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OM-D 12-50 + 4/3 50-200 & Canon G1X indoor images

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by nstelemark, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    So I was reading Steve Huff's 12-50 review -

    "The little skinny misunderstood kit zoom."

    Olympus 12-50 | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

    and I decided to do some testing. All images were at ISO800 and the crop factor is 100%.

    12-50 and G1X at the long end (roughly 60mm):

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    12-50 and G1X wide open (roughly 12-15 mm):

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    50-200 and G1X (at roughly 50mm):

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    Arguably the OM-D sensor is better than the G1X, but the kit zoom in the G1X is much better than the 12-50 in the OM-D. With better glass you get better results with the OM-D, but the kit zoom wastes the potential of this camera.

    Out of the box the G1X is a better setup (focus speed and handling issues aside, although the C (my set) on the control wheel is 10 times better than the MySet menu thing).
     
  2. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    895
    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    Confusing thread
    Some clearer explanation and clarification required I think !
     
  3. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Heh sorry!

    I was shooting some test shots with the 12-50 kit lens and the OM-D vs the built in kit lens on the Canon G1X - which is 15-60 with a 1.83 crop. Sensors are similar in performance, (OM-D 16MP 4/3 vs G1X 14MP slightly larger than 4/3), and I just wanted to see the results around the house on a rainy day. The kit 12-50 certainly did not win any awards. The G1X is definitely better.

    If you put better glass on the OM-D (all I had at hand was the 50-200 2.8-3.5 4/3 Olympus) the results were better than the G1X. But, sadly, out of the box the G1X is better and cheaper. I am going to do some testing with the 9-18 zoom today if I can and I will post that too.

    Basically I am trying to decide if I want to keep the G1X as a travel camera. Certainly with the kit zoom there is no contest.
     
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Going by the samples you posted, the cameras focused in different places. Granted, I don't have particularly high expectations for the 12-50, but I'm not convinced by that test that the G1X is necessarily better, though logically it should be (easier to design a fixed lens for a specific sensor/processing).
     
  5. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Yes you are right. I updated the 60mm 12-50 shot with one in better focus. Given the aperture and the depth of field then really they both should have been in focus :rolleyes: but yes focus was an issue.
     
  6. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The focus point in the OOF and In Focus images was the same. I am surprised that the 12-50 has this problem.
     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    sorry .... not seeing any significant differences... if anything the 12-50 shots look better to my eyes.

    I have been looking around at having a 'travel' camera... but everything that has a largish sensor ends up the same size as an OMD and nowhere near as fun to use

    RX-100 might tempt me... but to be honest the OMD does the job for me.

    and I have always found the 12-50 a perfectly fine lens for my needs

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/sets/72157631098947086/


    K
     
  8. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Took another shot wide open which is a bit better (the G1X is more consistent) -

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  9. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Handling wise there is no contest and I have used the G1X a lot. dhazeghi was right the first shot had a different focus point. Actually OOF for the 12-50 which is odd (I checked the focus point reported). The other set I posted was better.
     
  10. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Kevin
    G1X has a faster lens. Pretty good package for travel if changing lenses isn't practical.
     
  11. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Yep. I want that lens on the omd! The g1x feels much bigger, which is ironic.