Are my 85 f/1.4 and 24-70 f/2.8 both bad samples?

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Are my 85 f/1.4 and 24-70 f/2.8 both bad samples?
Jul 24, 2008

I am concerned that my new 24-70mm lens isn't giving near the kind of quality everyone here is raving about. I figured I'd test my 85mm f/1.4 at the same time and was also not thrilled with some test shots.

Can someone familiar with the output of those lenses please look at a few test shots (the ol' dollar bill on the wall) with these lenses, and let me know if I'm right or my expectations are too high? Thumbnails are at the following address; click or right click on the thumbnails to get the out-of-camera jpeg (obviously replace the "dot"s with periods):

http://www dot brafman dot com/lens

I've put on the website 2 shots from each lens. The 85 at 1.4 and at 2.0, and the 24-70 at 2.8 and 4.0. On the 85 1.4, I would have thought at least the center would be sharper. Even at 2.8 its not razor sharp. On the 24-70, the center seems sharp but very quickly deteriorates out from there.

Thanks for your thoughts.

  • David

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