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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:12 pm 
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Hi Asif:

Thanks for the photo samples and comments.

I think the lens does a good job for the price and convenience. Have you printed any photos...if so, what sizes and how did they look?

Do you have any indoor and evening samples?

Thanks,

Mitch

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:53 pm 
mitchel wrote:
Hi Asif:

Thanks for the photo samples and comments.

I think the lens does a good job for the price and convenience. Have you printed any photos...if so, what sizes and how did they look?

Do you have any indoor and evening samples?

Thanks,

Mitch


Hi Mitchel,

I'll do some printing at the weekend and let you know the results. In the meantime, here are a couple of indoor evening shots.

With Speedlite 430EXII and Stofen diffuser:

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With on-camera flash:

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Regards,
Asif


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:06 pm 
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Asif Tufal wrote:
I'll do some printing at the weekend and let you know the results. In the meantime, here are a couple of indoor evening shots.

With Speedlite 430EXII and Stofen diffuser:


I forgot to mention that your kids are beautiful!

I think these also look very good, I just don't know what people are complaining about regarding this lens. Thanks for printing some.

I have a feeling those that are complaining only use "L" lenses or view everything at 100% or more in Photoshop and look for something to complain about. I'm sure if you look hard enough you will find fault with a high-end "L" also. :shock:

Oh well...to each his own.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:51 pm 
mitchel wrote:
Asif Tufal wrote:
I'll do some printing at the weekend and let you know the results. In the meantime, here are a couple of indoor evening shots.

With Speedlite 430EXII and Stofen diffuser:


I forgot to mention that your kids are beautiful!

I think these also look very good, I just don't know what people are complaining about regarding this lens. Thanks for printing some.

I have a feeling those that are complaining only use "L" lenses or view everything at 100% or more in Photoshop and look for something to complain about. I'm sure if you look hard enough you will find fault with a high-end "L" also. :shock:

Oh well...to each his own.

Mitch


Thanks Mitch,

Here's a few more indoor evening shots, all using the 430EXII with Stofen diffuser:

Reading Time

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Anisah's Ring

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Teddy Bear

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I hope to take more test shots over the weekend (and do some printing).

Regards,
Asif


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:48 am 
Hi All,

Just to let you know, there are now over 300 sample shots in my Flickr set for this lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tufal/sets ... 513982025/

Regards,
Asif


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:29 pm 
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I think these also look very good, I just don't know what people are complaining about regarding this lens.


I also have the lens and overall I like it a lot, however there are some shortcomings. Shooting indoor is one of them.

Indoor (½ dark):

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18mm - canon 50D @ 12800 ISO (ouch the noise... Getting a 50mm f.1.8 II soon - cheap and nice i hear).

But the 18-200mm its great outdoors!

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But it does tend to bend images a bit :-)

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20mm look at the bend on that nearest flagpole! :-)


Overall I love the lens. It's simply perfect for taking a walk through the city and shooting.

Naturally it might not be an "L" lens and the long range comes does mean its not really a high performer at the end of the ranges, but for me personally, the challenge lies not in the glass but in finding the motives and taking pictures of random people - closer than 200mm


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:56 pm 
Did a few shots tonight at low light/darkness all at 18mm 3.5-4.5:

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Daylight:
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:16 pm 
Asif,
Thanks for a good and informative review.
I dont have this lens, but from the review of yours i have to admit that this lens probably is a better "every day lens" than my 17-85

Yes, 17 is wider that 18 but not to much to debate about.

Are your samples straght from the camera, or have you done any postprocessing such as sharpening, levels, or such?
If not, whats your picture style settings in the camera?

Thanks again for a good review !
/K


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:35 am 
Khol wrote:
Asif,
Thanks for a good and informative review.
I dont have this lens, but from the review of yours i have to admit that this lens probably is a better "every day lens" than my 17-85

Yes, 17 is wider that 18 but not to much to debate about.

Are your samples straght from the camera, or have you done any postprocessing such as sharpening, levels, or such?
If not, whats your picture style settings in the camera?

Thanks again for a good review !
/K


Hi Khol,

My post-processing skills are quite limited and I did the following in Canon's Digital Photo Professional: (a) tone curve adjustment, (b) increase sharpening to 5, (c) either increase saturation to 1/2 or adjust the white balance, (d) adjust the brightness, and (e) cropping for some shots.

Regards,
Asif

P.S. There are many excellent shots at http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon_ef-s ... m_is/pool/


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:57 pm 
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But it does tend to bend images a bit :-)

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20mm look at the bend on that nearest flagpole! :-)



Hehehe, yes, that seems to be an unavoidable problem with super-zooms. To be fair though, distortions are likely to go unnoticed in most field conditions. It's plain that nobody who's into architectural photography (or anybody who needs perfectly straight lines for some reason or other) would ever dream on using a super-zoom, but for general purpose use the plain fact is the flexibility and convenience of this lens is all but unbeatable. Looks pretty sharp, BTW.

Very nice review, and the example shots are terrific!


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