NEX-7 vs X PRO vs E-M5 28mm lens battle! Guess who wins?


The picture on top (Click on it to see the full size version!) shows an intriguing test made by DSRLcheck (Click here). It compares the JPEG quality of the very likely three new most famous mirrorless cameras at 28mm focal length. It looks like the Fuji 18mm X lens isn’t as expected. The edge probably goes to the Tamron 18-200 II VC lens for NEX and the Olympus 9-18mm lenses. I am very, very surprised to see that Tamron sharpness!

Here are the full size image samples from DSRLcheck:
X-Pro1 + XF 18mm F2R ( F4, JPEG )
NEX7 + E 18-55 OSS ( 18mm, F4, JPEG )
NEX7 + Tamron B011 ( 18mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50 EZ ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + M.ZD 14-42 II R ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + M.ZD 14-150 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + M.ZD 9-18 ( 14mm, F4.9 JPEG )
E-M5 + Lumix G X 14-42 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + Lumix G 14mm ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + Lumix G 14-45 ( 14mm, F4, JPEG )
E-M5 + Lumix G 7-14 ( 14mm, F4 JPEG )

Check price and specs by clicking these search links:
Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 at .
Olympus E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

  • Kylberg

    The Tamron: Is it really resolution or just being harder contrast? Started to count twigs but gave up :-)
    Think the Pana 14mm does better than the m9-18.
    The Fuji is less contrasty and seems to loose some detail.
    On my Adobe RGB hardware calbrated screen I notice cromatic aberations (right side brownish building) on most of the m43 lenses.
    To me the E18-55 and Pana 7-14 are the softest followed by the Fuji.
    I would say though that gently apply a little sharpeness i PP to any of theese and they will look excellent on screen an very good on a quite large print.

  • Andrew

    Pretty weird results, I wouldn’t have expected that. The Oly superzoom looks significantly better than the other two standard Oly lenses, as well. I wonder how the Sony superzoom stacks up?

  • Sergio

    Yawn, another lens test at what looks like a single aperture filtered through each camera’s JPEG engine.

    • Vivek

      Yawn is word. :)

  • chris

    Until there’s consistent RAW support for every camera, these tests are worthless. Different lenses, different cameras and everything gets processes by in-camera JPEG engines. Could there be a more flawed “test?” Use a quality MF lens like the Contax G 45, so the only thing in question is what the sensor is actually producing, you take the lens differences out of the equation


    I suppose the goal is just to drive traffic to the site, which its probably succeeding. When my EM5 arrives I’ll have to post a lot of “tests” like this pitting it against my Nex7, only I’ll use Rokkors instead of all these crazy lens combos.

  • TTT

    more intresting how tamron vs sel18200

    • preston

      You are obviously looking for a different test. It was clearly stated that they were testing SPECIFIC LENSES with their respective bodies’ jpeg engines. If you shoot jpeg, then that’s what you want to see and “what the sensor is actually producing” doesn’t matter in this case! Go ahead and do the tests your way, but it’s pretty childish to claim that someone else’s test is “worthless” because it doesn’t show you the information you want to see.

      • Patrick

        You sound like a douche man, a douch (i.e. a bell end)

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