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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »
I suspect you are right, but we're merely talking about choosing horses for courses.  Compared with designing a normal zoom for an APS-C sensor, the complexities of designing a 16-35 lens to cover a FF sensor, where you are essentially wanting good image quality across a sensor with about three times the area, with a wider aperture make it a sgnificantly harder optical challenge.   It shouldn't be a big shock that a lens designed specifically for an APS-C sensor performs as well or better than a lens designed with a FF sensor in mind.  As metioned above, people don't get the full benefit of the "L".

Still, I wouldn't discount the use of "L" lenses entirely.  In addition to sharpness, there is also light gathering, bokeh, weather sealing etc to consider.  I used to love how my 70-200 performed on my 30D.   (But then, I was never a fan of my 17-40 + 30D combo and picked up a 10-22 pretty quickly.  Maybe there is a FF wide angle zoom problem?)

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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »

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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2014, 04:37:59 PM »
The 16-35 is- although named L- not the real cracker.
Some tests are good, some are bad.
Mine I had was bad, at f8 in the corners, sold it.
Bought a Tokina 16-28/2,8; never lokked back.
FF is a factor too.

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I am very glad that I never have EF 16-35 L.
I Have Tamron  11-18 mm. Since 2004, And I use for Bright Sunshine Scenery view of Landscaping ay F = 8.0 Only, And I still fell in love with this Cheap Lens.
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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2014, 04:43:10 PM »
I suspect you are right, but we're merely talking about choosing horses for courses.  Compared with designing a normal zoom for an APS-C sensor, the complexities of designing a 16-35 lens to cover a FF sensor, where you are essentially wanting good image quality across a sensor with about three times the area, with a wider aperture make it a sgnificantly harder optical challenge.   It shouldn't be a big shock that a lens designed specifically for an APS-C sensor performs as well or better than a lens designed with a FF sensor in mind.  As metioned above, people don't get the full benefit of the "L".

Still, I wouldn't discount the use of "L" lenses entirely.  In addition to sharpness, there is also light gathering, bokeh, weather sealing etc to consider.  I used to love how my 70-200 performed on my 30D.   (But then, I was never a fan of my 17-40 + 30D combo and picked up a 10-22 pretty quickly.  Maybe there is a FF wide angle zoom problem?)

I have the same experience. My 17-40 on the 7D never impressed me. I also bought then the 10-22 which is doing a great job on the 7D. I even tought about selling the 17-40 at that time. After buying the 5Diii, my opinion changed however for the 17-40. That 17-40 is so much better on the 5Diii, also the 24-105 performance is better on the 5Diii.

It seems to me that the "L" versions do not allways get the max on APS-C sensors. However, my 70-200 is great on both devices. For a crop sensor I would never suggest to buy a 17-40, but do use the 10-22.

@ Mr Surapon: If the conditions are good then your 18-55 might do a great job or even a better job than the 16-35, however if conditions are worse (low light), the combo of 16-35 with a FF will be much beter.

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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2014, 04:48:53 PM »
Maybe there is a FF wide angle zoom problem?

It's just really hard to design such a good lens given constraints on cost and size/weight.  Canon's 16-35L II is a decent lens, far from stellar.  It's a little better than the 17-40L.  The Nikon 14-24/2.8 is better, but far from perfect (the D800 + 14-24 landscape sample shot I saw on Nikon's own website had pretty mushy corners).

If you want corner-to-corner sharpness in a wide or ultrawide focal length, consider the TS-E 24L II or TS-E 17L.  Of course, one reason those lenses are so sharp is that, like using an EF lens on APS-C, you're using only the central 'sweet spot' of an image circle much larger than the sensor.  When you get toward the maximum tilt or shift of the TS-E lenses, you lose some of the IQ benefit.

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BUT, Super Sharp Wide Angle details from corners to corners, Sharper than many 24 MM. Lenses that I Have.
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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2014, 04:52:05 PM »
I am too impressed with the quality of that "kit lens". I see two reasons why it has very good percepted sharpness:
(1) For a mirrorless system you can place the last lens where you need it. Most SLR wide angle (zoom) lenses are strong retrofocus constructions to keep the mirror area clear. Having more freedom in lens element placement gives you more options for a good overall correction of aberrations.
(2) A lot of aberration correction is done in camera or used as a preset for e.g. DPP. Perhaps this lens was developed with post processing in mind to correct aberrations.

Just my 2ct. Best - Michael


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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2014, 04:56:30 PM »
There is also the issue of the design generation - the STM lens is much newer, and there has been more experience in computer-aided design.

The 18mm of an APS-C lens corresponds to the view of a 27mm lens on full frame. 28 mm FF lenses are pretty easy to design. 16mm FF lenses are more difficult to design. Full frame zooms incorporating 16mm are even more difficult to design, particularly those that retain filter rings. Remember that to the designer there is no such thing as a "perfect" lens, just a lens with optimal compromises on price, weight, center sharpness, corner sharpness, aperture, bokeh, coma, chromatic aberrations, flare resistance, etc.

For the time being, I have gone the prime route for full frame, with a current line up of Samyang 14mm f/2.8  manual focus lens,   Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 manual focus lens (a dream lens, sharp at f/2.8 out to the corners, great color and microcontrast, I was a lucky dog to find a used copy at the time I was ready to shell out for the 6D plus lens), Sigma 35mm f/1.4 , and some 40 year old legacy lenses in the 50-60mm range and 105-135mm range, my favorites being the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AIS and Mamiya-Sekor 60mm f/2.8 macro and Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AIS, with adapters of course. The M42 lenses were mine from my film days, the Nikkors were from my father's film days. It is a reasonable landscape kit, but the manual focus manual aperture lenses are a PITA for action.

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Re: Question about Canon Lens Quality, Sir
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2014, 04:56:30 PM »