Reichman on Canon's complacency and WA "problems"

Discussion in 'Canon' started by RichA, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    But this is now 2008, and there is a definite feeling out there that
    Canon has not been as innovative recently as they have been in the
    past. Many of its smaller competitors have introduced advances such as
    in-body stabilization, providing shake reduction to all lenses. Sensor
    shake for dust reduction was introduced by others first, as was Live
    View. Articulated LCDs are finding their way into more and more DSLRs,
    making Live View more usable for some, but this has not yet appeared
    on any Canon DSLR.

    But, lets not quibble over features. The point is that Canon is the
    800 pound gorilla of the industry, and though they've done a lot of
    innovation over the years, they have not, in my view, taken sufficient
    advantage of their lead recently. This has left openings for other
    companies to exploit, and they are now doing so.

    An example of this is wide-angle lenses. It is no secret to anyone
    that Canon's lens line-up, though very extensive, is not as strong as
    it needs to be in the wide angle range, especially WA zooms. Full
    frame high resolution sensors such as found in the 1Ds MKIII push
    lenses very hard. Wide angles are harder to design than medium focal
    length and long lenses, especially when used on DSLRs.

    For this reason many demanding Canon users buy wide angle lenses from
    Leica and Zeiss and use them with adaptors. This means no autofocus or
    even autodiaphram, but for many critical users the superior image
    quality of high-end lenses from these two companies makes the
    compromise worthwhile.

    Canon appears to be aware of this weak spot and has recently been
    upgrading some of its WA lenses. But apparently not well enough, as
    shown in this comparison of the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L, Nikon 14-24mm
    f2.8 G and Contax Vario Sonnar 17-35mm f2.8. Incidentally, I've been
    shooting with the just-released Nikon 14-24mm and am astonished at its
    image quality. This may well be the finest ultra-wide angle zoom ever
    made; one that rivals most primes in its focal range.
    RichA, Feb 8, 2008
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