Zeiss 16-70 and Canon 18-55 STM reviewed on EPZ

Started Apr 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
tomtom50 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,244
Re: Zeiss 16-70 and Canon 18-55 STM reviewed on EPZ
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wadia13 wrote:

Ephotozine reviewed the Canon kit lens on a Canon 600D and the Zeiss 16-70 on a NEX7. Despite the NEX7 having a higher pixel count sensor, the MTF charts for both indicate its a very tight contest with Zeiss being a bit better on the long end. EPZ gave Canon 4.5 stars and Zeiss 3.5 stars in the 'performance' category.

But the issue is the Zeiss costs at least 5 times more than the Canon kit lens. Of course this isn't the whole picture and its 2 totally different systems but it's still revealing. See links below. I don't mean to criticize any lens here or offend any fanboys/girls in any camp. Just thought it was interesting to read both reviews side by side.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/carl-zeiss-vario-tessar-e-16-70mm-f-4-za-oss-t--review-24059

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/canon-ef-s-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6-is-stm-review-22124

The Canon kit zooms are really good and that is nothing new. Photozone also gave the 18-55 STM a terrific review.

That expensive is not always best is nothing new either. In the Nex world perhaps the sharpest APS-C E-mount lenses are the $230 60mm Sigma and the $299 Sony 50mm f1.8.

Canon's own mirrorless camera, the EOS-M, has excellent lenses. The EF-M 18-55 is just about as good as the DSLR version. But Canon has only brought out three EF-M lenses, and no EF-M body has an EVF or even an EVF socket.

It is too bad that a company that makes such excellent lenses doesn't bother to really compete with Nex (or m43 or NX or even Nikon 1) in mirrorless. They could make a great mirrorless system if they took the trouble.

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