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Conclusions

Having shot a variety of Leica wide angle prime lenses under the same conditions, I have new appreciation for just how good Leica lenses are— but they also cost 3-10X as much! You get what you pay for. But even Leica lenses have their limitations, especially field curvature. So these Canon EF lenses deserve some respect for what they do at a very low price point.

Zoom or primes

Shooting one lens and knowing it well it are the key to good photographs (on top of a vision of what you want to accomplish). A single top-notch lens is better than a “good” zoom lens, or a bag o' lenses. And having to stop down for acceptable performance means that wide aperture landscapes and low lighting shooting limit your possibilities.

You could buy all five of the Canon primes reviewed here for about $1855. You could also instead get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, and save $400 or so, so if you want the range, get the zoom. But don’t assume you’ll get better pictures with the zoom, either artistically or optically.

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Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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