Lenses for M6 mark II wide end

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filibuster
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Re: Lenses for M6 mark II wide end

Fast_Larry wrote:

The 15-45mm has gotten sort of a bad rap... I too thought it wasn't very good, but on giving it a second chance - using it and testing it quite a bit, it turns out to be a very good lens, if you have a good copy of it (mine is). In my case I was originally using it with all the lens corrections 'on' in camera, and DPP would apply them... after that I just couldn't get a good image out of it. The corrections apparently were applying all sort of who-knows what processing including oversharpening and smearing of detail correcting chromatic aberration I think, destroying a lot of the detail.

When I used it with all corrections turned off in camera, minimum sharpness settings, and using something OTHER than Canon DPP, it turns out to be an excellent performer. Sharp almost to the edges even wide open, by f5.6 - f8 uniformly excellent across the frame. About as good as my Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM at 18mm, and noticeably better than my EF-S 18-135mm IS STM around 18mm.

Here's a shot I took tonight with the EF-M 15-45mm at 17mm, at f8. Perspective corrected slightly, cropped to 16:9 plus trimmed off about 5% more off the width, downsized to 4k, Minimal sharpening on it after that. Contrast, gamma, saturation adjusted. This was a 1/8s exposure hand-held using electronic shutter, thank goodness for lens IS!!

Canon M6 Mk II, EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 at 17mm, f8, ISO 100, daylight balance, 1/8 s hand-held with IS, electronic shutter

Indeed that is a beautiful image. And what awesome hints and tips written into your paragraphs. Time to do some side by side studies of ‘with and without’ to see if my beady old eyes can detect those differences. There’s always something to do when the ground outside is under 7 cm of snow!

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