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My first L lens.
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Paparazzi Cathy
Date Posted: May/06/2011 8:37 AM
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I finally bought an L lens. I have to say I'm disappointed. I've read so much about how great L lenses are, and I don't see a dang difference!

The lens I bought was 24-70mm.

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kennymc
Date Posted: May/06/2011 2:28 PM
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The 'BRICK' is the wedding photographers bible (Canon users only)... You can shoot wide open and the image should be sharp from edge to edge... If you aren't happy with it, try it on another body, and if it's still not right, send it back...

I mentioned on here a year or so ago that my Tamron 28-75 is almost as sharp as the 'BRICK'... It's a little softer at the edges wide open, and doesn't have the solid build quality of an 'L' lens but it is only a quarter of the price... Stopped down it as sharp as a tack...

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Camera Happy
Date Posted: May/11/2011 10:46 PM
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The other thing is that MOST lenses are at there sharpest 2 stops above their widest aperture (i.e. lowest f/stop) - this is due to diffraction issues...

E.g., a 50mm/1.8 should be at its "sharpest" at f/2.4 or 2.8 or higher; it will be a little soft in the focus at smaller than f/2.8 or 2.4...

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kennymc
Date Posted: May/12/2011 3:53 AM
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I agree, but that's why 'L' class lenses are so pricey, they are capable of producing very good quality wide open...

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Paparazzi Cathy
Date Posted: May/15/2011 12:35 PM
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Thanks. I had forgotten about the "sweet spot". I will try a different f-stop and see if it gets better.

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