These days my bag is loaded with the FE 70-200mm completed with the Olympus OM Zuiko's 40mm 1:2 and 24mm 1:2.8 to cover the shorter focal lengths. While these Olympus lenses give excellent imagery I start to get annoyed by all this manual aperture and focus handling and having to add EXIF data at home, trying to remember what lens I used. Adding the EXIF data enables Lightroom to automatically apply the lens profile to counter for geometric distortion. I'm quite happy with the FE 70-200mm so I started thinking that all this bashing of the other FE zooms may not be as relevant to me as I always thought. Therefore I went to a few shops and made test shots with the FE 16-35mm and FE 24-70mm. If one of them would blow my socks off, that would be the one to get, although I would actually prefer to have the 24-70mm because extreme wide-angle isn't that important to me these days and I'd prefer to cover the range between 28mm and 50mm with a zoom. I tested 2 FE 16-35mm samples and the thing that put me off was their performance at 35mm. Even stopped down to f/8 I got distinctly unsharp right edges in a few cases; not always but in some pics it was very real. Maybe the OSS interferes with edge-to-edge sharpness? It was enabled all the time, maybe I should have turned it off, I really couldn't care less for it on a wide-angle zoom. First sample, total shot Crops Second sample, total shot Crops The scene parts were tens of meters away, depth of field should cover that at 35mm and f/8. Anyway, I wasn't going to plunk down 1350 euros for a lens I can't really use at 35mm for landscapes. Most people get this lens for the shorter focal lengths, but performance at the long end is at least as important to me. Over to the other one, the FE 24-70mm of which I only tested one sample. Nothing special to show here. The corner sharpness at 24mm is so-so even at f/8 which is in line with many reviews, but going a bit inside sharpness ramps up quickly, it looks quite alright over a large part of the frame. The all-important (to me) mid-range around 40mm looks quite good at f/8 across the frame. The lens looks well useable wide-open if corner and edges are allowed to lag a bit behind. Only thing I didn't like was some geometric distortion in a shot at 39mm. Look at the brick lines near the bottom. Mind you this is with autocorrection in Lightroom; might have to make my own profile to correct for this. In the next days I'll be going after a few used FE 24-70mm lenses and probably get one of them if they don't show any obvious defects. For the wide-angle range I'll try some older lenses, ordered an LA-EA3 adapter as a preemptive strike so I can go after Sony A-mount zooms. That way I can have Lightroom apply the lens profile automatically because EXIF data will be in the file; I don't mind manual focussing for wide-angle shots. Full-size jpegs available: FE 16-35mm 1:4 Sample I FE 16-35mm 1:4 Sample II FE 24-70mm 1:4 Let me know if anybody would like to see the raw files, I'll make them available on Dropbox for some weeks or so.