E-M5 Lens question or two.

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Questions thread
Alumna Gorp
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Re: 12-50: sharp enough for a 1 MP camera
In reply to sigala1, Mar 27, 2013

sigala1 wrote:

Alumna Gorp wrote:

sigala1 wrote:

I think the 12-50 has unacceptable soft edges at 12mm. Other people maybe don't have that problem.

At 14mm, the smaller, lighter and less expensive m.zuiko 14-42mm II kit lens has better image quality in my opinion.

At longer focal lengths, the 12-50 is generally as good or better than the 14-42mm II.

Perhaps the 12-50 has better wide open performance than the 14-42mm II which needs to be stopped down. Although remember that "wide open" isn't really that wide open on either of these kit lenses, but even less so on the 12-50.

I usually use the 14-42m II, because of the size/weight and I just like it better. And I have the lens hood for the 14-42mm II.

The 12-50mm is designed to look and feel like a more premium lens than the 14-42mm II, but it doesn't deliver premium image quality.

Are you using the 12-50mm ?

As your demo shows, the 12-50 is sharp enough if you only need 1 MP images for web viewing, if you get a good copy.

But for high quality 16MP images, it's another story.

I print too A4 sometimes A3, the 12-50mm has no problems I can assure you of that.

Go and check out some of the decent blogs, all images are quite drastically reduced in size, maybe we should all start saying the 14-42 images are bad as well, since these as well are reduced for web use

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