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    Post E-5 vs E-510 with SHG lenses (crops)

    Hello everyone,
    I just did a quick comparison between E-5 and E-510 using 7-14mm and 14-35mm in RAW.
    E-510 is claimed to be the best resolving 10MP camera Olympus made since it had lighter AA filter than E-3.

    14-35mm was shot at f4 and 7-14mm at f5.6
    Very light sharp (30/0.7/20) for E-5 vs 510 comparison and slightly stronger (45) for 7-14 vs 14-35mm on E-5 comparison.
    Tripod mounted, no mirror lockup, manually focused, similar exposures, base ISOs.
    Sun was setting, so light was relatively weak (f4 at around 1/5s).


    100% Crops (all around the frame)

    7-14mm at 7mm






    14-35mm at 14mm






    14-35mm at 14mm #2






    14-35mm vs 7-14mm at 14mm (f4 vs f5.6) on E-5




    Obviously, 7-14mm can't match 14-35mm at 14mm, but that's to be expected as 14-35mm is simply sensational.
    Besides, one buys 7-14mm for very wide angle, and not to be used at 14mm that often
    Cheers,
    Marin

    E-M5, 7.5mm fisheye, 12mm, 45mm, various flashes and misc.

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    Default Re: E-5 vs E-510 with SHG lenses (crops)

    Thanks, Marin, very interesting comparison. I have one quibble with your method, though, which is that instead of applying the same sharpening to both cameras, you should sharpen independently to get the best image you can, just as if you were preparing for printing. For example, when I switched from the E-30 to the E-5, I found I had to dial my sharpening back by 10-15 units in ACR.

    I just wish I had those lenses so I could do my own test
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    Default Re: E-5 vs E-510 with SHG lenses (crops)

    NP,
    E-5 does indeed require very little sharpening, but while more sharpening might make other models look better, question is if it will make detail stand out?
    I'm not so sure.

    In any case, I'm starting to like RawTherapee a lot for detail extraction.
    ACR has problems with moire and maze artefacts while RT seems to give a finer image.

    Here are those 2 crops with RT (I didn't touch noise, color or contrast, only detail).

    Cheers,
    Marin

    E-M5, 7.5mm fisheye, 12mm, 45mm, various flashes and misc.

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