400D and a thousand photos later

Started Sep 15, 2006 | Discussions thread
OP Jovo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,200
Re: 400D and L Glass

Thanks for the compliment, AmateurOne. When I first got the 350D I tried a number of consumer lenses, but except for the Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro was unimpressed with the IQ. What took me by surprise was that the L lenses appeared to squeeze out that extra bit of quality. Initially I saw it on my monitor, but even heavily cropped prints look smoother, have more detail and can be sharpened a lot more before seeing artifacts and halos.

If you are serious about photo quality IMO L lenses or possibly a third party equivalent is the way to go.

AmateurOne wrote:

Jovo, your shots are stunning. Just wonderful.

IMO, what Jovo showed us is likely to spark a run on the better glass.

The 6mp 300D showed a visible difference in IQ between cheap glass
and L glass.

The 8mp 350D widened the gap as the camera body improved its
resolution.

Now with the 10mp 400D, the gap is wide open.

With the lower resolution bodies, the superior lens resolution was
partly wasted. As the camera body improves its resolution, the
difference in lens quality is more visible.

Is 10mp the end of the camera body evolution? Doubtful. It
appears to me the ante is being upped on lens quality as this
happens.

Thus it appears that there simply isn't going to be a substitute
for top quality glass.

Better to invest in fewer good lenses, than a collection of even
medium quality ones, in the long run.

IMO

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