Looking for more sharpness

Started Nov 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Gunzorro Senior Member • Posts: 1,889
Re: Looking for more sharpness

The first step would be to move to full frame for the best improvement in "sharpness" and image quality. Buy a nice used 5D Mark II, or if you can afford it, the new 5D Mark III.

On full frame, the 50/1.2L is an amazing lens, especially for portraits and weddings, plus casual walk around. The new EF 40/2.8 STM is an amazingly sharp little lens for $200 new.

But if you want sharp, get the inexpensive EF 50/2.5 Macro -- great little lens, used for about $200.

Buy Canon lenses, especially the "L" when you can. Join Canon CPS (free Silver membership, or $100 Gold) when you qualify with equipment -- then you can have your gear easily adjusted, or have it cleaned and checked.

Other than Canon lenses, you might look at Zeiss ZE, Samyang, Voigtlander, and older adaptable lenses from Leica R series,, Contax Zeiss C/Y series, and Nikon AIS series. I would avoid the Tamrons, Tokinas, and Sigmas as a rule (although there are exceptions).

That Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC being discussed has been reviewed as sharp in the center, but softening on the sides and corners. If you were shooting a lot of video on full frame I would recommend it, where edges aren't of primary importance.

Good luck!

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