apostasia wrote in post #8903608
what a relief.. I thought this thread was going to sweep the floor with my equipment (40D/17-55/70-200f4IS); however none of the pictures shown so far have a sharpness that blows me completely away, moreover, none of them shows a sharpness that I cannot get myself.
or maybe looking at rather small jpgs is not the way to compare.
If you stop down the aperature you can get phenominal sharp photos with a first generation 18-55 kit lens.
Thing to also consider is the colours and contrast straight out of camera. Those are also characteristics of a good lens.
I've taken beautiful photos with my XTI and sigma 18-50EX macro. Putting pixel peeping habits aside, as you print you can appreciate compostion and colours.
At f/1.2 wideopen my 85L blows me away with sharpness, colours, contrast and all of the goodness of a "keg"