Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rise of the Mid-Range Zooms


Baba, Pushkar, India. Canon 7D, 15-85mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 2000. Photo Courtesy of Laura Liong.

My wife has a new Canon EOS 7D Body(Sweeet! :o) with the new Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. Wide-open, it produces some corner vignetting, but is otherwise tact sharp. I'm a Nikon user, but I figure if it were to go head to head with my Nikon 18-200, I’m pretty sure it would outperform it in sharpness. Pair it with a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens, and you’ve got quite a compelling two-lens travel setup. Yup… I have half a mind to trade in my trusty Nikon 18-200mm VR lens for Nikon’s equivalent Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G Lens and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lenssetup. If I add my 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lensinto the mix, I'll have a pretty sweet three-lens setup!

8 comments:

David said...

YO Ken! i just lurve your blog! Hey just wondering why didn't ya get her a nikon too! since you guys travel so much, you could easily share lenses and even have space for a primes! Dave

Ken said...

Hi Dave,

We did think about it. We would have needed to double up on often used lenses, such as the 18-200mm, but could have shared less often used lenses, such as the 10.5mm fisheye. We could also have shared common accessories, such as the battery charger.

It would have made a lot of sense, but she already has a bunch of 'leftover' Canon lenses. In a way, we don't mind using separate systems. That way, we can keep abreast with the latest advances each manufacturer brings :o)

Ken

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