Chris Sawtell Asks if Leica 42.5 Sharper with IBIS or OIS

Posted May. 27th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

Hi Dan – Really enjoy your real world reviews and wonder if you can give me any insight into whether the Pana leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 is sharper on the 16mp G85 with the dual IS than on the 20 mp Olympus EM1 Mark 2 using body only IS? An article by Lloyd Chambers on rated the Oly Em1 Mark2 (IS on) plus Pana Leica Nocticron (dual OIS won’t work with Oly bodies) as outstanding – and even better than Leica SL and others with reputations for great IQ. Best – Chris

Chris, sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately, I’ve not shot the 42.5mm Leica on the Olympus body at this time.  Therefore, I’m unable to make a comment on which camera would give you better images. There’s no doubt that the Dual IS is a tremendous advantage but it’s also true that Olympus does a fabulous job with In Body IS, even without the benefit of additional In Lens IS/OIS. I’m hoping to do dig into this a bit later to see for myself. Sorry, I can’t be more help but stay tuned for further tests.

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