Panasonic Nocticron v. Olympus 75mm

Started Aug 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: Panasonic Nocticron v. Olympus 75mm

jhinkey wrote:

tjdean01 wrote:

That kind of helped. Thanks. It helped until you started talking about the 75s! As for the 75, I wouldn't want the Voigt because it's slower (if I'm going to buy, I might as well get the best...or the cheapest!). The 42.5 IS the best, however. Do you use it wide open? Would I be happy with it wide open? If I need to stop down to 1.8 anyway, I'd get the 45, you know?

If you want excellent border/edge/corner sharpness at or near wide open, then the 42.5 is the way to go relative to the 45/1.8 Oly. This has been born out by my limited tests and by the lens review by Camera Labs. You definitely pay the price in size, weight, and cost - each person needs to figure out if this is worth it for them or not.

Can't comment on your own tests but those by Camera Labs should not be taken seriously as far as the performance of the 45/1.8 is concerned. Compare the corner crops they show

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Leica_DG_Nocticron_42-5mm_f1-2_H-NS043E/Leica_Nocticron_vs_Olympus_45mm.shtml

with my own here

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51486846

I have a healthy copy of the 45/1.8. Camera Labs do not and I think they should have been able to tell as much before publishing that misleading comparison.

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