Lens too good for camera?

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  1. jamesino

    jamesino TPF Noob!

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    While having a recent discussion with my friend, she told me that If I purchase the Canon EF 70-200m F/4L telephoto lens for my Canon Rebel Xti/400D camera, there might be a chance that the lens will be "overkill" and can produce pictures of greater quality than the image sensor of the camera will allow.

    Is this possible?
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    No... that's absurd. Your friend doesn't know what they are talking about.

    It's all about the lens.
     
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    Very few lenses can out resolve a dSLR sensor ... I believe that the Canon 135L comes close.
     
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    Best thing I ever did was get L glass on the xti. Get an L on an xti and the combo can produce awesome stuff. A 1D MKIII with cruddy glass would get lesser quality image IMHO.
     
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    nah you'll be fine... sometimes you can get a body that is too good for the lens though... like if you attach rubbish glass onto a full frame camera like a 5D.. its gona show in quality.
     
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    No way!! you did exactly the right thing. Buying good glass before you are able to buy a decent body is the exact right way to save money.
     
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    That is very false information. I currently use that setup, very amazing quality. Like everyone says, more about the lens.
     
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    The opposite is true. A good body/sensor will show deficiencies in poor glass. Put anything but a L lens on a 1D body and see what you get. Even some L's look dissapointing on it. I had a gentlemen tell me today that I needed a 1D for my 400mm. Granted I would if I could harvest an organ or two, but I like my 40D just fine for now.
     
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    I keep threatening to do it. One day I'll put me 70-200 f/2.8L IS on my 300D and go shoot with it.
     

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