wants to chime in, it would be VERY much appreciated! Thank you POTN!

All images are SOOC no sharpening, unless Flickr applies sharpening? First image is at f2... Subsequent images are labeled (5.6, 4, 2.8, and 2).

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135L f2.8 (external link) by drewjosephphotography (external link), on Flickr

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Aug 31, 2011 11:08 |  #2

I am not trying to be smug - but do you need to even ask? Its absolutely sharp. You can tell by looking at the photos lol.


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Aug 31, 2011 11:15 as a reply to  @ JonK's post |  #3

You must not understand the power of OCD. In all seriousness, what prompted my question was a comparison between my 135 and my dad's Tamron 90 2.8 Macro which showed similar sharpness, with a possible edge to the Tammy...


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Aug 31, 2011 11:18 |  #4

i cut my eyes just looking at how sharp those pictures are. you owe me an eye patch!


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Aug 31, 2011 11:18 |  #5

So what is your concern???

You need to read up on DOF if the image isn't what you've expected. With a long fast lens, when shooting an object that is pretty close, your DOF will be thin.




  
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Aug 31, 2011 11:20 |  #6

Looks bloody sharp to me.


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Aug 31, 2011 11:23 as a reply to  @ Purplecow's post |  #7

I am looking at the center 100% crops where I focused on the "co" in discounts. I understand DOF :p

So I should just shut the part of my brain saying "something isn't quite right" off?!


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Aug 31, 2011 11:53 |  #8

To me they all look underexposed, but plenty sharp.


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Aug 31, 2011 11:59 |  #9

drewjoseph wrote in post #13030398 (external link)
I am looking at the center 100% crops where I focused on the "co" in discounts. I understand DOF :p

So I should just shut the part of my brain saying "something isn't quite right" off?!

Yes! ;)


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Aug 31, 2011 12:01 |  #10

If you cant tell you don't deserve it, stick it in a box and send it to me.


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Aug 31, 2011 12:03 |  #11

stop testing and start enjoying it. It's definitely sharp but as Alan mentioned, a bit underexposed.


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Aug 31, 2011 12:04 |  #12

You are either showing off, sarcastic, or have bad eye sight, take your pick. (The sharpness is great btw)


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Aug 31, 2011 12:15 as a reply to  @ themadman's post |  #13

Just OCD!

Alright fellas and ladies! I get it. It is sharp. I am going to stop taking pictures of dumb flowers and dumb coupons and start enjoying it!

Thank you for the reassurance (both that my 135 is sharp and that I am in fact, crazy!)


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Aug 31, 2011 14:29 |  #14

drewjoseph wrote in post #13030340 (external link)
You must not understand the power of OCD. In all seriousness, what prompted my question was a comparison between my 135 and my dad's Tamron 90 2.8 Macro which showed similar sharpness, with a possible edge to the Tammy...

This is not a fair comparison: Tamron macro lens was optimized (best resolution etc.) for close-up shots, whereas 135L - for portrait shots, at much larger distances. Your test shots are all from close distances, so no surprise Tamron has an edge.

For any lens, IQ test should be done for normal distances for the lens (infinity for UWA, portrait shot distance for portrait lens etc.).


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Aug 31, 2011 20:39 |  #15

drewjoseph wrote in post #13030340 (external link)
You must not understand the power of OCD. In all seriousness, what prompted my question was a comparison between my 135 and my dad's Tamron 90 2.8 Macro which showed similar sharpness, with a possible edge to the Tammy...

I have both the 135L and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro.

The Tamron is an incredibly sharp lens from f/4 onwards. Macro lenses just by their design are very very sharp lenses. Also with macro lenses, there is little fall off in resolution from corner to corner, edge to edge.


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