I know that definition is hard to judge in this format, but I can't really see any difference between these pics (and their originals) and what I used to get with my 100-300mm and 28-105mm lenses. Can anyone see a difference, or am I missing something?
So is the bad reputation of Hyperzooms a predjudice that belongs in the past?
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
In my opinion, not all of these lenses are really bad, and the ones that are not so good are only bad when you try to push the envelope. You've said recently that you try to stop down to F8 most of the time, and I suspect that helps a lot. There's very few lenses that are that really bad when stopped down. Where quality (or lack of it) shows is when you're trying to use a lens at its widest aperture, and also at its longest or shortest zooms at the same time.
Looking at those pictures you've selected, three are in bright sunshine so I'd guess you're stopped down a bit. None of them look like you're stretching the 300mm end of the lens, or the 28mm end either.
I'd suggest you shoot some stuff on a dull day with the lens wide open at maximum and minimum focal lengths and make some judgements based on those results. Having said that, technology moves on all the time and all you need to do is think back 20 years and consider all the folks who condemned ANY sort of zoom, so these lenses are bound to be getting better as time moves on.
Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1424 times:
The hyperzooms are very useful to have on the front of your camera for a catch-all, and the quality is comparable to what you'll get from carrying around a budget 70-210 or 70-300 and 28-80 (or 28-105 as you say). You will usually find that at the 300mm end it will be noticeably slower than a 70-300 (maybe 2/3 stop to a stop), and the quality usually degrades quite sharply once you pass the well-used 200/210mm range.
I would say that for most people for most circumstances, a hyperzoom will do almost as well as separate short and long zooms - the quality of the optics is similar. But there are also some really pretty good medium-range zooms (Nikkor & Canon 80-200/70-210 F4-5.6) that will produce better results for less money. I bought a secondhand Nikkor 80-200 F4-5.6 for £99 and it blows every other similar zoom I've ever had out of the water, including the Sigma 70-300 Super Apo Macro which was £300.
AKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 49 Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1419 times:
Good laugh on a Friday evening. Let me know when Canon will come out with that lense, maybe then Nikon can be convinced to do the same thing, I would settle with a 14mm-1000mm zoom, that would do it for me.....
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
Mmmmm............given the fact that Canon's current EF 1200mm f/5.6 already cost well over US$130K (custom orders only), I wonder how shocking will the price tag be if they ever come out with a 14-1000mm like you guys fantasize about!!