50-200 Vs 90-250 Lens Test

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Joe B T Veteran Member • Posts: 3,948
50-200 Vs 90-250 Lens Test

Today I picked up a copy of the August 2006 Photography Monthly magazine so I could read the article on the Leica MP review, and I ran across this article called The long zoom lens test.

The lenses that were compared to one another were as follows.

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS
Nikon AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5 5.6
Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5
Olympus Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8
Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6
Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3
Tamron SP 200-500mm f/5-6.3

The highest rated lenses were the Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm (85/100), and the Tamron 200-500mm (85/100).

The Olympus 90-250 received the lowest score of them all (78/100)

Pros: Build, fast aperture, splash proof, contrast and color rendition, tripod bushes

Cons: Hesitant AF, Long end resolution, cost.

Ian Andrews using 12233 targets using the camera’s RAW setting with the lens at its shortest, middle, and longest settings conducted the tests. Shots were taken at every whole aperture.

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