A Bunch of Lenses Compared


Probably Not Walter Kernow
Apr 4, 2010
Just because its nice to have them all in one place. Hope people find it useful.

The are all handheld, aperture priority, auto-iso, manual focus for adapted and auto for native lenses on my ep1. Wide open and at f8.0 for comparison. Fairly gusty day so the light varied a lot as the clouds blew by. These were RAW into iPhoto then high-quality JPEG to Picassa (scaled).

Olympus Zuiko OM f1.4 50mm and f8
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Olympus Zuiko Pen f1.4 40mm and f8
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Nikon Nikkor f1.4 50mm and f8
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Leica Elmar f4 90mm and f8 (Screw Mount)
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Voigtlander Skopar f2.5 35mm and f8 (Screw Mount)
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Pentax SMC f1.7 50mm and f8
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Olympus Zuiko m43 f3.5 14-42mm and f8 @ 14mm
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Olympus Zuiko m43 f5.6 14-42mm and f8 @ 42mm
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Olympus Zuiko m43 f2.8 17mm and f8
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Panasonic m43 f1.7 20mm and f8
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Olympus Zuiko OM f3.5 28mm and f8
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Olympus Zuiko OM f3.5 135mm and f8
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Nobody in particular ...
Aug 6, 2010
Richmond, VA
Real Name
Richard Elliott
I'll be happy to contribute - send me the ale, the beer and the book so I can shoot the same subjects.


Mu-43 Regular
Nov 12, 2010
i hope you have enough to share with the class. these comparisons are very useful.


Probably Not Walter Kernow
Apr 4, 2010
Thanks for the feedback !

I forgot to add that if I had the time I should have done a crop on the book for each lens - it becomes very apparent how much better the native lenses are in terms of sharpness as you start pixel-peeping. That said, each adapted lens lends a character to each image that transcends the magnifying glass (or maybe its just too much Speckled Hen . . .)

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