Just bought Oly ZD 12-60mm: should I sell 50/2?

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David J Heinrich
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Just bought Oly ZD 12-60mm: should I sell 50/2?
Jul 6, 2009

From eBay, $713.50 including shipping, a decent price imo (best price elsewhere online was ~ $800 after-tax from Adorama).

I'm looking forward to using it. I currently use the 14-54mm, and will be comparing it to that. I'll be going to a wedding Friday the 24th, and can test out he 12-60mm there.

I'd like to start getting into wedding photography, and of course the 14-35/2 and 35-100/2 are the ideal wedding photo lenses, but I can't drop $4k on lenses!

Plus, I've seen excellent reviews for this lenses sharpness, putting it on part with the Olympu 50/2 if I'm not mistaken. In addition to selling my Oly 14-54, I may in fact also sell my 50/2, if I find this lens to be on par with it for sharpness (AND if I think my Minolta Rokkor MD 50/1.4 is on par with the 50/2 in terms of sharpness at equivalent f-stops for macro-photography).

One nice thing is that if I can use my Minolta Rokkor MD 50/1.4 for macro shots, then I can also sell off my Oly EX-25 bellows. I have a macro-focusing rail for my Minolta lenses, so I can get some pretty inredible reproductio ratios. These macros were taken with a softer Rokkor lens, the 58/1.2, wide open, with the EX-25 (but the same effect could also be achieved with the macro bellows and he 50/1.4): http://www.tabblo.com/studio/stories/view/1747790/

Here's a comparison of the Minolta Rokkor MD 50/1.4 vs. Olympus Zuiko Digitla 50/2: http://www.tabblo.com/studio/stories/shared/32020/srwgamq7uclek59

What do you guys think?

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