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    Canon ''L'' lenses..

    Hey guys,

    I am reading into the lens stuff.
    Adrian gave me some interesting links in another thread.
    I wonder what makes Canon ''L'' lenses so special?

    Can someone shine a light on this?
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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    Quote Originally Posted by GJ View Post
    Hey guys,

    I am reading into the lens stuff.
    Adrian gave me some interesting links in another thread.
    I wonder what makes Canon ''L'' lenses so special?

    Can someone shine a light on this?
    Though I'm not a Canon user, the answer is:

    For all:
    - better glass
    - better optical correction (less color dispersion)
    - better optical correction (less distortion)
    - better optical correction (better sharpness)
    - better built

    For some:
    (- higher max. aperture)
    (- constant max. aperture)

    Generally, when it comes to high-end "glass" on the camera, at times minor improvements do add a small fortune to the price. If you really want this that's up to you. As long as you do not photograph commercially you may not really need that tic of extra sharpness that only really becomes visible when you enlarge the images to massive advertising poster sizes.


    But two items are really important from an usability point of view - the constant aperture and the higher max. aperture, these give instant visible advantages:

    Higher max. aperture means (for many) that the lens may remain usable under lower light conditions, hand held. And the image in the viewfinder of the camera is much brighter with an f/2.8 lens compared to an f/5.6 lens - between these two apertures the viewfinder brightness increases by a factor of 4.

    Constant max. aperture - the max. aperture is same at all focal lengths for zoom lenses. But the lenses gain in bulk. Look at a variable aperture 70-210mm f/4.0-5.6 compared to the massive constant aperture 70-200mm f/2.8 as examples.
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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    thanks...

    Someone pointed me towards the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

    I think it's a great lens for my walks, and within my budget.

    Then maybe start saving for a nice telelens, like a 100-400..
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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    That's a great lens, but it's less impressive on APS-C cameras (you mentioned in other thread that you are going to buy a 50D) because 24mm will give you the same angle of view as a 38.4mm lens on a full frame or film camera.
    That means that you won't be able to shoot very wide with it, just to give you an idea about what I'm talking about visit this link http://www.tamroneurope.com/flc.htm and see how the focal length in milimiters influences the angle of view. Also, make sure you notice the two modes: "35 mm Film" (35mm film or full frame digital cameras like 5DMI/II, 1Ds series) versus "Digital" (APS-C cameras, like the 50D).

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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    Hmm..

    And I thought I had it all figured out...

    So, what do you suggest for a lens for nature walks?
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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    I have a 30D and my first lens was the 24-105. After that I got the 100-400 because I do a lot of wildlife (bird) photography. After saving up some more I got the 10-22 wide angle lens. So with these three lenses I have just about every thing covered from 10 to 400mm. I couldn't be happier with these lenses.

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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    Quote Originally Posted by Princecookie View Post
    I have a 30D and my first lens was the 24-105. After that I got the 100-400 because I do a lot of wildlife (bird) photography. After saving up some more I got the 10-22 wide angle lens. So with these three lenses I have just about every thing covered from 10 to 400mm. I couldn't be happier with these lenses.
    My plan exactly...
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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    I guess L stand for Luxury in my dictionary, because of it's price tag, hehehe.

    But no doubt about the quality, top notch in build quality :)

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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    This is a great combo on an aps-c (crop) body like the 50d. I had a 24-70 2.8 on my 30d as a walkaround lens and I didn't like it very much. It is not wide enough at all. If you dont feel like blowing a lot of money, but still getting a pretty good lens, the 17-85 is a pretty good lens. It doesn't have a fixed aperture like the 24-105, but it might work as a good combination with the 100-400. 10mm on a crop body is WIIIIIIDE. Horizons will bend and you'll get some distortion. But can be fun.

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    Re: Canon ''L'' lenses..

    I upgraded from a basic, kit, 75-300 mm lens to a 70-200 L f2.8. The difference was night and day. Same camera body, and all my images are sharper, clearer, more nicely focused, great bokeh, hand holdable in all but the lowest of light conditions. It's a revelation.
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