Wonking out with a blingy new lens.
So I convinced myself that I needed a lens that would cover a lot of focal lengths. You know, a "walking around" lens. And I convinced myself that, since the Canon 24-105mm lens was really computed and designed for full frame cameras that perhaps it wasn't really optimized to give me the very high resolution performance that an EFS (lens for Canon cropped sensor) lens might give me. I pored through the test reports and then capriciously bought an EFS 15-85mm 3.5 to 5.6. I would never have done it but the single best zoom lens I ever shot with on an APS sensor Nikon was the 16-85mm and I was hoping that this lens would be Canon's answer. Big deal. Almost all of my favorite shots are taken around 50mm. Like the one above.
But I did shoot at both ends just to see what it would do. Straight out of the camera there's distortion galore. And vignetting to beat the band. Not use to seeing that after using Olympus's better lenses for the last year... But, after I pushed the right buttons in LR 3 the lines straightened up, the corners got brighter (but not too bright) and everything settled down.
I'm not saying this lens is good or bad. I kinda like it but that's more because I like the way it feels and looks. When I shoot for pay I go with known good performing lenses. But I'll keep pounding away with this one till I like it or sell it. One thing though, it's a great set of focal lengths. About 22mm to about 130mm in one tube. Groovy.
Here's what it looks like wide with some wild polarizing thrown in just to make it fun:
Here's from about the same vantage point using the other extreme of the lens:
And, of course a tromp through Austin's downtown always leads me to the Frost Tower so I tried the long end on that as well:
Finally, another 15mm frame of the hike and bike trail bridge and I was done with this most schizophrenic of all optics.....