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Old 23rd May 2014
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Re: Advice re wide angle for M4/3 wanted please.

Originally Posted by PeterBirder View Post
The performance of most zoom lenses falls off at the "long end" due to the design compromises that have to be made compared to a prime. The 14-42mm EZ is a pancake design which I suspect introduces further compromises. The 45mm is, IMHO the jewel in the Oly m4/3 lens crown as a "budget" lens that performs like a high grade lens so comparing this with the EZ 14-42 at its weakest focal length is probably not a meaningful comparison.

I use the 12-50mm which I find quite acceptable at 12mm for my needs. It does suffer from some barrel distortion but if you shoot JPEGs I believe the E-M10 corrects this automatically. If you shoot raw (as I do) this can be corrected in raw conversion software (I use DxO Optics Pro which also does this automatically).

As Paul says if you want the best wide angle performance it costs ( some pretty exotic lens shapes are needed to get good wide angle performance). You could hire a 12-50mm from the group hire service to evaluate it for your needs and you will be able to claim a discount If you subsequently purchase one within a certain period.

Thanks, that's interesting. So based on this is the kit not 'that bad' at the wide end then? I did do a sample test at 20mm against my 20mm f1.7 and whilst the 20mm f1.7 was noticeably better SOOC, by the time I'd PP'd both in lightroom there wasn't that much in it.
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