Recommendations for all-around weather-sealed m4/3rds lens

Started Jan 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
BingoCharlie Contributing Member • Posts: 849
Re: Recommendations for all-around weather-sealed m4/3rds lens

bowportes wrote:

BingoCharlie wrote:

bowportes wrote:

If you move from the 14-45 to the Olympus 12-50, you'll have a lens that adds weather sealing and does macro, but is not as sharp as your 14-45

Are you sure it's not as sharp? I see that claim repeated around here a lot, but it frankly seems to come down to which copy of which lens you get.

There's always sample variation, but then there are averages. Maybe the claim is repeated a lot because many have experienced surprise at how sharp the Panny 14-45 is, and not as many feel the same about the Oly 12-50. ... Averages.

DPreview hasn't reviewed the 12-50 like it has the 14-45, but some other sites have done both. (And we have to expect that manufacturers send good copies of their lenses to lens reviewers.) Compare the sharpness tests on the two lenses at ephotozine.com, for example, where they aren't even close. I doubt that this is simply a reflection of a bad copy of the Olympus lens.

That's all well and good.  You might even be right.  But LensRentals tested "two or three copies" of each lens using controlled conditions and found them to be equivalent.  Maybe they just got two or three bad copies of the 14-45 in a row.

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