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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:14 am 
Ever wondered which lens is the best?
Below is a list of the 15 lenses with the best optical quality(sharpness/distortions/resolution etc.) Price and build quality isn't considered.I didn't make the list, it came from 2 professional test labs(I trust their credibility):
1.Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
2.Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
3.Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical
4.Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
5.Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
6.Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro
7.Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
8.Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
9.Sony Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA
10.Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
11.Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Canon
12.Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
13.Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
14.Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
15.Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:40 am 
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Got a link or reference to how they test? For example, #3 while very sharp is also very high distortion.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:28 am 
You forgot the Zeiss 100mm F2.0 macro,the sharpest lens in that range.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:07 pm 
I thought it would be inappropriate advertising other sites, but since you want to see for yourself here are the links: www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lens-with-Cam ... ric-Scores

www.photozone.de


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:31 pm 
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So I got the 4rth sharpest lens? Great to hear, but Im not that sure that it's true though...
Great news too about the Samyang!

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While links to some other sites are discouraged, I'm not aware of either of these being so.

The list in the 1st post, at first glance, looks like the DxO rating on resolution with body duplication removed? Where does photozone fit in this?

So it would only rate on however DxO score resolution, and does not factor in distortion as suspected as soon as saw the Samyang in there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:38 pm 
Olympus-Zuiko 12-60


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:49 pm 
Just my personal opinion: the lenses are not all tested on the same body, which makes the results very debatable.

Photozone mentions not to compare results across systems (even if the camera resolution is roughly the same). This is because of different AA filters in front of the sensors and different image processing overall.

Still, I cannot see how it helps knowing that the Canon 85mm f/1.8 when set at f/5.6 (sweet-spot) is sharper than the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS when set at 200mm and f/5.6 (again sweet-spot). The two lenses obviously were created with different purposes in mind - not to mention the former costs under a third of the latter and also weighs much less.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:27 pm 
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Then you have to open up the debate to all legacy lenses, some of which are not currently manufactured, and some mounts which have since ceased - where would some of their best rank on this list?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:36 am 
@ Popo
I didn't want to duplicate the results with the same lens. It would have no point if i wrote the second and third and forth place go to the same lens.
There are two tabs to chose from, based on their opinion and the optical metric scores.
Photozone haven't ranked the lenses but I compared the test results on both site which came out to be roughly the same.
As I said I didn't make the testing, so don't take it for granted.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:35 am 
The problem with Olympus lenses is that their performance is limited by cameras with small sensors.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:47 am 
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Interestingly enough, the Canon L series lenses are not top of the tests. But were these even tested?

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the lenses are not all tested on the same body, which makes the results very debatable


Absolutely.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:58 am 
well,nobody said the L lenses were optically the best...there are about 3 or 4 L lenses that shine. I mean,try comparing the 100mm F/2.8 macro versus the Zeiss 100 macro F2 & you'll see what I mean.


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The Zeiss is £1500 on average, the price of an L lens.

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Interesting read but I have to agree that the verdicts are contentious. You can't have a conclusive result in a test or experiment if there are no constants such as using the same body.

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