On putting money into 4:3 gear ...

Started May 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: The eye test reveals otherwise
In reply to TrapperJohn, May 19, 2013

TrapperJohn wrote:

I've had the 14-54 for ages. Good lens.

I've seen quite a few 14-35 F2 shots posted online that made me want to run out and get one... ultra sharp definition. The price has always stopped me, but if one turned up in the $1k range, I'd be sorely tempted to do something ugly to my bank account.

Same goes for the 50-200 vs 35-100. By the numbers, the 50-200 is a bargain and the 35-100 is pricey. But... I've seen quite a few 35-100 shots posted here that were dazzling. So when I had a chance to get one at an unheard of price, I leaped on it. True that in bright light, there isn't a lot of difference between those two lenses, IQ wise. But, when the light starts getting dim, the 35-100 really comes to life. There is a 'bit of extra' IQ in a 35-100 shot. If you don't see it, be happy. If you do see it, it's an expensive taste to acquire.

I expect the 90-250 is much the same, wish I had the funds to grab one, though I'd really prefer a 150F2. Smaller, less expensive, still wicked sharp definition.

All these discussions on lenses, comparing specs, relative light gathering, blah blah, completely miss the point of ultra high grade glass.

The F2 SHG lenses, much like the finer Leica glass, quite probably like the best L or Nikkor lenses, produce images that speak to the soul, when they are used to their best effect. You have to use them to see why the SHG lens costs more.

So, what you're saying, is that the 14-35 / 2 isn't worth nearly 4x the price and double the weight over the 14-54 / 2.8 is not light gathering but resolution?  Hmm.  I'm of the opinion that it's both the aperture and the sharpness that people would pay so much more and put up with the size/weight differential.

Either way, the size/weight/price differential between the 200-400 / 4L IS for FF over lower tier lenses is in proportion to (actually, even less than) the size/weight/price differential between the 14-35 / 2 and 35-100 / 2 and Olympus' lower tier lenses.

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