Lens wize: Canon or Nikon

Started May 9, 2007 | Discussions thread
SNGX1327 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,186
Re: Generally, both brands have great lenses. NT

i think it's simple in the fact that canon has MORE lenses to offer. it doesn't matter if nikon's 70-300mm lens edges out canon's 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS, because canon also has a 75-300, 70-200 f/4 70-200 f/4 IS, 70-200 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, 100-400 etc.

granted, nikon has more than one 70-300mm lens. the point is that canon has so many more lenses, you have a choice on quality for almost every purcahse. i am not totally familiair with the nikon lineup (i don't know it off memory) but i can remember looking at certain FLs and thinking "well i'm either stuck with the cheap $100 lens, or i have to get the $1,800 lens". with canon there are typically 3-4 variants of the same lens in varying degrees of quality

50mm f/1.8 II $80
50mm f/1.4 USM $300
50mm f/1.2L $1,400

28mm f/2.8 $200
28mm f/1.8 $400
24mm f/1.4L $,1200

28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 $cheap
28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM $200
24-85 f/3.5-5.6 USM $300
28-135mm f/3.4-5.6 IS $400
24-70 f/2.8L $1,000+
24-105 f/4L IS $1,000+

that last category is probably missing some lenses, too. in my mind, THAT'S why canon is number 1. what do i want in a 20-something zoom? i have about $500 to spend, but don't want to go overboard, and cheaper is always better. i almost went with the 24-85, but decided to spend that extra $100 for an extra 50mm and IS, and got the 28-135IS.

carl zeiss can make a 50mm prime that is the sharpest and most colorful performang lens in the world, but that does nothing for me as a photographer or a consumer.

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