Opinions wanted on the Olympus 12mm F2

Started Aug 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
James Pilcher
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my thoughts
In reply to pinnacle, Aug 2, 2012

pinnacle wrote:

The bottom line question is, Is the Olympus [12mm] going to make me stand up and go "wow!" in comparison?

No, there is no "wow!" factor here. I have the 12mm f/2. While a very good lens, it does not deliver SHG images IMO, and I owned SHG glass when I was in 4/3. I think it is the best in m4/3 @ 12mm though. I have not tried the Lumix 12-35mm yet.

If you want "wow!" m4/3 glass, the new 75mm f/1.8 appears to have that attribute.

I am also considering possibly the Panny 12-35 f 2.8 as an alternate option.

I'm continuing to look at the 12-35mm f/2.8 images that get posted. I'm trying to decide if I sell my 12mm f/2 to fund the 12-35mm, or if owning both has advantages. The one-stop difference is small IMO. If the 12mm were two stops faster, both would be useful in my kit.

Jim Pilcher
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA

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