This is the first in a series of reviews rounding up the Lens Metrics Scores on 35mm primes for Canon, Nikon and Sony. We start by looking at options for Canon EF, and with several own brand and 3rd-party options on the market, there are plenty of choices available. Ranging in price from $320 to $1843, however, it’s tough to decide which one is best for you. So let’s take a closer look at image quality, features and value for money to help you decide.
Hey Paul Carroll ! In your introduction to the article '35mm prime lens round up' you said you tested 7 lenses but you show the results of only 6. We wait with baited breath for the results of the 7th lens !
By the way DxOMark, the Canon f2 IS USM lens is shown in the sharpness field map results as being measured at f1.4 although the accompanying text does relate to f2 -needs a small edit.
My conclusion from the sharpness test is that the top three lenses all have about the same sharpness at f4. The only material difference is how they fare at wider apertures. Could this not be used to advantage though? If one had a small subject in the centre of the image and wanted to isolate it from the background using f1.4, wouldn't the Zeiss come out on top as all else in the frame would not only be out of focus but also unsharp? Is sharp bokeh better or worse than unsharp bokeh?! If knowing the characteristics of the lens thanks to DxOMark, doesn't the Zeiss offer more creative options?
Depth of field is not taken into account for sharpness score. This ranking provides you with the sharpest lens without taking into account other aspects. If depth of field is an important aspect, you can filter the ranking with our filter tool and select lenses with the maximum aperture you need.
For wide aperture one other score which could be more helpful is the DxOMark score. This score is computed for a lowlight condition, so the sharpest lenses at wider aperture will be the best ranked.
I'm mystified by the degree of sharpness between lenses' scores. How much sharper is say a 5 point difference? What score is going to make a material difference in practice? Are we talking pixel level or at a print level and at what size print etc? As a newbie is there a key description anywhere in the website I've missed?
bit stupid that the canon ef 35mm f1.4L is not included in this comparison. And I feel that something should be said about build quality and AF performance when talking about lenses. Good optical performance is not the only thing to be considered
Well, I'm interested in the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L too, but the page [url=http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Database/Canon/Canon-EF-35mm-F14L-USM]http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Database/Canon/Canon-EF-35mm-F14L-USM[/url] on this site says: "Lens not found -" ???