Fuji X-T1 + 23mm - Sony A7 + 35mm - Panasonic GX7 + 17mm Comparison

OK. Here is a quick, totally unscientific, yet totally real world comparison between a Sony A7 plus Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Fuji X-T1 plus 23mm f/1.4 and Panasonic GX7 plus Olympus 17mm f/1.8. 

Each combination was hand held from the same position. There is a set wide open for each lens and a set at f/8. All files were processed identically from images shot at each cameras base ISO in Photoshop ACR.

This is the test subject.

Below is a 100% blowup comparison with the lenses wide open.

UPDATE: Since I'm getting questions on this. Yes the point of focus is different. This is because I used three different cameras one after the other. This is what you get when you let cameras 'decide' what to focus on. However there is a clearly defined point of focus in each shot, so I saw little point in re-doing the shots. And as I said at the start, this is a real world shooting simulation and not a lab. test. There are others much better qualified than me to carry those out. Plus I'm looking at how my cameras and lenses perform, not trying to make a point.

Below is a 100% blowup comparison with the lenses at f/8.

If you click on the image below or click THIS LINK you can download a .zip file from Google Drive of the full-size jpgs.

So what does this prove? Well to me it proves firstly that differences between camera / lens combinations aren't as great as often stated and secondly, apart from the odd exception, camera and lens choice for me is as much about handling, design, ease of use and enjoying the process as it is about marginal differences in image quality. A decent camera and a decent lens in any of the formats I use is perfectly capable of delivering an image file that works for me personally and commercially. I may choose to pursue those marginal differences, I may not. And sometimes that's what I'm interested in, sometimes it's other things. 

I could happily use any of the above combinations to make a living and indeed I do. And yes I do believe it's worthwhile to show the differences, but maybe not so worthwhile to exaggerate them and engage in argumentative chatter to justify our purchasing decisions and personal choices. I think it's important to enjoy what we have whether it's one camera and one lens or many cameras and many lenses. Chances are we can produce something we'll be proud of with any of them.

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