I had already posted a few photos from the 9mm Panaleica. And as announced, I’m now only looking at the performance on an Oly.
First of all, what comes out of the lens:
And no, the painters in Rocksdorf didn’t have a few too many crates of beer. This is what comes out of the camera:
The loss of resolution in the corners is of course clearly visible. However, it is not particularly sharp open aperture anyway. The CAs are removed pretty well by the camera in the JPG – which leaves ugly white stripes at the edges – the camera can’t do anything about the purple fringing.
The autofocus is fast – anything else would be an absolute poor result for a 9mm on mFT.
The optical quality – you can see it. It relies completely on digital correction and sharpening. Beautiful is different, but for those who like it, it’s the best.
The haptic quality: it is very light and – especially in contrast to the Nisi – looks like a toy.
It has a lens speed of 1.7 and that’s a bank. That also means that you can do something like this:
Whether you find the bokeh pretty is another matter, but with 2.8 it doesn’t work so well, of course.
The lens has a slightly pronounced cats-eye bokeh by default, which is corrected to “almost round” by the electronic correction. The correction increases the halo around the outside of the bokeh and hardens the edges of the diffusion disks – because the camera thinks that this is a contrast edge that needs to be sharpened.
Here I have copied a section from the RAW into the JPG Ooc on the right, as it is developed without lens and camera corrections. You can see the change in the bokeh and also how the slices are “blown up” by the lens correction. The fact that half of a slice is missing at the top is simply a consequence of the fact that the correction cuts off the top heavily. You can see this in the pictures above.
My personal conclusion: you have to want it.
And here’s a bit of outdoor: