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| p.2 #1 · Canon 17-40L VS Canon 50mm II 1.8, the 50mm seems sharper, is that right? |
Any of these are fine performers in your 100% samples.
One odd problem we have today is that people fret and worry about the "sharpness" of their lenses when inspecting them at 100% before applying sharpening. This is, in many ways, obsessive.
If you made a print at the size of your cropped sample, your print would likely be something like 5-7 feet wide. Make many prints that size? And, have you ever inspected an actual 6-foot-wide print at nose-length distance? Do, and you'll see that such prints, even great ones, are not perfectly "sharp" according to the standard applied in your test.
Your lenses are fine. Go out and have fun using them. To make photographs. ;-)
Question - if I got a good copy of the Canon 17-40L lens or not?
Question - did i get a really good copy of the 50mm II 1.8 or not?
I decided to take pictures on my 60d on a tripod, no flash f8 on both lenses the 17-40L with a wireless remote trigger with mirror lockup and the $99 50mm II 1.8 lens. To my amazement the 50mm 1.8 seems to be a bit sharper.
Are my eyes playing tricks on me?
Perhaps my 17-40L lens is a bad copy or as that as good as it gets and I should be thankful it is that good?
Below is a picture, left side is 17-40L at 40mm 100% zoomed in (actual pixels) and right side is the 50mm II 1.8 at 50mm 80% zoomed.