DxOMark Olympus 75mm Review

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by fljoe, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. fljoe

    fljoe Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Interesting, but, in the end, the conclusion is that the system doesn't stand up to a larger Nikon. No respect for :43:. :biggrin:
  3. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
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    The way they do the lens with the sensor is kinda silly to me :)
    Cause it makes any lens on a D800 better ? Yet in reailty I think it just shows more of the problems
    Dxo might be ok for sensors but the lens tests are worthless overall :)
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  4. vcs700s

    vcs700s Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 9, 2013
    Love my 75 1.8. Worth every penny!
  5. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
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    A sharp lens on a 16MP sensor in a $1200.00 (when released) camera doesn't resolve as many lines as a sharp lens on a 24MP sensor in a $7000.00 (when released) body.


    DXO just won this weeks award for stating the bleeding obvious.

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  6. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Typical DxO. Great software. Good data. Fairly useless real-world conclusions.
  7. Leif

    Leif Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2012
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    And they still test M43 Lenses on a GH2 instead of an OM-D or other camera with the new Sony sensor.
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
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    There's still this bias (conscious or unconscious) toward :43: even though the sensor quality has improved and most of the new lenses are excellent. :rolleyes:
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  9. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I agree Bob.. But do we need DXO's approval to know that MFT has finally arrived ? I think proof of the pudding is in eating and I dont think anyone else eats more MFT puddings than members of this forum . Oly 75 mm 1.8 is the SHARPEST PORTRAIT lens of digital era across all formats and doesnt matter what DXO says .
  10. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
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    Jerry Jackson Jr
    I'm a multi-system user and have both the Nikon 85mm 1.8G for my Nikon DSLRs and the Olympus 75mm 1.8 for my Pen and OM-D cameras. I also have experience using the Canon 85mm 1.2 on my Canon gear (although I don't own that lens anymore since I'm down to a minimal Canon kit). I think direct comparisons between these lenses are VERY difficult but it's normal to want to compare these lenses and talk about which is better.

    That said, I honestly don't agree with the comments on the Dx0Mark site that the Olympus 75mm is "not in the same league as" the Nikon 85mm 1.8G. In fact, the only aspect where I'd say the Nikon lens has an advantage is in shallow DOF (which has do do with the sensor size more than the lens). I don't do much side-by-side comparison shooting with my gear, but based on a random sampling of shots I've taken with the Oly 75mm and Nikon 85mm I wouldn't say the 85mm is the superior lens. That said, I also wouldn't say the 75mm blows away the 85mm.

    Different strokes for different folks.

    Olympus 75mm 1.8:

    Nikon 85mm 1.8:
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  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    DXO ratings are weird. I've used the Nikon 85mm 1.8 G and own the 75mm 1.8 and both are great lenses. But they're comparing apples to oranges! I returned the 85 and kept the 75! The 75 is much more fun lens to use, is built better/compact and looks cooler!

    I actually shot both and adapted the 85 G to the OM-D, can you tell the difference?


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  12. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Second photo is the 75?
  13. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    Interesting seeing both lenses on the E-M5. DXO used the 85 on a DX3.
  14. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    The second "looks" better to me Jonathan F/2
  15. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    # 2 is the 75mm! Saying that, the 85 1.8 G was actually pretty sharp wide open on the OM-D. Though it was a pain to manual focus. :wink:
  16. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Bokeh gave it away in #2. I have and love the lens and know it reasonably well in a short time. #1's blur effect is smooth even as the lawn comes closer to the subject.
  17. atomic

    atomic Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    I like #2 better, but I think that has more to do with the background being blurred than the lens quality. The only time I tend to use autofocus is when I'm short on time. It's a nice feature, but I actually enjoy focusing, even with the focus by wire lenses of today.