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70mm: vs 70-200/4L IS

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This comparison was made with the first sample. See also sample #6.


This is where the lens was focused.

The 70-200/2.8L IS II is crispy crunch sharp wide open, with finely etched detail. Stopping down to f/4 achieves nothing except to brighten the image slightly. Stopping down to f/5.6 maintains the quality, stopping down to f/8 shows slight loss of micro contrast due to diffraction, and f/11 shows clear loss of micro contrast. One cannot ask for better performance.

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