Rank Oly lenses in terms of sharpness

Started May 5, 2014 | Questions thread
Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
Re: Rank Oly lenses in terms of sharpness

Ollie 2 wrote:

Pic Man wrote:

According to DXO:

1. Olympus 75mm 1.8 is top

2. Then equal second is the pan leica 25mm and panasonic 20mm

3. olympus 12mm f2, 60mm macro, sigma 60mm f2.8 and panasonic 35-100 f2.8 zoom

4. olympus 45mm 1.8, oly 12-40 f2.8, pan 12-35 f2.8, pan 7-14 f4

These were all tested on the EM1,

The new pan leica 42.5 f1.2 and 15mm f1.7 have also been tested but not on the EM1. They were tested on the EM5.

The 42.5 is sharper than the olympus 75mm 13mpx over 12mpx.

The 15mm has the same sharpness as the pan leica 25 and panasonic 20mm.

These are just sharpness results.

Edit: sorry just read your title again and you wanted just Oly lenses. Not sure why but I suppose you can filter out the other lenses mentioned.

That’s interesting. Though I’m not as obsessed with “sharpness” like so many here seem to be I’m surprised that the 12mm prime is considered sharper than the 12-40mm given the fawning praise (possibly worthy) that this lens has produced from so many.

A lot of people sing the praises of the 12-40 mostly because it's still new and shiny.

The 12-40 F/2.8 gets a lot of praise because it covers so much territory... 24-80mm and is still sharp and reasonably fast without many of the typical flaws you see in a zoom compared to a prime. For those who already have the 12-40 it's hard for them to justify why they need the 12 as its a lens that is already covered by their zoom which is understandable.

On the other hand, for someone like myself who already had the 14-42 II R it goes the other way, I find it hard to justify why I should spend $1000 to justify a lens that I already have, so I bought the 12-2 and will probably buy either the 7-14 or 40-150 next. For me it's about justifying what little spending money I have to get the most out of my kit and in that sense the 12-40 doesn't justify itself as anything more than a lens dupe.

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