As much as I love my Canon photography equipment, and would never change to anything other photography brand (even if I had to start all over again) the one thing that annoys me is the fact the professional spec L series lenses are designed for Canon’s full frame line up and not crop sensor cameras.
I appreciate you can use the L series lenses on crop sensor cameras but because of the crop factor the effective focal length changes, resulting in some pretty crazy (and a lot of the time useless) focal lengths – especially when it comes to zoom lenses. Let me explain………..
16mm – 35mm zoom lens
A 16mm – 35mm is a fantastic focal length for landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and the 16mm – 35mm f4L IS lens is an amazing lens (check out this review) but if you put it on a crop sensor camera the effective focal length becomes 25.6mm – 56mm. At 25.6mm the short end is still considered wide, and can be used for landscapes/seascapes/cityscapes but the rest of the focal range is a little too long and effectively wasted for wide angle photography.
Another issues is that whilst 25.6mm is wide, it is not 16mm ultra-wide – and there are times when I want a wide field of view to get as much in the frame possible, and this focal length won’t cut it.
There is an EF-S lens with an effective focal length of 16mm – 35mm, the Canon 10mm – 22mm f3.5 and whilst it too is a very good lens (check out this review) it is not an L series lens. This lens isn’t as tough, durable and robust as an L series lens and the image quality isn’t as good either. Okay, this lens is significantly less than the Canon 16mm – 35mm f4L IS lens but it should be as the two lenses are miles apart.
I have read reviews about the Canon 10mm – 22mm lens stating is “an L series lens without the red ring” but this simply isn’t true. I own both lenses and I can assure you the 16mm – 35mm f4L IS lens blows this out the water. As much as I love my Canon 10mm – 22mm and use it on my travels when I want to travel light with my crop sensor camera, the build quality and the image quality isn’t up there with the L series lenses. If you are going to buy a Canon 10mm – 22mm on the basis it is an “L series lens without the red ring designed for crop sensor cameras” I would suggest you get down your local camera shop and directly compare it to the Canon 16mm – 35mm lenses before parting with your hard earned money.
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