The second in our series of selecting the best-quality lenses for your camera concentrates on one of the most highly-anticipated cameras of our time, the successor to the hugely popular EOS 5D Mark II. But by the time it was announced, in early March, it’s probably fair to say Nikon had taken fair amount of interest away by announcing the 36M-Pix D800 and D800E models the month before. Be that as it may, there’s no denying the 22.3 M-Pix EOS 5D Mark III is a remarkably capable camera, and a formidable rival to the Nikon.
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After evaluating the performance characteristics of lenses mounted on full-frame models such as Nikon D800 and D600, as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mk III, we’ve now had the opportunity to analyze a range of lenses on the Sony SLT-A99. In this concise report, we’ll see how well the combination of Sony’s high-end image sensor and the latest Alpha mount lenses perform.
I will go to HK to buy a Canon D5 Mk II to replace my EOS 450D. I have a very good lens on my 450 (Canon EF28-135mm Ultrasonic). I intend buying to go with the D5 the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 Di VC USD and the Canon 50mm f1.2L or the Sigma 50mm F1.4 USM (if money is tight). I know where I'll know where to buy the camera as I have lived in HK and now live in China. As this is my last big spend on camera equipment, can someone say if the Canon EF 28-135MM, the Canon 50mm 1.2L and the Tamron 24-70mm lenses would be sufficient for my needs. I am just an average photographer who enjoys his hobby.
The 5D Mk iii can correct aberrations, etc with this function enabled and for lenses that it recognizes. Canon also says that with third party lenses one should disable the function because it may confuse a third party lens with a canon lens and apply the wrong correction. I find that tough to buy, but it begs the following questions: 1. I assume your tests are with this function disabled. If that's true, and I turn it on, for lenses that it recognizes, does it improve the score? 2. After seeing the Sigma prime results, I would like to purchase them, but I'm not happy about turning off the corrections for my Canon lenses. What would you do? Disable the correction? 3. I assume if I use DxO optics Pro (about to buy it), that it would apply the corrections in any event- true? Thanks, Bob (everything I do is RAW. Have a 1Dx and am about to purchase a 5D Mk iii)
Your assumptions are good: - we effectively disable every correction on RAW to only evaluate lens quality - Optics Pro will correct every lenses listed. - About turning off the correction it is up to you!
I love your data and particularly value that lenses are reviewed in conjunction with camera bodies. I'm also a user of DxO Optics Pro for several years and sometimes use other Raw conversion products that include Digital Lens Optimization, such as Canon's Digital Photo Professional. Optics Pro and similar lens optimization programming included in Raw converters can make a huge difference in the final image quality of the images processed with them.
I'm frustrated that I can't see the lens performance rating after correction. I realize that's a huge can of worms, but digital lens correction and optimization is an important part of the digital imaging system (lens/camera/software). DxO has had a leadership position in this area for years, an yet I've never seen DxOMark apply its analysis to the corrected images of a lens/camera combination.
Don't you think that this would be very useful? Even if you do a limited sample, I think applying the quantitative analysis would be very informative, particularly when applied to a zoom lens.
I see this clearly in my own photography, particularly with my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. Without correction, that lens isn't anywhere near the same performance level as my EF 70-200mm f/4L IS or my EF 500mm f/4L IS. It's not even close, but after correction, the results are very good.
It is indeed a very interesting request. For now lens and camera measurements are only performed on RAW. We do not plan in a short future to perform test after raw conversion (our partner (DPReview or Focus Numérique do that).
Please help me understand how the sensor plays into the lens sharpness
How does lens sharpness increase so significantly from the 5DII to the 5DIII when using the same lens? Also, how do the same lens have such higher sharpness score on the D800 vs D7000, which have the same pixel density? Obviously this sharpness number depends on the sensor somehow, but it is not explained.
It will be very interesting when DxOMark publishes it's full D600 recommended lens review (it appears late as it was promised for the end of April?) to see how it performs against the Canon 5D Mark III....since the MP count between those two cameras is much closer than between the D800 and the 5D Mark III.
There is already some early evidence from DxOMark testing that the D600 outperforms the D4, D3, D3s and D3X and is very close to the D800 on certain lenses (for example in the recent Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II review).
I have been wondering if the full DxOMark lens tests with the D600 are going to show that the D600 delivers the best overall value in terms of overall DxOMark scores and sharpness scores. I know I've been blow away by the results I've been getting with my D600 and Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR.
I guess you have seen it already. - The cat is out of the sack.- The D600 is definetly on the same level with the D800 and thus outperforms the Canon 5D Mark III.
Best example ist the DxO Mark value for the 85 mm primes. - The D800 and D600 reach values of 40 with the best lenses. - The Canon 5d Mark III's best value is at 35. 5 Points are quite a noticable difference in IQ, I suspekt.
And at that one should also take the price tag into account...
Wide and ultra-wide angle prime (fixed focal length)
Hi DxO In the above article on lenses for Canon 5D MkIII, the comparison table shows the Canon EF 24mm f1.4L II USM as tying 3rd place score-wise with Carl Zeis Distagon T35MM f2 ZE for Canon, yet the note under the comparison table says,"The two top rated wide-angle lenses are moderate wide-angles, followed by Canon's highly rated EF 24mm f1.4 II USM". Is this a purposeful promotion of Canon over the Carl Zeis lens? Could you be bending to corporate pressure from Canon? I was hoping your editorial comments were completely independent.