Sharpest standard wide zoom lens

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Sharpest standard wide zoom lens
Sep 28, 2006

Ok forget build quality...forget focus luxuries...forget super wide open apertures.

What is the best IQ standard zoom when stopped down from between f8 to f16. This includes edge to edge sharpness, contrast and colour. The best image blown up to large print size. This is all regardless of available light and wether it's hand held or not. In fact lets say it's on a tripod to be sure.

Not super wide but lenses that could be regarded as walk arounds.

Lets add bang for buck marks as well.

And the contenders are (in no specific order):

1. Canon 17-85 IS
2. Canon 17-40 L
3. Sigma 17-70 2.8/4.5
4. Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
5. Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

I won't include the up and coming Tokina. Apoligies if I missed something.

Let the contest begin!


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