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I have a collection of Canon Lenses. The Canon 70-200 f2.8, the Canon 24-105 lens, the Canon 400 f/5.6, and my Canon 85mm f1.8 prime lens are all designed for full-sized sensor cameras. The photo below was taken with the 70-200 lens.
It was taken at f 2.8 at a fairly close distance, so the depth of field is quite shallow. I focused on the dog's nose and at a such a wide open aperture, with the 70-200 lens, his eyes are not at the same sharpness level as his nose.
This brings up one of the limitations of camera lens reviews. Not every lens and camera combination will give you the sharpest focus every time.
There are variations within each specific lens that is manufactured.
Technically speaking, to get the maximum sharpness from your lens-camera combination the lens should be calibrated with your camera. Some of the most recently designed digital SLRs give the user the ability to calibrate the lens themselves.
It has been customary in the past to have to send your equipment off in the mail to a service center to get it calibrated. This would mean ans expense as well as time without your valuable equipment in your hands and taking photographs.
This photo was taken with the Canon 70-200 f2.8 at f2.8 at 1/00 second at ISO 1600. Hand held at 200mm, There is a lack of overall sharpness due to camera movement that is hard to avoid without using a tripod or the image-stabilizing abilities of the lens.
With a nice zoom range of 24-105mm, this is probably the MOST USED of my best canon lenses. I use the Canon 70-200 lens for the majority of my portrait photography, but the 24-105 lens is more versatile for sure.
It wasn't a very bright day outside. Even close to the large window, I had to use a high ISO setting with both my Canon 5D and Canon 5D Mark III.
I do like to use natural light whenever I can and the color scheme of this area of the house was perfect for background colors for the Basset Hound.
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Written by Bruce Lovelace