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

Started Feb 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
richarddd Veteran Member • Posts: 3,091
Re: Just done my own first quick test - observations

DonSC wrote:

richarddd wrote:

Would you please post comparative pictures to show the difference in angle of view between the 12-50 and 12-40 at 12? Without knowing how wide your bookshelf and books are, it's a bit difficult to visualize.

Am I reading correctly that the 12-40 is considerably sharper than the 12-50 at the edges and somewhat less sharper in the center, although in all cases the difference in easily visible? Again, it would be great if you could post comparative photos.

One nice thing about the 12-50 is its macro mode. How's the 12-40 for close focusing? A large part of my close-focusing photography is of flowers.

Didn't shoot bookcases or books but this should give you an idea. Basically not a huge deal:

Even from those thumbnails the difference in both sharpness and detail should be obvious. It's just more obvious in the RAW files. It's sharper in the center, at the edges, and everywhere in between.

The 12-40 doesn't have a macro mode but the minimum focusing distance is a quite short distance so it's a reasonable substitute.

I have the 12-50 but the 12-40 is just way better in just about all ways.

As you say, not a big deal.

This thread is starting to remind of the motto of a prominent headphone site: welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet.

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