Just how slow are the new SX1/SX10 lenses?

Started Sep 26, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Just how slow are the new SX1/SX10 lenses?
Sep 26, 2008

Very slow.

The data for the new Canons came from the EXIF data of the Canon samples. If it's wrong, then this chart is wrong. Most likely, this plot is slightly optimistic for the new cameras. The S2/S3/S5 data came from my own tests, and the Panasonic data came from a kind Panasonic owner. Higher is better. That huge gap between the red and the other two is bad.

To put that in perspective, this chart places those on a similar chart for the Canon SLR zoom lenses on 1.6-crop and full-frame:

These compacts are already giving up tremendous performance to their dSLR counterparts, which we compact owners accept in exchange for, well, compactness and also a low cost. But they really don't have a lot to give up, so this new lens giving up that huge gap to the previous models and the competition is a big loss.

Canon messed up.

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