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Old Feb 27, 2005, 6:17 PM   #11
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I see. "Prime lenses" you say. OK. So, this 24-70mm sounds good. Any particular one?

smth like this?

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...61&navigator=2
Here some test shots - http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/sigma_2470

... Again don't trust me or that person - Just go to the respective websites and check out their MTF's for yourself: the Sigma outperforms the Canon at 70mm while the Canon is better at 24mm - One can always spend three time more for the Canon brand if it makes one feels confortable, but I highly doubt if it's 3x better! :?
Thank you for the link. Now, is it me or are those waaay too soft? I was hoping that by getting an XT I could put an end to constant USM filtering in PS CS. Is that a pure fantasy then? Because, honestly, even those look better than the ones I'd take with my S1, they are not any sharper looking AT ALL.
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 6:50 PM   #12
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You call this soft ? - http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37784093/original
(i.e. not the PBase scaling...)
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You call this soft ? - http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37784093/original
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well, that one is fine, i suppose.

what about this one:

http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37567874/large

don't you think THAT is too soft? Most of the other ones are like this one. Tree barks are pretty good. Flowers and the kids def look soft to me. The lady is not bad.
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Since you're not restricted to just one lens, SLR lenses don't tend to be in the 10x zoom range. In general, the best pictures come from single focal length (ie prime, non-zoom) lenses. Followed by zooms that are around 3x, like 24-70, 70-200, etc.
I see. "Prime lenses" you say. OK. So, this 24-70mm sounds good.

The primes I have are: Canon 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8. That's three separate lenses.
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Since you're not restricted to just one lens, SLR lenses don't tend to be in the 10x zoom range. In general, the best pictures come from single focal length (ie prime, non-zoom) lenses. Followed by zooms that are around 3x, like 24-70, 70-200, etc.
I see. "Prime lenses" you say. OK. So, this 24-70mm sounds good.

The primes I have are: Canon 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8. That's three separate lenses.
well, I simply wouldn't be able to afford either buying those or carrying those. Whatever I buy, that'll be THE lens.
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You call this soft ? - http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37784093/original
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besides, this one seems to be more sharp:

Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC IF ASP
and more zoom to boot.
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Have you looked at the Canon PowerShot Pro 1? It's got an awesome lens, built-in.
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Have you looked at the Canon PowerShot Pro 1? It's got an awesome lens, built-in.
yea, its kind of old though, been out for a while. Might as well get the latest out there.
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You call this soft ? - http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37784093/original
(i.e. not the PBase scaling...)
besides, this one seems to be more sharp:

Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC IF ASP
and more zoom to boot.
... and I agree - f/5.6 is two-stop down from f/2.8!

It's apple vs orange comparison between the two lenses - It's like saying the obvious such as the 70-200 f/4L is sharper than the 70-200 f/2.8L (but what about when the lenses are stopped down to comparable aperture?) :?

Like this: http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/image/37805736
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Coontie,

Are you sure you should be getting a SLR at all?

You only want 1 lens.
You don't want to spend too much money.
You don't want a heavy camera.
You don't want to have to do any sharpening in PS.
You want good Depth-Of-Field even at wide apertures.

You seem to regard all the essential advantages/features of a DSLR as positive nuisances! Should you not be considering other options?

Perhaps a Leica Digilux 2 for example? It's amazingly sharp. It has a zoom range of 28-90mm which is exactly what you're looking for! The high-ISO performance isn't great but it has a fast and stunning Leica f2.0-2.4 lens! That's probably a couple of stops faster than most of the lenses you've been considering. It has very good DOP even when wide open. You can just shoot in JPEG mode and go straight to the print shop.

http://www.photo.net/equipment/leica/digilux2/

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...x2-part1.shtml

It would cost around the same as the XT + $600 lens. Oh yes, and it's a Leica!
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