Fixed focal length reviews (WYSIWYG)

His lenses with a fixed focal length; lways better than zoom lenses? That is no longer the case. There are several zoom lenses that higher optical performance drop in our tests. Lenses with fixed focal length are quite often brighter and more compact than zoom lenses. There are also many fotogrefen who are convinced that working with a vsat focal fotoe yields better, because you are much more conscious about the composition.
The performance of the lenses in this table are based on " What you see is what you get ( WYSIWYG )", as you save images in the camera as a jpg file, with all the in- camera lens corrections applied ("What you see is what you get ": WYSIWYG"). If a lens is tested on a camera with an APS-C or micro-43 sensor , then the focal lengths have been converted to the equivalent field of view for a camera with a full frame sensor ( mm @ ff ) . Because of this conversion, you can compare lenses on cameras with different sensor types . There are scores for sharpness (Res), chromatic aberration (CA) , vignetting (Vign) and distortion (Dist). The higher the score , the better the performance. The highest score is a 9.9 . Note thet lens scores are determined by the test camera being used (megapixels , sensor size, jpg conversion).

Pure & RAW

There is another, " Pure and RAW" table with test results based on raw test results , where no corrections for chromatic aberration , distortion or vignettinge have been applied. Also the influence of the jpg conversion and sharpening are ruled out. RAW files withou sharpening are used for the Pure and RAW table. These scores approach the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera.

Focal length (FF equiv.)
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 Lens   Score   Sensor   Resol.   CA   Vign.   Vervorm.   Testdatum   Testcamera   Macro   Vast   Superzoom   Fisheye   Groothoek   Standaard   Portret   Tele   Lowlight   Zoom   Filter   Mount   Merknaam 
Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM9.8FF9. 5DsR11000110001CanonCanon
Sony FE 90mm macro9.8FF9. A7R mk211000110001SonyFESamyang
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.5FF9. A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.89.5FF9. A7R III01000110001Sony FEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.5FF9. D81001000101001NikonNikon
Sony FE 50mm macro f/2.89.4FF9. A7R mk211000000001SonyFESony
Sigma 135m f/1.8 Art9.4FF9. A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art9.4FF9. A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM9.3FF8. D800E01000110101NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.3FF9. D81001000110101NikonNikon
Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D macro9.3FF9. D81011000110001NikonTokina
Samyang FE AF 50mm f/1.49.3FF8. A7R mk201000000101SonyFESamyang
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.3FF9. A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art + Sigma MC119.3FF9. A7R mk2 + Sigma MC1101000000101CanonSigma
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.1FF8. D81001000110101NikonNikon
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art + Sigma MC119.1FF8. A7R mk2 + Sigma MC1101001100101CanonSigma
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE9.1FF9. A7R mk201000000001SonyFESamyang
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II9.1FF8. D81001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.1APS-C8. D720001000101101NikonNikon
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD9.0APS-C8. D720001000110101NikonTamron
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/29.0FF9. A7R mk201001100101SonyFEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR9.0FF8. D81001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G8.9FF8. D800E01000000101NikonNikon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM8.9FF8. 5DsR01000110101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.9FF8. D81001000101101NikonNikon
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.8FF9. A7R mk201000110101CanonSony
Sony FE 50mm 1.88.8FF8. A7R mk201000000101CanonSony
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.88.8FF9. A7R mk201001100001SonyFEZeiss
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.8FF8. D81001001100101CanonSigma
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.8CX-1inch8. J501000110101NikonNikon
Samyang FE AF 50mm f/1.48.8APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000100101SonyESamyang
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.8APS-C8. D720001000101101NikonNikon
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeis Sonnar T8.8FF8. A7R mk201000000101SonyFESony
Sigma 70 mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro8.7FF8. D800E11000100001NikonSigma
Nikon PC 19mm f/4E ED8.7FF8. D81001001100001NikonNikon
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.7APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000000101SonyEZeiss
Samsung 45 mm f/1.88.7APS-C8. NX101000100101SamsungSamsung
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.48.7APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000110101SonyEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.7APS-C8. D720001000110101NikonNikon
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.7FF9. D81001000000101NikonSigma
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.7APS-C8. D710001000101101NikonNikon
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6APS-C8. D720001000100101NikonSigma
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6FF8. D81001000000101NikonSigma
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF8. D81001000110101NikonTamron
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.6M438. G9 & Olymp. OMD EM101000110101Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro Nikkor8.6FF8. D81011000110001NikonNikon
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5FF8. D81001001100101NikonSigma
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.5APS-C8. X E-101000110101FujiFujinon
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4G ED8.5FF8. D81001000100101NikonNikon
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.5APS-C8. NX101000110101SamsungSamsung
Samsung 30mm f/28.4APS-C7. NX101000000101SamsungSamsung
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary8.4M437. G901000000101M43Sigma
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE8.4APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000000001SonyESamyang
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.4APS-C7. D720001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon 28 mm f/1.8G8.4APS-C8. D720001000000101NikonNikon
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.3APS-C8. A7701000101101SonyASony
Olympus 300mm8.3M437. OM-D E-M101000101101Micro-43Olympus
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R8.3APS-C7. X E-201001100001FujiFujinon
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM8.3APS-C7. 760D01000000001CanonCanon
Nikon 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor8.3APS-C7. D720011000100001NikonNikon
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro8.3APS-C7. D320011000100001NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.3APS-C8. D720001000100101NikonNikon
Samsung 60mm f/2.8 Macro NX8.2APS-C7. NX111000100001SamsungSamsung
Olympus 30 mm f/3.5 Macro8.2M437. OMD EM1 mk211000100001Micro-43Olympus
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.2APS-C8. D720001000000101NikonSigma
Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.88.2APS-C7. X E-201000000001FujiFujinon
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS8.2M437. G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM8.2FF8. 5Ds01000000101CanonCanon
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2FF8. D81001001100101NikonNikon
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2APS-C8. D720001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS Leica DG MACRO-ELMARIT8.2M437. OM-D E-M111000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED8.2APS-C7. D720001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.2M437. OM-D E-M101000110101Micro-43Panasonic
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.2APS-C7. D320001000110101NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G8.2FF8. D81001000100101NikonNikon
Nikon 40 mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Nikkor8.2APS-C7. D720011000100001NikonNikon
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.2FF8. 1D X01000000101CanonSigma
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.48.2M438. & Olympus EM101001100101Micro-43Panasonic
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital8.1M437. OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Olympus
Samsung 20mm f/2.88.1APS-C7. NX101000100001SamsungSamsung
Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G MACRO 8.1M437. OM-D E-M111000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.1APS-C8. D710001000000101NikonSigma
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 8.1APS-C7. 650D11000101101CanonSigma
Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM8.1APS-C7. 650D01000100001Canon Canon
Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM8.1FF8. 1D x01000000001Canon Canon
Nikon 20mm 1.8G8.1APS-C7. D720001000100101NikonNikon
Sony 50 mm f/2.8 Macro SAL-50M288.1APS-C7. A7711000100001SonyASony
Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro 8.1M437. OM-D E-M511000100101Micro-43Olympus
Canon 50mm f/1.2L8.0FF8. 5D MK301000000101CanonCanon
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437. OM-D E-M501000110101Micro-43Olympus
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro8.0APS-C7. 650D11000100001CanonSigma
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 8.0APS-C7. A7701000101101SonyASony
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437. OM-D E-M101000100101Micro-43Olympus
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S8.0APS-C7. D720001000110101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.0FF8. D81001000000101NikonNikon
Canon EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 Macro USM7.9APS-C7. 80D11000100001CanonCanon
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.87.9FF7. A7R mk201001100001SonyFESamyang
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro7.9APS-C7. SD1 Merrill11000100001SigmaSigma
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.9FF8. 5D MK301000000101CanonCanon
Samsung 16mm f/2.47.9APS-C7. NX101001100101SamsungSamsung
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM7.9APS-C7. 760D01000100101CanonCanon
Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO7.9M437. GH501000000101Micro-43Olympus
Laowa 12 mm f/2.8 D dreamer7.9FF8. A7R III01001100001SonyFELaowa
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.9FF7. D81001000101001NikonNikon
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.9FF7. 5D mk301001100101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED7.9FF7. D81001000000101NikonNikon
Olympus 25mm f/1.27.8M437. OMD EM1 mk201000100101Micro-43Olympus
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.8APS-C7. 650D01000000101CanonCanon
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.8APS-C7. 760D01000100101CanonYongnuo
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO7.8M437. GH501000110101Micro-43Olympus
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.8M437. OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G7.8FF7. D81001000110101NikonNikon
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital ED7.8M437. OM-D E-M1 mk211000100001Micro-43Olympus
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G7.8FF7. D800E01000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 35 mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor7.7APS-C7. D710001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 1.4x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.7M437. G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic
Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D NX 7.7APS-C7. NX 30001000100101SamsungSamsung
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Special Edition7.7M437. OM-D E-M101001100101Micro-43Olympus
Olympus 25 mm f/1.87.6M437. EM-1001000000101Micro-43Olympus
Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.6M437. OM-D E-M101000100101Micro-43Panasonic
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.6APS-C7. 650D01000000101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.6APS-C7. D710001000101001NikonNikon
Sony 85 mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F287.6APS-C7. A7701000100001SonyASony
Panasonic 20 mm f/1.7 ASPH LUMIX G II7.5M436. OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Panasonic
Panasonic 2x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.5M437. G901000101001Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon 35 mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor7.5APS-C7. D710001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S7.5APS-C7. D720001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G7.4FF7. D81001001100101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 58mm 1.4G7.4FF7. D81001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 1 18.5 mm f/1.87.3CX-1inch7. J501000000101NikonNikon
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art 7.2APS-C7. D710001000000101SigmaSigma
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S7.2APS-C7. D320001000100101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED7.2FF7. D81001001100101NikonNikon
Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro7.1APS-C7. 650D11000110101CanonTamron
Canon 50mm f/1.2L7.1APS-C7. 650D01000100101CanonCanon
Nikon 1 10 mm f/2.8 1 Nikkor7.0CX-1inch7. J101000100001NikonNikon
Tokina Reflex 300 mm f/6.3 MF Macro6.8M436. OM-D E-M511000101001Micro-43Tokina
Sigma 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN6.8M437. OM-D E-M501000000001Micro-43Sigma
Sigma 30 mm f/2.8 EX DN6.7M436. GX101000100001Micro-43Sigma
Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 ASPH LUMIX G6.6M436. GH201000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT (Light)6.6M436. GH5 & G901001100101Micro-43Laowa
Sigma 10 mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSMAPS-Cfisheyefisheye2012-08-16Sigma SD1 Merrill01010100001SigmaSigma
Olympus 8mm f/1.8mm Fisheye PROM43fisheyefisheye2015-08-04Olympus OM-D E-M101010100101Micro-43Olympus
Samsung 10mm f/3.5 Fisheye NX i-FunctionAPS-Cfisheyefisheye2015-10-07Samsung NX101010100001SamsungSamsung
Panasonic 8 mm f/3.5 LUMIX G FisheyeM43fisheyefisheye2011-11-14Panasonic GH201010100000Micro-43Panasonic

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.