Panasonic GX7 Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8 - Topaz Detail 3

Panasonic GX7 Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8

I read a piece yesterday about how DxO have tested the new Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 against the Olympus 17mm f/1.8. And the Panasonic is sharper. Now that's fine and I've no doubt true. However, running my extremely useful, but by no means the sharpest lens I've ever owned, Nikon Series E 100mm f/2.8 through the Topaz Detail 3 Photoshop plug-in, made me wonder again whether to a large extent this plug-in makes differences between lenses almost redundant.

I don't think anybody would have cause to complain about the sharpness of the above 100% blow ups. Plus when I say that they are all from upsized files (to 21MP) you get an idea of just how good this plug-in is. 

As someone pointed out, Smart Sharpen in Photoshop uses the same kind of sharpening, deconvolution (see here for difference between this and unsharp masking) but from my comparisons the Topaz plug-in does this much better with much more control. 

So expensive lens purchase versus $19.99 software plug-in? Difficult choice. (Not!)

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