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p.2 #1 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


badlydrawnboy wrote:
I should have been clear that I'm posting 100% crops. These aren't really extreme close-ups.

A shutter speed of 1/160 at 70mm should be enough to stop motion blur, should it not? I was under the impression that 1 / 2x focal length with a FF camera would be sufficient. And the first picture at 50mm is 1/640.

I have calibrated the 24-70 with FoCal, and it returned a zero adjustment at 24mm and a -1 at 70mm.

I agree that a tripod and static subject would be a more controlled test. But I'm also interested in seeing how a lens
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first, just try some fast shutter high-contrast, low to moderate ISO, 10x zoom liveview manually focused shots and look at the best ones, if those look bad then you know the optics are bad

if those are good, then you may be getting shake (even on a tripod, if you don't use liveview mode you can get mirror slap shake which can make a mess, or if you don't let it settle down since many tripod, even sturdy still have a bit of bounce after you touch the camera) or poor AF (either due to the body or lens or simply poor MFA)



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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p.2 #2 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


badlydrawnboy wrote:
What do you think?



that maybe you were shaking the camera or the subject moved a trace?

(perhaps also poor MFA?)



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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p.2 #3 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


badlydrawnboy wrote:
A shutter speed of 1/160 at 70mm should be enough to stop motion blur, should it not?



depends, it usually is, but it is still possible to get shake there with these high density sensors used these days
and maybe the subject moved a tiny bit


of course it might be something less than ideal with the equipment






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Dec 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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p.2 #4 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


corndog wrote:
One problem with focusing on the front of something is that if the focus is even further in front, you wouldn't know. This is why I suggested grass, because there will always be something in the foreground and the background. Nature's test chart.


Apparently you are not familiar with the Lensalign system used for this . Do you see the ruler on the right hand side? It is at an angle to the focusing target on the left. It shows exactly what you meant and it gives you an arbitrary scale and it takes the guess work out. Just FYI, of course.



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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p.2 #5 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


I'm familiar and while text is okay, something closer to real world is better (imo).

Were your text samples sharpened? They look a little 'gritty'.



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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p.2 #6 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


corndog wrote:
I'm familiar and while text is okay, something closer to real world is better (imo).

Were your text samples sharpened? They look a little 'gritty'.


There was no sharpening applied to the LensAlign shots.



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
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p.2 #7 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Argh, I'm sorry, I meant the tree shots.



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
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p.2 #8 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


corndog wrote:
Argh, I'm sorry, I meant the tree shots.


No sharpening (other than what LR does by default when importing RAW files) has been applied to any of the images.



Dec 28, 2012 at 08:56 PM
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p.2 #9 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Use live view to focus. That eliminates any MA error.


Dec 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.2 #10 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Here's one with Live View at 70mm f/2.8 ISO 200, 100% crop:



And here's a shot with my Canon 50/1.4 @f/2.8 as a comparison:



Thoughts?



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p.2 #11 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


seems about as sharp as the prime

here's a comparison between the two lenses

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=787&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=0&LensComp=115&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=4



Dec 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
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p.2 #12 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Maybe not the best subject, but it looks fine to me.


Dec 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
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p.2 #13 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Yes, they seem equivalent to me as well. Thanks to everyone for your guidance on how to do the testing.


Dec 28, 2012 at 09:56 PM
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p.2 #14 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


It seems with the number of threads youve started that no lens will satisfy...you ought to look into a job shooting test charts.


Dec 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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p.2 #15 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


The guy spent over five grand on a camera and lens, nothing wrong with a little paranoia!


Dec 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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p.2 #16 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


corndog wrote:
The guy spent over five grand on a camera and lens, nothing wrong with a little paranoia!


Yes, and I've had a pretty unlucky experience with the last few lens purchases:
Canon 50/1.4: AF problems; sent to Canon and they confirmed lens assembly needed replacement.
Sigma 85/1.4: AF problems; sent image sample to Sigma who confirmed problem, asked me to return to B&H
Sigma 35/1.4: severe front-focus problem; sending back to B&H

I have a Canon 50/1.4 and 40/2.8 that have not issues at all.

The 24-70 appears to be fine, but I'll admit I was a little paranoid based on my previous experience.



Dec 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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p.2 #17 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Lars Johnsson wrote:
I think Canon should check your camera. I have seen 10-15 posts from you similar to this one with other lenses also.
And I don't think your way of testing lenses (both this or your Sigma 35) for sharpness is good at all. Every test shot that I have seen is an extreme close up of a small child and often wide open like here! How do you know the child didn't move two cm when you where shooting? Take test shots at a more normal distance and with a still subject. Maybe use a tripod also. Because you will
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+1 ;-)

OP's last photo is focused on portions of the hat that appear to be farther away than the eyes, and there the focus is excellent for a handheld 100% crop.


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Dec 29, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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p.2 #18 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


Monito wrote:
Nope.

Maybe for film for 8x10 prints if you are careful.

But not for 100% crops from 5D Mark III cameras examined up close and personal. Not even close.

Seriously, today's standards are much higher than the old days when the one-over-focal-length guideline was formulated.



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Dec 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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p.2 #19 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


To the OP,
If you are trying to test a Lens, you need to take AF (Phase Detect) variable and any motion and noise variables out of the equation. Using Live View will give you best focus, ensure enough light for low Iso and fast shutter. Now you will get sharpest potential image from your camera and Lens. I thing your pock holed wooden squirrel doesn't show squat, I can't tell where in each image is the sharpest or the point of focus. Based on what I see in this threat, imho you have not yet determined that your lens is ok, I would think it would be sharper for a MK II but you have yet to shoot an image ith clear delineation showing the focal plane (area of image more sharp than immediate part of image in fron and behind the plane) with all the AF, shitter,iso etc.

Good luck.
Guy



Dec 29, 2012 at 04:29 AM
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p.2 #20 · Is your 24-70 II a little soft at 70mm?


gschlact wrote:
To the OP,
If you are trying to test a Lens, you need to take AF (Phase Detect) variable and any motion and noise variables out of the equation. Using Live View will give you best focus, ensure enough light for low Iso and fast shutter. Now you will get sharpest potential image from your camera and Lens. I thing your pock holed wooden squirrel doesn't show squat, I can't tell where in each image is the sharpest or the point of focus. Based on what I see in this threat, imho you have not yet determined that your lens is
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Does the LensAlign focus target not meet these criteria? It has a diagonal ruler designed to show front or back focus as well as a target with high contrast to focus on. I'm not sure what a better target would be than that?



Dec 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
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