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  • 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

    I recently purchased a 14mm f 2,5 to use on the M5 to make it a walk about pocketable camera ...But its so soft its not usable. Would a change to the 17mm f2.8 improve things significantly. Its certainly not as sharp as the 15mm f8 lens cap I sold !!
    Retirement cut backs.. D7200 with 18-140, D850 with N 28-300, Samyang 14mm Tamy 100-400 + Nikon 200-500mm
    Holiday cam .... Olympus OMD M5 + 14mm Panasonic .

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    Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

    The Panasonic 14mm soft?!?

    It must be a really bad copy.
    I used to have both the Zuiko 17mm and Lumix 14mm; even though I preferred the 17mm focal length I ended up using the 14mm more because the AF was faster.

    I certainly hadn't noticed significant softness on the 14mm; true, best f was 4 but it was reasonably sharp @ f/2.5 too.

    If you purchased it new maybe you should replace it under warranty.
    After breaking through the technology barrier,
    you run into the barrier of accepted wisdom.
    -Yoshihisa Maitani

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      Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

      Thanks for the fast reply..Will do some more tests and try to come to a conclusion.
      Retirement cut backs.. D7200 with 18-140, D850 with N 28-300, Samyang 14mm Tamy 100-400 + Nikon 200-500mm
      Holiday cam .... Olympus OMD M5 + 14mm Panasonic .

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        Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

        Originally posted by Pistnbroke View Post
        Thanks for the fast reply..Will do some more tests and try to come to a conclusion.
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        • #5
          Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

          A picture paints a thousand words.
          Paul
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            Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

            I am sure this will make you all very happy ..I stuffed up. Its a long time since I used the camera ..it was overcast and late in the afternoon. I had forgotten how bad the low light performance is compared to my other kit and the shutter speed dropped too low to freeze the slight motion in the shot . Re tested in the sunlight and the pic was sharp.
            Retirement cut backs.. D7200 with 18-140, D850 with N 28-300, Samyang 14mm Tamy 100-400 + Nikon 200-500mm
            Holiday cam .... Olympus OMD M5 + 14mm Panasonic .

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              Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

              Originally posted by Pistnbroke View Post
              I am sure this will make you all very happy ..I stuffed up. Its a long time since I used the camera ..it was overcast and late in the afternoon. I had forgotten how bad the low light performance is compared to my other kit and the shutter speed dropped too low to freeze the slight motion in the shot . Re tested in the sunlight and the pic was sharp.
              It doesn't make me happy that you stuffed up, I do it all the time. At least you have held your hands up to the flaw in this particular test and I hope the lens continues to perform to your satisfaction.
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                Re: 14 mm 2.5 or 17mm 2.8

                Originally posted by Pistnbroke View Post
                I had forgotten how bad the low light performance is compared to my other kit
                What's that about tools and the workman?
                Paul
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