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Olympus E-400 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ED Gordon Laing, November 2006

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/ Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Olympus E-400 wide-angle geometry comparison

Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm wide angle geometry test  

To measure and compare the Olympus E-400's kit lens geometric distortion we photographed a test chart consisting of a grid pattern, using it and a number of rival models.

Here are the results for each camera with their kit lenses at their widest focal length; where possible, the aperture was closed.

The images were analysed with Imatest using 5th Order line calculation and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution.

14-42mm at 14mm f8
Distortion: 2.97% barrel

 
The image above was taken with the Olympus E-400 using the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm kit lens zoomed-out to 14mm. Barrel distortion was measured at 2.97% which is superior to both the Canon and Olympus E-500 kit lenses, although slightly below the Leica 15-50mm.

Canon 400D / XTi
Using EF-S 18-55mm
Olympus E-500
Using ZD 14-45mm
Panasonic L1
Using Leica 14-50mm
Canon 400D with 18-55mm wide angle geometry test
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm wide angle geometry test
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm wide angle geometry test
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f8
Distortion: 3.35% barrel
  14-45mm at 14mm f8
Distortion: 3.28% barrel
  14-50mm at 14mm f8
Distortion: 2.80% barrel



Olympus E-400 telephoto geometry comparison

Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm telephoto geometry test  

To measure and compare the Olympus E-400's kit lens geometric distortion we photographed a test chart consisting of a grid pattern, using it and a number of rival models.

Here are the results for each camera with their kit lenses at their longest focal length; where possible, the aperture was closed.

The images were analysed with Imatest using 5th Order line calculation and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution.

14-42mm at 42mm f8
Distortion: 0.21% barrel
 
The image above was taken with the Olympus E-400 using the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm kit lens zoomed-in to 42mm. Interestingly while most lenses of this focal range exhibit pincushion distortion when zoomed-in, the Olympus 14-42mm exhibits slight barrelling instead; similarly the Leica 14-50mm barrels when zoomed-in too. In terms of the degree of distortion though, the Olympus 14-42mm is still lower than the Canon and the E-500's kit lenses, although once again the Leica lens shows the least distortion.

Canon 400D / XTi
Using EF-S 18-55mm
Olympus E-500
Using ZD 14-45mm
Panasonic L1
Using Leica 14-50mm
Canon 400D with 18-55mm telephoto geometry test
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm telephoto geometry test
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm telephoto geometry test
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
Distortion: 0.389% pincushion
  14-45mm at 45mm f8
Distortion: 0.48% pincushion
  14-50mm at 50mm f8
Distortion: 0.14% barrel

Olympus E-400 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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