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Leica D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 lens review Gordon Laing, June 2007

More Results : Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Leica D 14-50mm corner sharpness

  To compare the corner sharpness of the Leica D 14-50mm, we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a variety of other lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths, and with various apertures in Aperture Priority mode.

The cameras used for testing each lens were set to their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings. The crops are taken from the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

The Leica D 14-50mm exhibits a little fringing in the extreme corners at wide angle and some light fall-off at its full f2.8 aperture, but the results are still quite sharp, especially compared to the older Zuiko Digital 14-45mm kit lens at 14mm f3.5.

Zoom into telephoto and the Leica D 14-50mm performs very well in the corners even with the aperture wide open. It is noticeably sharper than the latest Zuiko Digital kit lens when fully opened, where it also has the advantage of being over one stop brighter. A great result here for the Leica lens.

Note: crop details taken from the same chart which appear smaller here are due to them being captured with lower resolution cameras and / or a lens which couldn't focus as close to the chart. In each case though, the crop still represents the extreme left corner of each camera's frame.


Leica D 14-50mm
with Olympus E-410
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm
with Olympus E-400
Olympus ZD 14-45mm
with Olympus E-500
Leica D 14-50mm
with Panasonic L1
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 14mm f2.8
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 14mm f3.5
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 14mm f3.5
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 14mm f2.8
14-50mm at 14mm f2.8
14-42mm at 14mm f3.5
14-45mm at 14mm f3.5
14-50mm at 14mm f2.8
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 14mm f8
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 14mm f8
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 14mm f8
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 14mm f8
14-50mm at 14mm f8
14-42mm at 14mm f8
14-45mm at 14mm f8
14-50mm at 14mm f8
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 14mm f16
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 14mm f16
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 14mm f16
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 14mm f16
14-50mm at 14mm f16
14-42mm at 14mm f16
14-45mm at 14mm f16
14-50mm at 14mm f16
             
Leica D 14-50mm
with Olympus E-410
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm
with Olympus E-400
Olympus ZD 14-45mm
with Olympus E-500
Leica D 14-50mm
with Panasonic L1
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 50mm f3.5
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 42mm f5.6
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 45mm f5.6
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 50mm f3.5
14-50mm at 50mm f3.5
14-42mm at 42mm f5.6
14-45mm at 45mm f5.6
14-50mm at 50mm f3.5
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 50mm f8
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 42mm f8
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 45mm f8
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 50mm f8
14-50mm at 50mm f8
14-42mm at 42mm f8
14-45mm at 45mm f8
14-50mm at 50mm f8
Leica D 14-50mm with Olympus E-410 at 50mm f16
Olympus ZD ED 14-42mm with Olympus E-400 at 42mm f16
Olympus ZD ED 14-45mm with Olympus E-500 at 45mm f16
Leica D 14-50mm with Panasonic L1 at 50mm f16
14-50mm at 50mm f16
14-42mm at 42mm f16
14-45mm at 45mm f16
14-50mm at 50mm f16

Leica D Vario Elmarit 14-50mm lens results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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