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    Olympus 12mm F2 - Is this a good sample?

    Just curious if this is the performance I should expect from this lens. If other owners can chime in to indicate if this look about as sharp as a good copy or not, I would appreciate it.

    Opening them in separate tabs might be helpful.

    Full size JPEGs taken in Fine Mode, straight out of camera from natural mode:

    Set 1

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260644.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260643.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260642.JPG


    Set 2

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260645.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260646.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260647.JPG

    Set 3

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260648.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260649.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260650.JPG


    Set 4

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260651.JPG

    F3.5
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260652.JPG


    Set 8

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260662.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260663.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260664.JPG



    Set 5

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260653.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260654.JPG


    Set 6

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260656.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260657.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260658.JPG

    Set 7

    F2
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260659.JPG

    F2.8
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260660.JPG

    F4
    http://www.jaegraphy.com/lightroom/eraseme/_A260661.JPG

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    Re: Olympus 12mm F2 - Is this a good sample?

    I'm in a bandwidth-constrained location, but I will tell you that I tried two of the 12/2s in an informal but careful comparison against my 12-35/2.8 and 7-14/4 and, at the same apertures, the 12/2 was noticeably less sharp in the center (as well as the edges - but that was less of an issue). There's at least one reviewer who said that he went through two before he got a third that he was pleased with. There seems to be a bit of variability with the 12/2.

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