Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: Panasonic 7~14mm or Olympus 12mm ?

deep7 wrote:

Anders W wrote:

deep7 wrote:

Actually, the Olympus 12mm isn't that perfect as it relies on software correction for distortion.

Why would that be a problem if resolution is fine (as it is) after software correction?

The Hyperprime has less distortion but you have to correct it yourself! The Hyperprime has minor purple fringing in the extreme corners, easily corrected. On the plus side, it has gorgeous contrast, colour and rendition of out of focus areas, focusses so close you can almost touch your subject and is a 1.6 lens. The centre is sharp at all apertures and corners excellent from f4. The images it produces look fantastic.

It's a superb lens but may not suit the original poster as it's neither particularly small nor light! However, it is one lens I don't imagine I would ever sell.

Photozone has tested both lenses. I think the results speak for themselves:

The 12mm Oly does soften in the corners when software correction is applied, which is not unusual.

Again, what's the problem with that if resolution is fine (as it is) after software correction? It's the end result that counts, isn't it?

You also get some cropping, of course.

After which you have exactly the FoV that a 12 mm lens should have and that is advertised in the specs.

I note the review of the Hyperprime exactly matched mine (no longer available, no thanks to Apple), so I don't get your point.

I don't know what you mean by your "review". All I could go by was what you said above. In that regard, I note that the reviews I linked to show the Oly 12 to be vastly superior with regard to vignetting (worst figures I can remember seeing for any lens) and CA and, unlike the Hyperprime, doesn't have any significant problems with flare. Resolution is also better. What you said made no reference to any of this, except for your mention of "minor purple fringing".

Better than a review are samples. Some of these are full size files:

I note the original poster has chosen to go with the Oly 9-18mm anyway, which makes sense.

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