Wow, the low light deficiencies of the Evolt 5xx line can be remedied with a simple lens

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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viorel Contributing Member • Posts: 939
Re: Wow, the low light deficiencies of the Evolt 5xx line can be remedied with a simple lens

for the price, they may be good but don't expect the quality of 50 mm zd. Wide open they suffer of low contrast and less resolution. They were designed for film camera and film was more forgiving than current modern digital sensors/ You need very good (expensive) glass to design lenses for current digital sensors.

I have Nikkor 50 1.8 and Zuiko manual 50 1.8 and tested them on Epl1 (that has weak low pass filter). They start to get ok at 2.8 with good performance at f4 but that's already kit lens territory. The only advantage I see is they are smaller (but not by much with adapter). No one came close to ZD 50 mm not even stopped down at f 5.6. (ZD 50 can be had cheap these days, between 300-400 $)

However if IQ is not that important and just need something to gather enough light, at cheap price, they are ok-ish.

PS. If you can find a Sigma 30 1.4 designed for 4/3 - that's an amazing lens, sharp wide open, and can make a difference. ...less expensive than ZD but not easy to find

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