24-105L vs 35/2 and 85/1.8

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Steve H
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24-105L vs 35/2 and 85/1.8
Jul 11, 2009

Recently picked up a 24-105L to go with my 5DMk1 and thought it might be interesting to compare its performance with a couple of primes I have - a 35mm f/2 and an 85mm f/1.8. Not a full blown test by any means - I could only compare at these two focal lengths and I shot JPEG rather than RAW - but some interesting results even so.

The first (and surprising to me) is that within the limits of the 5D's resolution, the 24-105's centre sharpness almost matches either of the two primes. Also interesting is that the 24-105L has much better edge performance than the 35/2 at any aperture. Wide open edge performance is not so hot at the long end but improves substantially by f/8 and again there's not much in it at f/11.

Anyway, see for yourself. I haven't embedded images as there's obviously a fair bit data involved.

35mm scene:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209197_bxVMx-L-1.jpg

35mm centre crops:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209174_7GMNG-O-1.jpg

35mm edge crops:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209281_cXm6Y-O-1.jpg

85mm scene:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209377_PiqsE-L-1.jpg

85mm centre crops:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209367_n9L8s-O-1.jpg

85mm edge crops:
http://steveh.smugmug.com/photos/587209466_uXmn9-O-1.jpg

Steve H
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