small test between pana 14 mm and oly 9-18

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Plimsol, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Plimsol

    Plimsol Mu-43 Regular

    112
    Mar 29, 2010
    Belgium, Antwerp
    did a small test between de Pana and the Oly.
    Daylight, 250 Iso, NO corrections, straight out EP-2.
    All on tripod, NR Off
    Both lenses with lens-hood on.

    1. 14mm 4.5
    14mm%204.5.

    2. 14mm 8.0
    14mm%208.0.

    3. 9-18mm 4.9
    9-18%204.9.

    4. 9-18mm 8.0
    9-18%208.0.

    RAW files here:
    Index of /Plimsol/lens test


    grtz
    Jean
     
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  2. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    Recalling how much I enjoyed the 9-18mm, and knowing how much better a prime lens SHOULD be, and considering the 9-18mm is probably barely the size of 2 14mm stacked on one another, I'd have to say that 14mm is the loser in this contest.

    I'm guessing it would do better with corrections (which aren't available on the Oly if I recall?). Even if they do correct it rather well in-camera, something just bothers me about that, especially at the premiums they charge for those small primes.
     
  3. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    That Olympus 9-18 is very impressive, I may have to get one.
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The Oly is a great zoom, but I think the Panasonic prime would show it's worth in a photo with more shallow depth of field or in a large print.

    Below is a 100% center crop from the f/4.5 and f/4.9 RAW files you made available, opened in Lightroom with no changes to default settings. As you can see, the prime (on the left) shows a bit better detail and to my eye a more pleasing out of focus rendition.

    5644252462_1dff2a4b00_o.
     
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  5. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I have always been impressed with images from the zoom, but I would agree with your observation.

    The 14 is on my shortlist.
     
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  6. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Received both the 14/2.5 and m9-18 today! I was SUPER impressed with the size of both lenses. The 14 is TINY!!! Easily the tiniest AF lens I've ever came across. I think it might be even smaller than the Pentax DA40. Definitely lighter given that the DA40 is metal. The m9-18 is super small too!!! It's amazingly small for a superwide zoom lens. Will likely not keep both, but I guess I need to use them for a while to see if I keep one or both or none. Super impressed so far. :)
     
  7. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    My 14 arrived last week. I was influenced by Amin's comments and photographs and don't regret the purchase. The focus is incredibly quick on my GF1. On a GH2 I bet it's virtually instantaneous.

    I have just taken the usual test shots etc so far, but really enjoy the added angle over my 20. It's a great, sharp lens.
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Any comparisons between the Pany at f/2.5 and the Oly at f/2.5?
    G
     
  9. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    The max aperture of the Oly is f4 at 9mm. The max aperture is f4.9 at 14mm.
     
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Ohhh ...
     
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  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Maybe that was the point of the question?
     
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    I'm confused now!
     
  13. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    If you need f/2.5, the 9-18 ain't gonna cut it. Better to have a distorted image full of CA than none at all.

    I will say, B20 I was one of those guys who said "yeah. whatever, fast lens blah blah blah".

    Now A20, I'm all about the big apertures. Definitely the way to increase low light capability.

    (B20 = Before Panny 20/1.7 experience, A20 = after) :)