One lens vs. multiple lenses

Started Jul 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Great Bustard Forum Pro • Posts: 41,906
Re: Because...

trut_maluglist wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

trut_maluglist wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

...I have my doubts that one lens could produce these photos:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/39537128

Were the landscape photos shot with a prime lens?

All were shot with primes.

For example http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/39537128?image=1

If so, is the photo significantly sharper due to the lens? The camera? Post-editing? Shot in raw? While it's not extremely important to me, I'd like to achieve that kind of sharpness.

Well, the 100 / 2 is a pretty sharp lens, especially at f/5.6. That said, at 1200 x 800 pixels, what lens isn't sharp? Here's a 4 MP compact:

Here's a 3 MP compact:

Given that 1200 x 800 pixels is a 1 MP file, even 3 MP can get the job done.

What kind of camera did you shoot those with?

The 4 MP compact was the Canon G3, the 3 MP compact was the Canon G1.

I've found that the degree of sharpness depends on how much you are zoomed in on your viewing device. For example, I'll look at a photo in Picasa and it doesn't look sharp. Then I zoom in and notice the sharpness.

Not sure what you're saying here, exactly.  But, sure, the more you zoom in on a photo, the less sharp it looks, a classic example of which is resized for web vs 100% view, although I most certainly have a few photos where they are so sharp at 100% they could pass as resized for web.

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