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03-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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4 different lenses, same subject, same lighting. Slightly different settings to try and make things relatively equal. Pick your fav...










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On initial look (and without my 32x zoom to cheat with) the third from the top appears more articulated (sharper) and a little better in the contrast dept. Not sure how many ambient variables may have come into play, as I can see you manually holding the camera in the reflection on the images and the focus on the reflections are inconsistant.
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this isn't scientific...just a quick point and shoot handheld. Just interesting results at least to my eyes. I need to do some more shooting.

Just for grins, the lenses are (not in order ):

16-45
31ltd
50-135*
77ltd
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I'm a fan on 'no science' myself, hehe. Took a lot of flame for my brick wall K10 vs K20 shots, but I digress... I like 3 best.

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the reason I toss these up is that for me this is kinda real world shooting: low light, odd subject, and I'm after a "look" rather than a spec. The 31 just showed up today so I need to get a feel for I'd. It took a day or so to feel comfortable with the 77 which I now really love.
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I agree that #3 looks the best although all are pretty equal.
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#3 has the color. Best.
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Hmm....#3 definitely has more contrast, but in looking at the pics, it's hard to tell if it's because of the lens or because you were closer to the subject and blocked off more of the reflections which seemed to be robbing contrast in the other pics. I'm going to guess the order to be:
#1 16-45mm
#2 77mm
#3 31mm
#4 50-135mm

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i'd have to agree on #3. it has the most accurate depiction of the color.
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I agree with #3 as well, but #1 is a close second for me...
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So do we get an explanation/interpretation of the picture next?
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I agree that #3 has the most contrast. It is even more evident in viewing the raw files 4-up in aperture. But what I found (as did my artist g/f, who I showed these to with her not knowing which was which lens) is that #3 looked "the best" at first due to the better contrast, but #1 actually was "the shot" that had the magic mix of depth, contrast, etc.

So the order of the shots is:

1. 77mm ltd
2. 31mm ltd
3. 50-135* @ 80mm
4. 16-45 @ 45mm

So this non-scientific test indicates that in my hands under these conditions, the 50-135* is a pretty incredible lens...even moreso being a zoom. Also that the 77 really is a keeper for me...I just love this lens. The 16-45 is good for what it costs, and the 31...well, I'm going to have to shoot some more with it. My first "roll" with the lens hasn't grabbed me.

*disclaimer - this test was non-scientific and the results mean little to nothing for anyone except perhaps me. Your mileage may vary, offer void where prohibited. No animals were harmed during this filming.
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