I recently purchased an OMD EM5 along with the 12-50 kit lens. i am very happy with the camera and lens but when taking some landscape pictures noticed an extreme amount pincushion distortion that was very visible on the the skyline. (see picture sample)
Is this normal for this lens? This can probably be fixed in PP but i am surprised at the level of the visible distortion and thought that maybe the lens is defective and should be returned? I have used Nikon lenses for 25 years and have never seen this much "fun house mirror" type distortion.
Has anyone else experienced this with this lens?
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#1. "RE: Olympus 12-50 distortion" | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Sat 12-Jan-13 08:43 PM
Looking at the photo, I'm wondering if what you're seeing is lens distortion. I do see that the horizon over the water is not level, but perhaps the camera was tilted. Normally distortion shows up at the edges of the frame, and even in a lens with lots of distortion lines through the middle of the frame will be straight. So I think we'd need to see a photo of something like a brick wall, shot straight on, to judge the amount of distortion in the lens.
#2. "RE: Olympus 12-50 distortion" | In response to Reply # 0Replytoken Registered since 08th Mar 2008Sun 13-Jan-13 01:53 AM
Did you shoot Raw or Jpeg? Oly and Pany m4/3rd's bodies do a lot of in-body correction when outputting jpeg files (although I am not certain about distortion). If you shoot raw and post-process in programs like Lightroom, you may have to manually correct some things. That said, I do not have this particular lens, so I cannot give you any personal feedback. Also note that corrections do not occur when cross-mounting Pany and Oly lenses (if you have any Pany lenses or bodies). They share the same mount and electronics, but the "special sauce" of corrections is still kept under wraps.
Enjoy your OMD!