Anyone tested 18-55 kit vs. 35mm prime?

Started Feb 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP WT21 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,023
Re: Yes, I have both...

Bernie Ess wrote:

I do not have my samples at hand right now, but I have both lenses and the difference is not like an excellent lens (the 35/1,4) against a very bad one, but it is quite visible. The prime is quite a bit sharper and of course brighter by 2,5 stops.


WT21 wrote:

Photozone is showing the kit at 35mm/5.6 has same resolution as the 18-55 at 35mm 5.6. And also similar prime-like performance to the other primes (when stopped down, given that the kit can't open as wide)

I accepted this at first, but the more I think about it, the harder I find it to believe. I know this is a very well-built kit, but I'm wondering if anyone has really worked out the 18-55 and the 35 together, and compared.

Looking for some feedback/thoughts.

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Thanks Bernie,

Yeah, the brightness I get, and maybe the bokeh would be better. If you get a chance to look at sharpness, that'd be great!

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