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Has anyone done a comparison of the TL18 vs the TL 23. Other than the obvious differences how does the image quality compare especially wide open.

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Nothing scientific, IMO the 23mm is sharper and, of course, is better in low light being f2 vs. f 2.8

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But the 18mm is smaller, has faster AF and is super cute. 

It makes the CL or TL as small as X2. 

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Cute makes a difference. Subjects are far more likely to smile and coo and cooperate. You have a point there. ;)

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I purchased the CL as a complement to my M equipment and for my DW to use. The 23mm makes a great pair with the 18-55 zoom for compactness and low light settings. But it really is not that different in size compared to a M10 with a 28mm Elmarit or a 35mm preasph Summilux. The CL, however, with the TL18mm changes the character of the camera such that it's my choice when I use it as it's a more compact and informal little camera. 

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I dont want a 2.8 lens so for me the 18mm and the 60 mm are out of place

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I initially had the 23 and didn’t use it as I preferred the 11-23.

I got the 18mm for it’s size. It makes it possible to put in a pocket. Traded in the 23.  Fortunately don’t miss it. If I want low light the difference between 2.0 and 2.8 is compensated by a small change in ISO.

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Had an 18 and was never 'really' satisfied with it...sold it and got a 11-23 which (despite smaller aperture) is a far superior lens imho  just quite bulky , to be honest, I tend to use the 35 f1.4 as a standard lens but the 11-23 makes a great carry-around all-rounder of a lens

 

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I bought a preloved CL + 18-56 and then added a 23. The 18mm 2/3rds of an f-stop faster than the 18-56 without the flexibility of the zoom. I have a preference for the 23: “natural” field of view, 1f-stop faster, not appreciably heavier.

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Thanks for the comments. I ended up purchasing the 23 as a demo unit with significant savings. I find it slightly better than the 18 but needs to be stopped down to f4 for optimal performance. The 11-23 is a much better lens but slower and bulkier. 

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