12-35 unimpressive as a landscape lens

Started Jan 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
sean000 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,314
Re: 12-35 unimpressive as a landscape lens

Shirozina wrote:

With it's high price tag I was expecting much from this lens on my GH3 but the edge resolution is disappointing under 25mm where my 14-45 is better at a fraction of the price. I shoot mainly at F8 and would expect any wide open edge losses to be resolved when stopped down but doing this on the 12-35 does very little. I was about to buy a 35-100 as well but was stopped when I started to read reports and see tests showing a similar so-so edge performance so this may simply be the design compromise of these lenses. On the plus side it has fast AF, weather sealed, fast aperture, a good solid feel and not bad edge resolution at 35mm. Think I'll sell it unless it's simply a bad copy.

I'm not surprised given my 14-45mm is a better landscape lens than my Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8. I suppose the 17-55 and 12-35 are designed for event photography and photo journalism. This hasn't stopped me from getting landscapes out of the 17-55 that look great at 13x19. I just know my 12-24 and Panny 14-45 are a bit better. My Oly 12-50mm really softens up at the corners, and isn't as sharp at the center either... Which is why I haven't sold the 14-45mm. Now I have seen landscapes from the 12-35mm that look amazing on the Web, but Ipeeping pixel peeping or looking at large prints.

I did buy a used 9-18mm, which so far seems excellent. If it compares well to my 14-45, I might sell the latter and use the 9-18 as my main landscape lens.


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