Is the Panasonic 14-45 the best "kit" zoom?

Started Apr 17, 2014 | Questions thread
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s_grins Forum Pro • Posts: 11,401
Re: Some Sort of Comparison.

Anders W wrote:

eques wrote:

Anders W wrote:

s_grins wrote:

I guess I know what went wrong:

OIS was "ON"

That wouldn't be my guess. The OIS of the 14-45 performs very well in my experience.

I went and took the same series again, but with 14-45 I got nearer to the subject to give it the same chances when comparing to the 50mm Minolta.

Yes, s_grins, OIS was "ON", now I tried both with OIS on and off and I can see no difference. And still, the Minolta is better.
Perhaps I should have tried MF? But then, I use the 14-45 with AF 99% of the time, so I think, it is more realistic this way.

If so, then I am afraid your 14-45 is not quite in order. As I hope/think you can see from the image I posted, a healthy copy of the 14-45 can do significantly better at 45 than your sample shows.

Wide open at f/5.6, where my sample was shot, the lens already does nicely except at the edges/corners. And if you stop it down just a little bit (as I should have done for the image I showed; I accidentally shot at f/5.6 rather than at f/8 or so), it will improve significantly towards the edges.

Well, I do not do comparisons.

Below you can se 2 shots taken far apart, but in some ways similar: same lens, same situation, same hands. First shot is IS on, and second IS off. Second shot looks more sharp to my eyes.

I know that FL is different, and Fstop is different, and S speed is different, but, again, I'm not a comparisons man

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