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Very blonde question


snapperkate 11 13
10 Sep 2013 9:15PM
Really hope I don't get shot down in flames but whats thew difference between a Canon L lens and a none L version.

Thanks it advance

Kate x
chris.maddock 20 3.7k United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 9:18PM
The first ones are an "L" of a price Smile

Seriously, it's generally better design and build quality than the non-L lenses.
snapperkate 11 13
10 Sep 2013 9:20PM
Chris,
How do you mean better design?
robthecamman 10 1.7k United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 9:21PM
better quality glass for one thing
tpfkapm Plus
10 278 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 9:30PM
generally L lenses are better built, have weather sealing(newer ones) fast reliable accurate AF, wide apertures, and designed for full farm

there are good non L lenses and some exceptional efs lenses for cropped sensors
snapperkate 11 13
10 Sep 2013 9:33PM
OOOH this is getting complicated. Thought the answer might be easy
Spencer1966 9 85 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 11:00PM
think
fiat v bentley
Primark v harrods
Sekonda v rolex

better quality, more expensive but does exactly the same thing Grin
10 Sep 2013 11:53PM
An easy answer:
There are professional instruments and amateur instruments. Electric drills for example. They do the same job and look similar. The difference is in their capacity to do the job and last with that. Professional drills are for 24/7 use on heavy stuff - like drilling concrete, and amateur ones - for occasional use in limited range of easier jobs.
Now to the lenses. L is professional grade optics. it lasts longer and gives guaranteed results where "non-L" would hesitate and produce 50/50 at best. Practical example - when a professional photographer shoots sports action they can not afford 90 per cent of images be out focus, even if looking good on the Internet.
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2013 9:44AM
I have a Sigma 70-200 2.8 VR lens....where does that fit in the above ?
....I certainly get a lot of out of focus shots Smile

My first proper lens was a Nikon 70-300 VR certainly not an L lens but I swear my pics were a lot better.
11 Sep 2013 12:36PM

Quote:I have a Sigma 70-200 2.8 VR lens....where does that fit in the above ?
....I certainly get a lot of out of focus shots Smile

My first proper lens was a Nikon 70-300 VR certainly not an L lens but I swear my pics were a lot better.


What is Sigma 70-200 2.8 VR? And is it better than Nikon 70-200 2.8 EX DG HSM? Professionals would not know...TongueWink
JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2013 12:58PM
L for luxury, low dispersion or Learner Wink (old Nikon joke)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_L_lens
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
11 Sep 2013 1:49PM

Quote:What is Sigma 70-200 2.8 VR? And is it better than Nikon 70-200 2.8 EX DG HSM


....... I don't understand the question Michael, you know that it's a lens and that it is not to the build quality of the Nikon 70-200 2.8.
11 Sep 2013 2:52PM

Quote:....
....... I don't understand the question Michael, you know that it's a lens and that it is not to the build quality of the Nikon 70-200 2.8.


I had a trouble getting your point in bringing Nikon lens into Canon lens question/discussion. Even more so that, to my knowledge, Sigma never used VR in their lens designation - so Sigma 70- 200 VR is a mythical beast. They use OS for optical stabilization.Smile
snapperkate 11 13
11 Sep 2013 4:21PM
Now now boys calm down Smile But thanks for the advice x
conrad 17 10.9k 116
11 Sep 2013 4:36PM
Kate, that question probably didn't come out of the blue. If you have a specific lens need, and came across L and non-L lenses, it might be an idea to tell us the specifics, and see if anything sensible can be said on the subject. Smile

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