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| p.1 #14 · "designed for digital" lens |
pure marketing talk. Anything these days is "digital" or "HD" or "cloud based" - whatever works to make people want to buy something new.
Don't forget when Music CD's first came out, all the speakers were "CD Ready"
Realistically, if you have what was a cheap kit zoom from the 80's (or whenever kit zooms started to become popular), and put it on a 24mp DX body it will probably look like crap. The lens was OK for film and 4x6" prints, but it probably would have looked like crap if you tried to print 20x30", but the average hobbiest didn't print large prints, so most people were OK with the lens. Now it's easy to take a 24mp image through that lens and display 100% on your screen, and it looks like crap, because that's like printing that 20x30". The bar has been raised. Like other people have said "an old crappy lens is still crappy, and a old good lens is still good", and actually "an old crappy lens is really really crappy now" because the average person views a resolutions they didn't before.