Friday, 23 January 2009

New lenses?

There are some rumours regarding the all new 50 1.4 and 17-40L. It sounds plausible, since Sigma is now producing 50 1.4, which is quite a chunk of glass (77 mm filter) compared to Canon's 50 1.4 plastic light-weight standard lens. 17-40L should be replaced (in my opinion a long time ago) with a new, much sharper version. As we all know, its border sharpness is very poor and it has to be stopped down a couple of f stops to get good center sharpness especially at 17 mm. Canon really should put more effort in improving their EF UWA lenses in terms of image quality (they do make great EF-S UWA lenses, 10-22 for example). Rumours also say it's not going to have IS.

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This comment has been removed by the author. said...

no chance !!! wishful thinking.
Besides 17-40 is not so bad.
"your" 50 1,4 would be to close to 50L...

Pero said...

terpinski: Something has to be done, or else Canon will loose a lot in that segment. Not to mention 50L has a lot of problems, like close distance AF issues (misses a lot), not to mention poor IQ when using large apertures (and don't foget about the price difference). I would personally go for the 1.4 version, either Sigma or Canon. And if Canon made a new, sharper 50 1.4 I'd most definitely go for it. I think Canon has done an awesome job with 85L and a pretty poor one with 50L.

Regarding 17-40: I've never extensively tested one (or more), but from what I've seen, I was very dissapointed regarding sharpness. There were a few comparisons made with the kit lens (18-55 non IS) and the plastic cheap lens came ahead in every single comparison regarding sharpness.

Anonymous said...

The 17-40L is very sharp in the centre, it could be improved in the corners quite a bit (I doubt canon would sink R&D on such a new lens, that sells exceedingly well).

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