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Canon 8-64 vs 11-165


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#1 Matthew Poliquin

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 07:25 PM

I've shot a short on the 8-64 and loved it - it was quite sharp and I didn't notice any breathing. Aside from the obvious difference in length and range, how does the 11-165 compare? Is it as sharp (or close to) the 8-64, and how much does it breathe?

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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:43 PM

Hmm, I thought I'd used the 11-165, but I haven't. I've used the 8-64 and the 11.5-138. Both are very nice lenses. If you don't need the extra length take a look at the 11.5-138. A movie I did last year was shot exclusively on this lens. If you'd like to see how it performed, check out Dirty
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#3 Mitch Gross

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:02 AM

I breathes a LOT more and while it is very sharp, it isn't quite up to the clarity of the 8-64. Very nice lens though. With that sort of incredible zoom range you have to expect some compromises. They tried to keep it as sharp as possible, which is part of the reason it breathes as much as it does. Still less breathing than the dreaded Zeiss 10-100. The 8-64 also has a magnificent close focus (MOD, or minimum object distance).
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