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Limitations of both body and lens?

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Mar 11, 2010 15:18 |  #1

Okay, so I am new to the photography scene and I've been trying to soak up as much information as possible and I had a couple of concerns that have haunted the back of my mind for a little while. I've been reading how certain lenses can limit how well certain bodies perform. As a PC technician, I can relate this to "your pc is only as fast as your slowest part" motto. As for myself, I have the following equipment:

Canon EOS T1i
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon EF-S 18-55 IS
Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS

Down the road as I am considering further lens upgrades it's gotten me to wondering how much would say an L lens be limited by the T1i? Will I still be able to get super sharp shots from the lens without having the 4,000$ price tag of a mkiii or equivalent? From what I've read about various bodies the differences seem more like features rather than actual clarity or sharpness, but at the same time I've read some comments hinting otherwise.

Is the real-world difference in shot clarity and sharpness between my T1i and more expensive full-frame models significant? And if so, are there any good side-by-side examples that I could feast my eyes upon?

Let me preemptively apologize if this type of thread is out there somewhere else, I had difficulty in using search terms that would yield the answer I am seeking. Also, if all of this sounds extremely uneducated, but I am trying!

Thank you all for any help, it is greatly appreciated.

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Mar 11, 2010 15:30 |  #2

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Mar 11, 2010 15:32 |  #3

Which came first the chicken or the egg? I may not satisfy you but here goes. The resolving power of the the L lenses is greater than the lenses you have so you would see an improvement with the addition of L lenses, or higher quality non-L lenses for that matter. Now we get into the trickier part of the discussion. Your camera has a fine sensor, capable of amazing photos so dont feel insecure about that. Its generally believed, although debated, that the full frame sensors offer an advantage in image quality. I've heard it explained as less pixel density, higher signal to noise ratio, and other explanations. I'm not an engineer so I dont know what the exact answer is but I know my 5D produces nicer images than my 40D which is newer. There are also users who own both that say the newest rebel is comparable in IQ with the 5D classic. The 5DII is supposed to be even better. I think what you have to decide for yourself is if the L lens on your T1i is sharp enough to satisfy you.

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