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Short lens, fast horse

Did a bit of polo shooting yesterday. Just for fun I used the Nocticron, which at 42.5mm is a little short for action shooting large horses at speed. But when it works, it is worth it.


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  1. Rather interesting article concerning M43 lenses carried over at 43rumors at the moment…

    The independent lens testing outfit, Dx0mark have published a table of results showing the best results they have achieved with a variety of lenses. This isn’t a comparison between M43 and say Canon or Nikon, but the results are still interesting. Ranked primes are:-

    1. Olympus 75mm f1.8
    2. Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2
    3. Sigma 30mm f1.4
    4. Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4
    5. Olympus 45mm f1.8
    6. Sigma 60mm f2.8

    For the zoom lenses it’s a little more complicated. The scoring breaks down contenders into 3 categories –

    Wide Angle – won by the Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f4.0 [but the Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 Pro is not included]
    Standard – won by the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro [with the Panasonic 12-35mm Lumx G X coming second]
    Telephonto – won by the Panasonic Lumix G X 35-100mm f2.8 [but the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro is not included]

    It would be very interesting to see how a slightly more comprehensive test of the telephoto zoom lenses works out, although the results of testing the primes largely confirms what you’ve been saying all along…

    1. Pleased to note that I have owned 4 out of the 6 top primes, and still own the first two. Whatever the scores, the 42.5 provides the most dramatic images at a focal length I personally find more useful. I expected the 300mm would be in there, maybe not tested?

      The zoom comparison, as you suggest, seems lacking in contenders.

      Overall, it’s wonderful that we have so much choice; and more lenses coming in 2017 (not that I am going to buy any, oh no….).

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