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    Post ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Hello everyone,

    I just did a test using both lenses on the E-5
    14-54mm is several years old, been bought along with E-1, but still works flawlessly and is mechanicaly as new, great feat for a lens which has been used exclusively by a friend who bought E-1 at the time.

    Tripod mounted, no mirror lockup, custom WB, default ACR conversion (no additional sharpening applied, distance cca 1.5 meters).

    I shot in Manual mode, but with + 1 EV in order to see how different lenses perform in regards to light meter sensitivity and transmission.
    Interesting fact - despite having the same aperture value, 14-54mm regularly required +1/3 EV more exposure, and even then it got less bright image.

    These are just synthetic tests, I'll do more real life comparison tomorrow during the day.

    25mm, center crops



    35mm, center crops



    14mm, corner crops



    35mm, corner crops
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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Thanks! Impressive difference in the 14m corner crops. Not sure it's worth an extra $1,700 to me as a hobbiest though
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    Default ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm & close focusing?

    Marin,

    Interesting test results. The 35 mm crops show the 14-35 is sharper, with more resolution than the 14-54, which we already knew.

    Just today I was wondering why the 14-35 mm f/2 lens can't focus as closely as the 14-54. I love the sharpness of the 14-35 over the 14-54 for people and architecture. But I will be using the 14-54 for wildflower shots and leaving the 14-35 mm at home next weekend when I go out to Joshua Tree National Park. (The 50 mm f/2 lens is the champ of macro but I also like walking about with the wide zoom.)

    So can anyone tell me why the 14-35 mm lens does not focus as close as the 14-54 mm lens? Thanks.
    Dave in So Cal

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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Hi Dave,
    I think it has to do with intended purpose of the lens - the more specialized the lens is, the better it is at what it does basically.

    Most consumer lenses are versatile, but not the best at ultimate IQ.
    For example, you've got 14-54mm and 12-60mm which are excellent and do semi-macro well, plus 12-60 has nice wide angle and wide zoom range, but 14-35mm is simply better at it's intended use and range.

    Similarly, for 70-300mm - it's a long tele-zoom, decent macro, but 90-250 is a much better tele lens
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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Quote Originally Posted by olddigiman View Post
    Thanks! Impressive difference in the 14m corner crops. Not sure it's worth an extra $1,700 to me as a hobbiest though
    I never thought that the sharpness was what they charge the money for. The nicer feature of the 14-35 is the constant f2.0 (at least in my mind).
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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Quote Originally Posted by okla View Post
    I never thought that the sharpness was what they charge the money for. The nicer feature of the 14-35 is the constant f2.0 (at least in my mind).
    Absolutely.
    People who don't want or need f2-2.8, should get 14-54 or 12-60 over 14-35mm just on the account of price difference.

    Yes, there's image quality difference and 14-35 has pretty much perfect optical performance, but 14-54mm and 12-60 are very good lenses too.
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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    At 35mm f/5.6, this is a sweet spot for the 14-54. Almost can't tell the difference in the center crops.

    The old 14-54 is a workhorse and for the money can't be beat. I can't even justify upgrading to the 12-60.

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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    My favorite aspect of using the 14-35 is the minimal distortion compared with the others in that range. I got my first chance to do a portrait shoot with it last weekend and there are no misshaped features in the corners of close-ups, which used to drive me mad with the 14-50mm Leica (v1).

    That, the sharpness, and its speed make it worth the extra dough to this hobbyist.
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    Default Re: ZD 14-54mm vs ZD 14-35mm test

    Hi Mar,

    very revealing comparison, even if it is a pixel peeping excercise.

    I have held back getting the 14-35/2.0 much because of the frequent complaints about its inability to focus fast, swiftly, and correctly with the E-3.

    I see that several here have the lens and the E-5 so I wonder if Olympus remedied this issue with the E-5?

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    Default Focusing with the E-3 and 14-35mm lens

    Quote Originally Posted by jebir View Post
    Hi Mar,

    very revealing comparison, even if it is a pixel peeping excercise.

    I have held back getting the 14-35/2.0 much because of the frequent complaints about its inability to focus fast, swiftly, and correctly with the E-3.

    I see that several here have the lens and the E-5 so I wonder if Olympus remedied this issue with the E-5?

    Cheers, Jens.
    Hi Jens,

    I'm using the 14-35 mm f/2 on the E-3. I shot a 60th birthday party last weekend and had no problems focusing in sunlight, in low light and in a dark room later in the evening. I got 99% keepers as far as focus was concerned. The only errors were user errors, when I aimed the focus spot between my subjects, on the background.

    I was using the FL-50 flash on the FP-1 flash bracket and probably had the focus light on with the FL-50.

    I'm sure this lens is sharper on the E-5 with higher resolution and the better AA filter.
    Dave in So Cal

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