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04-24-2007, 11:48 AM   #1
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IQ, 21mm vs 50mm macro

Hi folks,

I still dont know wich lens to bye. I have ordered the 16-50. but I might change my mind.

This is what I am wondering about today: I have a 50mm f2.8 macro and a 16-45 and a 50-200. Many of my pictures are in the 50mm focal length.

When viewing pictures on my PC, I can always spot wich picture is taken with the 50mm macro. They are just better, more 3-D, contrast and sharpness. color too.

So, what can I expect in IQ if I compare the 16-45 at about 21mm setting to the 21mm prime?

Will it be like the 16-45 vs the 50mm macro?

If the IQ is close, I guess the 16-50 will be close to the 21mm.

Please compare and talk about it.


04-24-2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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The 21mm Limited? I can honestly say it is my most used lens outside of my 31mm.

It has a great angle to work with, and the images are very three dimensional. The OOF areas fall off so gently too, so I cant say I can find fault.

As compared to the 16-45mm, I cant say Im your best bet for a pure comparison, but many many people like it. I have a friend with it, and seems to get good images out of it, but stil, I feel they lack a good definition to them. Although that might just be a nit-pick. But it also seems to be the point your looking for. Comparitely, the 21mm seems to blow the 16-45mm away, although you would kinda have to expect that, as its a prime that costs twice as much as the zoom.

Is it worth it though? Oh yeah.
04-24-2007, 01:15 PM   #3
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IQ 21mm vs 16-45

I am a step closer to the 21mm now, because I dont beleave the 16-50 will be all that much better. Just think of all the pieces of glass an image has to go trough before it hits the sensor. More pieces of glass has to be bad?

And, how do you compare the 21mm against the 31mm?


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