Just for fun I thought I’d do a quick image quality comparison between my £85 TT Artisan 17mm f/1.4 manual focus MFT lens and one of my all time favourite prime lenses the £450 M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens, list prices from the company’s official web stores not including any promotional discounts and shipping charges. In fairness there are reasons other than price why one may prefer the M.Zuiko lens over the TT Artisan lens such as auto focus with manual focus clutch, considerably smaller size (without lens hoods fitted), weight, build quality? etc. but it’s interesting to see how they stack up against each other. Both 100% crops taken in quick succession shot with manual focus, the camera mounted on a tripod, self timer, same lighting, same ISO and same aperture f/5.6. The two lenses have a very slightly different FOV. Identically processed with no sharpening or other corrections applied in post processing.
First the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8
Now the TT Artisans 17mm f/1.4
There is, I think, a slight difference, the M.Zuiko is perhaps a tad sharper overall but is it £355 sharper?, but with a little sharpening applied in post then that’s easily counteracted, the choice, as always is yours. 🙂