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| p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Canon 17-40L VS Canon 50mm II 1.8, the 50mm seems sharper, is that right? |
So everyone, on all L series zoom lenses, will a standard non L prime beat them all out in sharpness and over all picture quality and color?
I am kind of thinking eventually to get like a 20mm prime (non L) and maybe a 28mm prime (non L), already have the 50mm prime (non L) and maybe pickup an 100mm prime (non L)... Instead of spending tons of money for another zoom L series lens.
Perhaps sell the 17-40 lens in favor of picking up the 20, 28, and 100mm prime (non L) lenses. What does everyone think?
The 17-40 costs less than the 20f2.8 and 28f2.8 combined.
The zoom also outperforms the 20 at the same apertures.
The 28f2.8 may be a bit better, but it's not really worth the switch.
A good performing 50mm prime is much easier to design and manufacture than an equivalent wide angle lens. So in regards to this discussion between primes vs zooms, the L zooms are probably better than the cheap non-L primes on the wide end. Also the new 70-200f2.8 IS mk2 is a match for any of the primes in it's FL and at the same aperture. Primes used to always outperform their zoom equivalents, but technology has really changed this generalization.