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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8

30 April 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion



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The Micro 4/3 system optics constructors usually give up on distortion correction, leaving that task to cameras’ software; it is true even when you deal with lenses with moderate angles of view. For example the Panasonic 1.7/20 showed very significant “barrel” on RAW files, which level amounted to –3.66% and the Leica 1.4/25 was only slightly better, with the distortion of –2.30%.

The performance of the Olympus sticks out in a positive way here because the tested lens corrects the distortion very well, no matter whether you use JPEG or RAW files. In the first case the distortion level reaches −0.82%, in the second it is −1.12%; both these values can be called moderate and are significantly lower than those of lens’s competitors.

Olympus E-PL1, JPEG
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8 - Distortion
Olympus E-PL1, RAW
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8 - Distortion