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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Just a few comparison crops of the 18-55 NEX kit lens versus the 16-50 via LA-EA2. All at f/5.6, on a tripod, using remote + 2 sec. timer. The 16-50 took +7 pts. MA. Processing on these is auto tone + LR preset "narrow edge sharpening". ETA: kit lens is on the right.

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KVL-1.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KVL-2.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KVL-3.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KVL-4.jpg


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Mar 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Could be the LA-EA2 but the 16-50 hard edges don't look quite as well defined and there is a bit more fringing.


Mar 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Thanks for doing the comparison, I've been thinking about picking this up to replace the 16mm and the 18-55. How is the real world performance on the 16mm end?


Mar 01, 2012 at 08:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Jabberwockt wrote:
Thanks for doing the comparison, I've been thinking about picking this up to replace the 16mm and the 18-55. How is the real world performance on the 16mm end?


Just got it yesterday, so I have not shot it much... I'd go out and shoot today, but it's whipping snow around. I'll probably be able to try some infinity/outdoor shots tomorrow.



Mar 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


FlyPenFly wrote:
Could be the LA-EA2 but the 16-50 hard edges don't look quite as well defined and there is a bit more fringing.


Could also be that I didn't hit the MFA perfectly. I am going to print out a different test chart to play with. 16-50 looks a lot better at the long end to me, though I think most people would prefer their portraits to be slightly blurry.



Mar 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


FlyPenFly wrote:
Could be the LA-EA2 but the 16-50 hard edges don't look quite as well defined and there is a bit more fringing.


Hmm. I see more fringing and softer edges on the right column. That's the kit lens, right? Maybe its my monitor.



Mar 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


JimBuchanan wrote:
Hmm. I see more fringing and softer edges on the right column. That's the kit lens, right? Maybe its my monitor.


That's what I see except for at the wide end, where the kit looks a little better defined and with a bit less fringing (the 16-50 however has a ton more contrast)



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Sorry I meant the right is softer


Mar 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


JimBuchanan wrote:
Hmm. I see more fringing and softer edges on the right column. That's the kit lens, right? Maybe its my monitor.


I see more fringing on the right (kit).



Mar 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


mawz wrote:
That's what I see except for at the wide end, where the kit looks a little better defined and with a bit less fringing (the 16-50 however has a ton more contrast)


I couldn't tell for sure if the kit is actually better - the focal length difference between 16 and 18 makes such a difference at the wide end. If I post another set, I'll try to get them both at 18mm. Just have a new test chart coming off the printer...



Mar 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Yes, please ignore what I said, I should have just said right or left.


Mar 01, 2012 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Second set. I tried a different target, and didn't think it was an improvement. This is with the 16-50 MA'd to +9. Light has changed in the greenhouse, and is much less contrasty. Kit lens is on the LEFT.

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KV1650-1.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KV1650-2.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KV1650-3.jpg

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/KV1650-4.jpg


ETA: I'll shoot a set in closer to look at corners at 16 and 24.



Mar 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 5N Comparison: kit lens v. 16+50 on LA-EA2


Might as well throw these in... A couple of 100% crops from real world shots, at f/2.8 and f/3.5 - normal processing (55% sharpening).

http://www.redwrench.com/2012/ZA1650/SGY.jpg

ETA: And my last comment for the day on this topic:

Weight of the 5N + Kit lens = 17.5 oz.
Weight of the 16-50 + LA-EA2 = 30.5 oz. (no body included!)



Mar 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM





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