I thought that the "L" stood for luxury, a better line of Canon lenses. They have a red ring around them and are better quality lenses than the regular Canon ones, better optics and build.
Nikon's Pro lenses don't have a single marking. ED stands for "Extra Low Dispersion" lens elements. All Pro lenses are ED but not all ED lenses are Pro. For example the 70-300 has ED elements in it, but it's not a Pro grade lens. If you are a Nikon shooter, you learn what glass is pro grade and what is not. It's good some pro-sumer glass has pro features without the pro price.
I know that Nikon's 'Pro' lenses are distinguishable by a gold ring, similar to the red ring of Canon 'L' lenses. And yeah, all pro lenses are ED lenses, but not all ED are pro.
Exactly. Also Nikons glass is still very good in the lower segement too. I have both ends of the spectrum and, both shoot just great. And the price jump for the L glass to me means Lunacy.Generally if it is an f2.8 or an f1.4 it's top of the line.
Nikon doesn't seem all that interested in dissing their Non-Pro shooters that can't afford the fastest glass by making it obvious that you have the next step down.
Not always the case. The Nikkor 85mm f1.4 is most definitely a pro lens but has no ED elements and no gold ring.
Exactly. Also Nikons glass is still very good in the lower segement too. I have both ends of the spectrum and, both shoot just great. And the price jump for the L glass to me means Lunacy.