Zoomlens reviews (WYSIWYG)

Are lenses with a fixed focal length always better than zoom lenses? That is no longer the case. There are several zoom lenses with a higher optical performance than fixed focal length lenses in our reviews. Lenses with fixed focal length are quite often brighter and more compact than zoom lenses. There are also many photographers who are convinced that working with a vsat focal length yields better images, 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 
Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro M.Zuiko Digital ED7.9M437. OMD EM1 mk200100100012Micro-43
Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX7.9M437. G900101100102Micro-43
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS?HSM Sports7.5FF7. 5DsR00100101012Canon EF
Panasonic Lumix FZ10007.5CX-1inch7. Lumix FZ10000100101012no
Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 7.5APS-C6. A7700100101012SonyA
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM7.5APS-C7. 80D00100100012Canon EF-S
Sony 70-400 mm f/4-5.6G SAL-70400G7.4APS-C7. A7700100101012SonyA
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor7.4APS-C7. D710000100100012Nikon
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM7.2APS-C7. 650D00100100012Canon EF-S
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR7.2APS-C7. D710000100100012Nikon
Nikon 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR7.1APS-C7. D720000100101012Nikon
Nikon 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor7.1APS-C6. D320000100100012Nikon
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 7.1APS-C7. D320000100101012Nikon
Nikon 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR II Nikkor7.0APS-C7. D320000100101012Nikon
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140/F3.5-5.6 II7.0M436. G9000100100012Micro-43
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO7.0M436. OM-D E-M100100100012Micro-43
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED7.0M436. OMD EM1X00100101012Micro-43
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF7.0APS-C6. 650D00100101012Canon EF
Nikon AF-S DX 18?300mm f/3.5?6.3G ED VR6.9APS-C6. D720000100101012Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary6.7APS-C6. D710000100101012Nikon
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS6.7APS-C6. 650D00100101012Canon EF-S
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary6.5APS-C6. 650D00100101012Canon EF
Panasonic 14-140 mm f/4-5.8 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO HD6.5M436. GH200100100012Micro-43
Nikon 1 10-100 mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Nikkor VR6.3CX-1inch6. J100100100012Nikon
Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM6.2APS-C6. 7D00100100012Canon EF-S

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.