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Old 01-18-2006, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any info on any web sites that have data on testing Canon Lens. I'm going to buy a wide angle zoom and I want the best I can buy. Its got to be sharp. looking at the 17-40 f4L . I did some test shots with one day and was pretty pleased with the results. I was als considering the 16-35f2.8L . Don't know if I really need the 2.8 . Just want to spend my money wisely.
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like reading this guy:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

He's just a guy out there who likes to shoot, and make pratical tests with his gear....and it's not always praises either like Pop. Photography.. Seriously, after they gave Tamron's 200-400mm f5.6 push pull lens, the "Lens of the Year" award,...I gave up on them completely!

Also go see fredmiranda.com,...but take everything with a grain of salt.. because you are reading all sorts of opinions, from people with all levels of experience.....which is why I like the consistancy of the guy above.. BTW, if you see that page, and scroll down, you'll find tons of other info too..

Another independent is www.photodo.com They've tested a LOT of lenses, but haven't tested anything in years....not sure why..

Regarding the f4 vs f2.8,... I guess it all depends on what you are shooting.. The 1mm difference is more noticable in the wider end than 5mm in the longer end between the two..

I shoot with 2.8 glass, because I need to in my line of work.. In fact, I almost never ever use f4.0 in my work.. I usually skip it all together..and go to f5.6 if I need to stop down a bit,...or I'll be shooting wide open.. Also,..the 2.8 lens is a brighter lens to see through, and it takes advantage of the cross hairs AF sensors where f4 lenses don't.. The 2,8 costs more, yes,..and it costs more to insure,...and to repair..so keep those things in mind too..

Quality between the two,.. I couldn't tell you,... I'm still using my 17-35mm f2.8 L lens that I bought in 96.. It still works pretty well, even on the 5D..

Shot this with my 17-35mm f2.8 L lens on my 10D, RAW, and corrected for mild CA. It was used in a 4 column magazine ad:


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Old 01-18-2006, 11:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tommy,
I have the 16-35 f/2.8 L lens. I bought it from a lady as part of a package, when I bought out her studio. I love the 16-35, as it allows me to use it to duplicate (get close to anyway) my favorite photojournalism lens (24mm) on my 10D and Rebel XT (APS size sensor). The 2 stops in light, and the Depth of field difference between it and the 17-40 f/4 L is a huge difference when making a shot.
I have not had any problems with mine. A lot of consumers have reported, that they are not sure it is as sharp, but I have loved the images from mine. I have not performed any line test.
I don't think you will be disappointed with the 16-35 2.8 L.
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Re: Canon Lens Testing and reviews
Old 01-19-2006, 12:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is come good Canon Reviews: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/index.shtml
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Photo.net has quite a few lens reviews. They're usually pretty good about including 100% crops from the center and edges of "real world" photos with the reviews. If nothing else, those can help you decide what your actual results are likely to be.
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanx Brent for the info.
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If your using a Canon with a 1.6 sensor ( RebelXT - D20 ) and you are looking for a wide angle lens, then apparently this is your best choice - Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Check out the review or do a search for reviews
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

This is a "L" series lens that isn't "L" series though the price isn't cheap, but be forewarned it will not work with full frame cameras or 1.3 sensors. Strictly for RebelXTs and D20s. So if your thinking of upgrading to a fullframe camera this may not be the investment choice, other wise this lens rocks apparently.


Oh - if you do the conversion it works out to 16-35.2mm. No idea why they list the full frame zoom if you can't use it on a full frame camera lmao [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Awesome wide angle solution
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It seems to me that the many reviews I've read that the lens is alittle soft under 15mm. If that being the case, I think I might end up with the 17-40 f4 L.or the 16-35 f2.8L

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If you are planning on shooting landscapes and buildings, those lenses are fine, but if you are shooting Models...

Regardless of what Body you have with both the 16-35 and 17-40, you will find both of them too short, you will be shooting at the high end (either 35 or 40mm) and you will be wishing for the 24-70L, which in my opinion is a better focal length...
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