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Sharpest lens for m43

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Vyeow, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Vyeow

    Vyeow Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 23, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi.. Just wanted to find out your opinions on the sharpest lens currently available for m43.
    Im currently using the pana 25mm 1.4 ..
    Is there something else im missing out on?
    Any recommendations for a good zoom lens too? Currently using oly 12-50mm
  2. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    People like the 45 1.8, not sure of its the sharpest lens. As for zooms, I think the 12-50 is probably the best new lens available, the 14-45 Panasonics are supposed to pretty good but you would have to buy used.
  3. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Lenstip reviewed most of the m43 lenses. If you are looking for sharp, the sharpest they tested is the PL45 macro.
  4. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    oh you got the 25mm 1.4 it's already a very sharp lens.

    i will consider the 45mm 2.8 macro as one of the sharpest m43 lenses out there. Consider also the much-loved 45mm 1.8 Olympus for your short telephoto needs.

  5. Vyeow

    Vyeow Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 23, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thanka for the feedback.. Have heard rumors of the pana 35-100mm 2.8 so hope something like that comes to fruition..
  6. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Out of the quality native lenses I've used (Lumix 7-14mm, Lumix 14mm, Lumix 20mm, CV 25mm, m.Zuiko 45mm), the Voigtlander Nokton 25/f0.95 is the sharpest across most of the frame (extreme corners excluded).

    I haven't had the chance to use the PL 25mm though, and to be honest I can't imagine you're going to get much, if any, sharper than that.
  7. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    PL45 is ridiculously sharp, but it kind of has to be to be an effective macro. Most lenses are sharp enough - of all the ones I tried, I never thought to myself "gee, I wish this were sharper" - even with the wretched kit lenses. The bokeh and character is what really makes the image for me, and the PL45 is awesome in that arena.
  8. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    The Oly 45 is extremely sharp, but I imagine the PL45 is better still, as macros typically are. The only lenses I feel are soft are the Panasonic telephotos I've tried (14-140, 45-200) and even then it may well be a technique problem. I'm typically shooting handheld and IS can only do so much...
  9. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    This! The 12 and the 20 are both great lenses (they're my only two primes), and the 14-42 II that I have is plenty sharp in the vast majority of cases. PL45 is quantitatively the sharpest lens that I've seen tested, but you can't go wrong with any of the primes, and I haven't heard horror stories about anything (although I'm a bit wary of this upcomingTokina Mirror lens...)
  10. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    I agree, the 12 and 20 are my most used lenes.
    The 45 is also very good, just a little long some times for me.
  11. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I find my 20mm and oly 45mm both sharper than my pl25
  12. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    There are no sharp lenses for Micro Four-Thirds. They are all round.
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  13. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    I almost cut myself on the Voigtlander after I dropped it a few times
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