Direct comparison Oly 12-40mmF2.8 with Oly 12-50mmF3.5-6.3?

Started Feb 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
Paul De Bra
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The 12-50 is like looking through fog or dirty glasses.

The first pair of images shows it most clearly. It is a combination of sharpness and contrast that makes the 12-40 image look "clear" and the 12-50 makes me twist and turn my head to find a sharper image through my varifocal glasses.

With some added contrast and sharpening the 12-50 images can be made to look better, I'm sure, but that of course comes at the expense of also bringing out more noise.

I do not regret spending the money to replace the 12-50 by the 12-40 at all. After the first few sets of images I took with the 12-40 I had to change my post-processing routine to reduce the sharpening because the images became oversharpened. (With the 12-50 they still did not look sharp enough.)

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