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Comparing lens sharpness

By Laurence Bogle, June 2013

This page shows 100% crops of photos taken through a variety of lenses, at a variety of zoom levels. The distance from the target was adjusted to keep the composition as similar as possible.

I decided to create this page when I bought a new Tamron 17-50mm lens and wanted to compare its sharpness to the 18-55mm kit lens it was replacing. I decided I might as well test all the lenses I had available, and do it in a way I could reproduce in the future if I got my hands on any others.

Select the lenses to compare

Canon
50mm
f1.8

Canon
18-55mm
F3.5-5.6

Tamron
17-50mm
f2.8

Canon
75-300mm
f4-5.6

Canon
28-90mm
f4-5.6

Sigma
28-200mm
wide open only

Canon
55-250mm
f4-5.6

Casio
Exilim
EX-Z12

Nikon
Coolpix
S4000
f/
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 18-55mm
Tamron 17-50mm
Canon 75-300mm
Canon 28-90mm
Sigma 28-200mm
Canon 55-250mm
Casio EX-Z12
Nikon S4000
50mm
18mm
55mm
17mm
50mm
75mm
300mm
28mm
90mm
28mm
200mm
55mm
250mm
6.3mm(38eq)
18.9mm(114eq)
4.9mm(27)
19.6mm(108eq)
1.8
2.0
2.2
2.5
2.8
3.2
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.6
6.3
7.1
8.0