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.

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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 USM9.8FF9.39.79.59.72011-08-25Canon 5DsR11000110001CanonCanon
Sony FE 90mm macro9.8FF9.49.38.19.92016-05-20Sony A7R mk211000110001SonyFESamyang
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.5FF9.29.77.89.12017-10-18Sony A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.89.5FF9.09.98.29.42018-03-10Sony A7R III01000110001Sony FEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.5FF9.29.89.08.62016-07-25Nikon D81001000101001NikonNikon
Sony FE 50mm macro f/2.89.4FF9.19.67.09.82017-01-01Sony A7R mk211000000001SonyFESony
Sigma 135m f/1.8 Art9.4FF9.18.98.19.92018-03-31Sony A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art9.4FF9.19.28.39.52018-04-30Sony A7R III01000110101Sony FESigma
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM9.3FF8.99.58.49.12013-05-17Nikon D800E01000110101NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.3FF9.49.76.08.12016-11-22Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon
Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D macro9.3FF9.09.28.79.02016-04-01Nikon D81011000110001NikonTokina
Samyang FE AF 50mm f/1.49.3FF8.99.38.39.52017-10-11Sony A7R mk201000000101SonyFESamyang
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.3FF9.19.66.89.42016-08-19Sony A7R mk201000110101SonyFEZeiss
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art + Sigma MC119.3FF9.19.76.09.32018-02-12Sony A7R mk2 + Sigma MC1101000000101CanonSigma
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.1FF8.89.87.79.12014-04-21Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art + Sigma MC119.1FF8.89.17.09.62017-07-31Sony A7R mk2 + Sigma MC1101001100101CanonSigma
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE9.1FF9.28.66.08.92017-09-22Sony A7R mk201000000001SonyFESamyang
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II9.1FF8.79.58.59.52015-03-30Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.1APS-C8.59.68.89.72016-10-29Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD9.0APS-C8.59.79.09.22017-10-20Nikon D720001000110101NikonTamron
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/29.0FF9.19.76.07.92016-04-11Sony A7R mk201001100101SonyFEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR9.0FF8.79.68.78.12016-08-01Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G8.9FF8.78.47.49.82012-05-13Nikon D800E01000000101NikonNikon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM8.9FF8.99.59.56.42017-12-04Canon 5DsR01000110101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.9FF8.49.28.79.32015-03-13Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.8FF9.09.66.37.02016-12-30Sony A7R mk201000110101CanonSony
Sony FE 50mm 1.88.8FF8.69.27.88.42017-01-06Sony A7R mk201000000101CanonSony
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.88.8FF9.19.76.06.32017-04-15Sony A7R mk201001100001SonyFEZeiss
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.8FF8.79.36.09.02015-05-22Nikon D81001001100101CanonSigma
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.8CX-1inch8.57.79.49.32013-11-24Nikon J501000110101NikonNikon
Samyang FE AF 50mm f/1.48.8APS-C8.29.49.09.82017-11-24Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000100101SonyESamyang
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.8APS-C8.39.68.79.22016-09-19Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeis Sonnar T8.8FF8.79.16.09.42014-02-26Sony A7R mk201000000101SonyFESony
Sigma 70 mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro8.7FF8.38.68.69.22012-06-13Nikon D800E11000100001NikonSigma
Nikon PC 19mm f/4E ED8.7FF8.29.88.49.22017-03-12Nikon D81001001100001NikonNikon
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.7APS-C8.29.58.59.32016-06-09Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000000101SonyEZeiss
Samsung 45 mm f/1.88.7APS-C8.68.88.68.12015-02-11Samsung NX101000100101SamsungSamsung
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.48.7APS-C8.29.68.69.32017-01-31Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000110101SonyEZeiss
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.7APS-C8.19.58.69.52014-05-30Nikon D720001000110101NikonNikon
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.7FF9.08.87.36.42013-05-02Nikon D81001000000101NikonSigma
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.7APS-C8.19.39.19.62015-06-12Nikon D710001000101101NikonNikon
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6APS-C8.29.38.49.12014-08-25Nikon D720001000100101NikonSigma
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6FF8.68.76.08.72014-05-04Nikon D81001000000101NikonSigma
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF8.88.46.08.02017-10-28Nikon D81001000110101NikonTamron
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.6M438.19.08.39.22014-03-27Panasonic G9 & Olymp. OMD EM101000110101Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro Nikkor8.6FF8.29.37.99.52012-12-15Nikon D81011000110001NikonNikon
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5FF8.88.97.26.12016-01-08Nikon D81001001100101NikonSigma
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.5APS-C8.09.28.39.52013-03-03Fujifilm X E-101000110101FujiFujinon
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4G ED8.5FF8.29.67.18.52017-08-07Nikon D81001000100101NikonNikon
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.5APS-C8.09.38.79.52015-01-02Samsung NX101000110101SamsungSamsung
Samsung 30mm f/28.4APS-C7.89.88.69.12015-07-13Samsung NX101000000101SamsungSamsung
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary8.4M437.89.38.39.42018-5-22Panasonic G901000000101M43Sigma
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE8.4APS-C8.38.98.18.02017-11-27Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)01000000001SonyESamyang
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.4APS-C7.99.08.79.32015-06-01Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon
Nikon 28 mm f/1.8G8.4APS-C8.09.28.38.62014-07-18Nikon D720001000000101NikonNikon
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.3APS-C8.18.18.78.62013-08-06Sony A7701000101101SonyASony
Olympus 300mm8.3M437.79.19.19.22016-03-25Olympus OM-D E-M101000101101Micro-43Olympus
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R8.3APS-C7.99.57.68.82015-02-09Fujifilm X E-201001100001FujiFujinon
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM8.3APS-C7.88.99.48.82015-07-24Canon 760D01000000001CanonCanon
Nikon 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor8.3APS-C7.88.58.99.42012-08-19Nikon D720011000100001NikonNikon
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro8.3APS-C7.79.09.19.22012-08-30Nikon D320011000100001NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.3APS-C8.17.99.09.12012-10-24Nikon D720001000100101NikonNikon
Samsung 60mm f/2.8 Macro NX8.2APS-C7.68.78.89.82012-02-02Samsung NX111000100001SamsungSamsung
Olympus 30 mm f/3.5 Macro8.2M437.78.48.39.92017-02-01Olympus OMD EM1 mk211000100001Micro-43Olympus
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.2APS-C8.28.08.37.82013-04-23Nikon D720001000000101NikonSigma
Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.88.2APS-C7.89.38.08.52015-08-20Fujifilm X E-201000000001FujiFujinon
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS8.2M437.79.79.08.72018-01-01Panasonic G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM8.2FF8.19.56.07.82015-08-24Canon 5Ds01000000101CanonCanon
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2FF8.38.96.07.52015-11-03Nikon D81001001100101NikonNikon
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2APS-C8.09.27.48.02016-05-13Nikon D720001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS Leica DG MACRO-ELMARIT8.2M437.98.46.89.72014-01-26Olympus OM-D E-M111000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED8.2APS-C7.69.57.89.72014-08-15Nikon D720001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.2M437.78.48.79.52015-04-23Olympus OM-D E-M101000110101Micro-43Panasonic
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.2APS-C7.69.29.59.12012-11-07Nikon D320001000110101NikonSigma
Nikon AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G8.2FF8.18.17.38.22014-07-04Nikon D81001000100101NikonNikon
Nikon 40 mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Nikkor8.2APS-C7.79.48.19.22012-07-21Nikon D720011000100001NikonNikon
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.2FF8.09.06.08.92012-12-30Canon 1D X01000000101CanonSigma
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.48.2M438.08.49.27.82016-09-02GH4 & Olympus EM101001100101Micro-43Panasonic
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital8.1M437.78.27.49.62013-01-05Olympus OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Olympus
Samsung 20mm f/2.88.1APS-C7.98.89.07.32015-11-06Samsung NX101000100001SamsungSamsung
Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G MACRO 8.1M437.88.38.08.92015-04-06Olympus OM-D E-M111000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.1APS-C8.28.28.47.12014-02-24Nikon D710001000000101NikonSigma
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 8.1APS-C7.68.78.69.32013-07-26Canon 650D11000101101CanonSigma
Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM8.1APS-C7.98.18.48.72012-09-10Canon 650D01000100001Canon Canon
Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM8.1FF8.09.06.08.62012-12-12Canon 1D x01000000001Canon Canon
Nikon 20mm 1.8G8.1APS-C7.98.78.47.62014-11-17Nikon D720001000100101NikonNikon
Sony 50 mm f/2.8 Macro SAL-50M288.1APS-C7.97.58.29.72011-03-14Sony A7711000100001SonyASony
Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro 8.1M437.69.28.88.32012-11-04Olympus OM-D E-M511000100101Micro-43Olympus
Canon 50mm f/1.2L8.0FF8.09.58.06.72014-05-01Canon 5D MK301000000101CanonCanon
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437.68.79.67.92012-06-17Olympus OM-D E-M501000110101Micro-43Olympus
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro8.0APS-C7.49.18.29.32011-09-20Canon 650D11000100001CanonSigma
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 8.0APS-C7.78.68.88.52012-10-24Sony A7701000101101SonyASony
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437.68.98.78.72013-03-31Olympus OM-D E-M101000100101Micro-43Olympus
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S8.0APS-C7.68.58.69.12014-10-01Nikon D720001000110101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.0FF8.09.38.36.72013-09-09Nikon D81001000000101NikonNikon
Canon EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 Macro USM7.9APS-C7.69.06.09.42011-04-10Canon 80D11000100001CanonCanon
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.87.9FF7.98.78.16.62017-06-12Sony A7R mk201001100001SonyFESamyang
Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro7.9APS-C7.48.98.89.02012-09-06Sigma SD1 Merrill11000100001SigmaSigma
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.9FF8.29.16.06.12013-05-31Canon 5D MK301000000101CanonCanon
Samsung 16mm f/2.47.9APS-C7.58.98.58.82015-07-17Samsung NX101001100101SamsungSamsung
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM7.9APS-C7.58.58.98.72015-10-12Canon 760D01000100101CanonCanon
Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO7.9M437.29.48.19.82018-02-24Panasonic GH501000000101Micro-43Olympus
Laowa 12 mm f/2.8 D dreamer7.9FF8.28.06.07.32018-05-20Sony A7R III01001100001SonyFELaowa
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.9FF7.68.67.68.72015-05-04Nikon D81001000101001NikonNikon
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.9FF7.69.56.08.32015-04-02Canon 5D mk301001100101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED7.9FF7.97.76.09.02014-08-02Nikon D81001000000101NikonNikon
Olympus 25mm f/1.27.8M437.38.76.89.72017-06-19Olympus OMD EM1 mk201000100101Micro-43Olympus
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.8APS-C7.89.18.36.52013-04-07Canon 650D01000000101CanonCanon
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.8APS-C7.58.67.88.72016-01-01Canon 760D01000100101CanonYongnuo
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO7.8M437.29.48.39.02018-03-12Panasonic GH501000110101Micro-43Olympus
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.8M437.38.78.89.32014-11-21Olympus OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G7.8FF7.78.97.07.82014-10-19Nikon D81001000110101NikonNikon
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko Digital ED7.8M437.67.68.58.72012-11-04Olympus OM-D E-M1 mk211000100001Micro-43Olympus
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G7.8FF7.98.88.95.62013-01-12Nikon D800E01000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 35 mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor7.7APS-C7.19.57.99.02012-07-30Nikon D710001000000101NikonNikon
Panasonic 1.4x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.7M437.39.29.57.72018-01-08Panasonic G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic
Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D NX 7.7APS-C7.39.08.98.02013-10-21Samsung NX 30001000100101SamsungSamsung
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Special Edition7.7M437.49.09.27.52014-07-14Olympus OM-D E-M101001100101Micro-43Olympus
Olympus 25 mm f/1.87.6M437.58.28.47.62014-05-11Olympus EM-1001000000101Micro-43Olympus
Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.6M437.28.48.48.52014-07-07Olympus OM-D E-M101000100101Micro-43Panasonic
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.6APS-C7.67.37.98.12015-03-23Canon 650D01000000101CanonCanon
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.6APS-C7.28.68.78.62015-05-19Nikon D710001000101001NikonNikon
Sony 85 mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F287.6APS-C7.17.48.89.82012-04-04Sony A7701000100001SonyASony
Panasonic 20 mm f/1.7 ASPH LUMIX G II7.5M436.98.77.79.42013-12-27Olympus OM-D E-M101000000101Micro-43Panasonic
Panasonic 2x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.5M437.28.19.67.52018-01-15Panasonic G901000101001Micro-43Panasonic
Nikon 35 mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor7.5APS-C7.18.78.48.32013-11-15Nikon D710001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S7.5APS-C7.98.56.05.62013-06-07Nikon D720001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G7.4FF7.28.08.97.52014-12-19Nikon D81001001100101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 58mm 1.4G7.4FF7.39.38.06.32014-02-03Nikon D81001000000101NikonNikon
Nikon 1 18.5 mm f/1.87.3CX-1inch7.07.48.38.72013-12-13Nikon J501000000101NikonNikon
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art 7.2APS-C7.18.38.76.62014-06-20Nikon D710001000000101SigmaSigma
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S7.2APS-C7.58.16.95.62013-07-15Nikon D320001000100101NikonNikon
Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED7.2FF7.38.76.06.62012-03-22Nikon D81001001100101NikonNikon
Tamron 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro7.1APS-C7.47.28.06.62013-07-24Canon 650D11000110101CanonTamron
Canon 50mm f/1.2L7.1APS-C7.26.97.77.72014-05-25Canon 650D01000100101CanonCanon
Nikon 1 10 mm f/2.8 1 Nikkor7.0CX-1inch7.17.18.76.72012-07-03Nikon J101000100001NikonNikon
Tokina Reflex 300 mm f/6.3 MF Macro6.8M436.78.37.36.92012-08-10Olympus OM-D E-M511000101001Micro-43Tokina
Sigma 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN6.8M437.16.18.26.42012-03-12Olympus OM-D E-M501000000001Micro-43Sigma
Sigma 30 mm f/2.8 EX DN6.7M436.96.48.57.12012-04-22Panasonic GX101000100001Micro-43Sigma
Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 ASPH LUMIX G6.6M436.88.26.85.92011-11-24Panasonic GH201000100001Micro-43Panasonic
Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT (Light)6.6M436.88.06.06.02018-05-27Panasonic 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

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