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Canon digital SLR upgrade - EOS 350D / XT versus EOS 5D Gordon Laing, November 2006

Outdoor
/ Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting


Canon EOS 350D with 17-85mm vs Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm purple fringing

  To compare the purple fringing of the Canon 350D / XT with the EF-S 17-85mm against the Canon 5D with the EF 24-105mm, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using each lens at their widest and longest focal lengths and with their apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Both lenses exhibit purple fringing at wide angle, although the EF-S 17-85mm is slightly worse. Zoom into telephoto though and the EF-S 17-85mm has much less fringing than the EF 24-105mm.






Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT
Using Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EOS-5D
Using Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 350D with 17-85mm EF-S lens at 17mm f4
Canon EOS 350D with 17-85mm EF-S lens at 85mm f5.6
Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm EF lens at 24mm f4
Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm EF lens at 105mm f4
17-85mm EF-S at 17mm f4
17-85mm EF-S at 85mm f5.6
24-105mm EF at 24mm f4
24-105mm EF at 105mm f4


Canon EOS 350D with 17-85mm vs Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm macro

To compare the macro capabilities of the Canon 350D / XT with the EF-S 17-85mm against the Canon 5D with the EF 24-105mm, we photographed a custom chart at a focal length and distance which delivered the maximum possible reproduction. The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test.

Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT
Using Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EOS-5D
Using Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 350D macro with 17-85mm EF-S lens at 85mm f8
Canon EOS 5D macro with 24-105mm EF lens at 105mm f8
17-85mm EF-S at 85mm f8
Max area of 104x70mm at 17cm
24-105mm EF at 105mm f8
Max area of 154x104mm

You don't need to look at the figures to see the EF-S 17-85mm is capable of greater macro reproductions than the EF 24-105mm, but to be fair neither lens can be described as great for close-ups. Indeed the budget EF-S 18-55mm kit lens bundled with the 350D / XT is capable of much better macro results - see our 400D / XTi lens group test for examples. Ultimately if you're really into close-ups with either camera, you should look into buying extension tubes or a dedicated macro lens.

Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT versus EOS 5D results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting


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