Comparing sharpness of 16-80 to other lenses

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OP decaf14 Regular Member • Posts: 234
Re: there is more in a lens than sharpness


I agree that there is more to a lens than sharpness. I don't think you would be wise to purchase a lens based only on MTF charts. Confounding factors can also affect the perceived sharpness of a lens. Most notably, field curvature can make a lens appear sharper or less sharp than it actually is.

However, I think that MTF curves are the easiest way to establish the sharpness of a lens. If we are making a comparison, we need an objective metric to establish relativity.

In my opinion, sharpness is the most interesting and appealing metric of a modern lens. I haven't purchased a lens from Fuji that has noticeable issues with flaring. CA issues can be fixed in post with a single click. Distortion is corrected in software, but can have slight negative impacts on IQ.

Interesting that you mention autofocus. I don't know what to expect out of the 16-80 because it's missing the "LM" that the 18-135 has. I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this.

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