I wanted to comment on my methods for lens testing. Looking at any of my lens tests, don’t compare one to another unless I specifically did. This is a viewer beware thing. Example, if you compared my Zuiko 50mm showdown to my Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 testing you could draw certain conclusions, but if you actually view both test images at full size you’ll notice that the 50mm lens tests are at a much higher magnification, the reason why is that I tested the 24mm lens at about the same distance as the 50mm lens, so the 24mm samples are from a much smaller part of the negative then the 50mm tests.
That said, the images are still quite valid when you view them at 100% and take them at face value, just don’t read too much in to them comparing them from one to another. So I am standardizing my testing a bit more. I am going to start following my Zuiko 24/2.8 tests with similar ones. I now have a large bookcase (see the test picture) that I am going to frame across the horizontal for all of the lens tests (well, all that I have the distance to shoot, a 200mm lens is probably to long to do such a test shot with). This will give me approximately the same magnification for all lens tests and allow anyone who wants to, to have a bit of a meter stick to compare one lens to the next more easily.
That said, you could always take my word for my impressions and just use the test shots as ‘eye candy’. ‘Course I don’t know that I’d trust my word either.
On another note I just got a Zuiko 35mm f/2.8, so I should have some tests, pictures, etc on it up soon. Till then, a tiny little lens and promises to be fun if not exactly ‘wow’. One note on it, the MIR website has the incorrect dimensions for the 35/2.8, it lists the older version as 33mm and the newer version as 43mm, I can definitely say, mine being the newer version, that the newer one is 33mm. It is almost exactly the same size as a 50mm f/1.8 (32mm, to hard to call) and is just a tiny bit longer then a 24mm f/2.8 (31mm). I don’t have an older version of the 35/2.8 to verify its dimensions. Now if Zuiko had only made the 35/2 with a 49mm filter thread.