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Pro Lenses vs Consumer Lenses

October 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is my first column after my month hiatus. Look for me to return to weekly Friday columns now until my December break.


Those of you who read CJP Photo News know I’m a Canon user so today’s column and my blog in general will be Canon centric when I discuss products.  

Do you need the most sophisticated camera and photography equipment to get impressive pictures?  The short answer is maybe.  There is no doubt that you get what you pay for.  However, sometimes higher cost doesn’t always equal higher quality.  Before everyone jumps on me, I said SOMETIMES.


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The longer answer follows:

Canon has the “L” series lens, the pro lens produced by Canon.  The “L” lens is said to produce superior images as opposed to the consumer lens.  I’ve owned two “L” lenses throughout my photography career:
Pro (L) Lenses:
EF 17-40
EF 24-70




and I’ve also used consumer lenses:
Consumer Lenses:
EF 28-135
EFS 10-22
EF 70-300


Having used both the “L” series lens and the consumer lens, I can tell you that yes the “L” lens can produce high quality images just as a consumer lens can.  It takes more than sophisticated equipment to take quality photography.  You can read my review of my 10-18mm lens for an example of this.  I’ve been a victim? of people asking me what lens/camera I’ve used to take a particular photo.  You must have spent big time money.  I know others who have been asked the same question.  The answer isn’t always as clear cut.  As it turns out, in my OWN opinion and mine ONLY, I don’t think spending an exorbitant amount of money on equipment is always the best decision.  If you’re comfortable and familiar with Photoshop CC, you can certainly improve on the image that comes out of your camera.


If you do use Photoshop and you own a DSLR, you should be shooting in the RAW format.  This is my way of promoting an event at the Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut.  On November 7, at 7pm I will be discussing the  RAW format, Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.  How I use all three and why.


Canon “L” lenses can produce superior images.  However if you don’t have the resources to spend the kind of money “L” lenses cost, do not despair.  You can still produce high quality images with Canon’s consumer lenses.



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.




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