Pro v Consumer Lenses Pt. 2
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What is the difference between a consumer lens and an expensive professional lens? Will it make a difference where it matters - in my images!
In part 1 we looked at physical differences between a Pro and consumer lens of the same focal length - now lets start taking and comparing some images.
I'm using my old 70-210 f5.6 zoom lens and 70-200 f2.8 ED Nikkor to take the same images with each. And we're starting with a clothes line.
All lenses perform at their worst at extreme apertures and focal lengths so I took this image with both lenses. First at the widest aperture and then the smallest and used full zoom on each. Then to check edge sharpness I shit them again from the side and did the same to see what difference there is between the two. Obviously the expensive f2.8 is slightly better but with a price tag over £1000 more than the consumer lens you'd expect it to be.
Have a look at the images for your self - download here.
In part 3 we'll take to the streets and see how they handle in a more real life situation.
7 Steps to Perfect Pictures is a demanding course because it's akin to learning a new language. Even if one masters the grammar that's useless unless the vocabulary comes easily in conversation when it's needed. So for me, the true value of the course was to provide me with the elements that will enable me to become "fluent" over time.