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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 resolution comparison

  To measure and compare the Leica D 14-50mm's resolving power we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival lens and body combinations, using each camera's best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

We tested the Leica D 14-50mm with the Olympus E-410, E-400 and Panasonic Lumix L1 at a focal length of 25mm and at every aperture setting. The sharpest results were found at apertures between f5.6 and f8.

The best overall result for the Leica lens here was with it mounted on the Olympus E-410 where it delivered an impressive 2200 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution. This is fractionally above what you'd get with the E-410's ED 14-42mm kit lens, and we believe close to the E-410's maximum resolving power.

It's also interesting to see the E-410 delivering a slightly better result with the Leica lens than it did mounted on the E-400. Both bodies share 10 megapixel resolution, but employ different sensors, and the result here backs up the figures in our E-410 review where it also scored slightly higher than its predecessor when fitted with the same kit lens.

Either way, the results here illustrate the Leica D 14-50mm lens is capable of bringing out the best of the latest Four Thirds bodies.

Olympus E-410 using Leica 14-50mm
Olympus E-410 using ZD 14-42mm ED
2200 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2150 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO

Olympus E-400 using Leica 14-50mm
 
Panasonic Lumix L1 using Leica 14-50mm
2100 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
1900 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO


Olympus E-410 using Leica 14-50mm
Olympus E-410 using ZD 14-42mm ED
2200 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2150 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO

Olympus E-400 using Leica 14-50mm
 
Panasonic Lumix L1 using Leica 14-50mm
2100 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
1950 lpph, 14-50mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO

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

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

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