Not happy with Panasonic 12-35

Started Sep 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Eddie G
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Not happy with Panasonic 12-35
Sep 9, 2012

I was under the impression that I could do without a medium zoom lems. However while shooting at a labor day party with the oly 45 1.8 I found that this was not practical. The 25 Pany 1.4 I had intended to buy for the occasion was not in stock. I ordered the 12-35 Pany from Amazon and saved 75 bucks since it was a "like new" open box special but it still cost over $1200.00.

I wanted to like this lens since it is small and equivilant to a 24-70 FF. I find that the lens produces soft pictures especially when reviewed at 100% crop. The focus is not too bad when shooting up close but falls off greatly when shooting distance shots.

The pictures also don't have nearly the pop of the pictures taken with the 45 1.8 oly.

Is it possible that I have a bad copy or is this what is normal for this lens?
The quality of the results does not justify the price.

I would greatly appreciate feedback from OMD EM-5 users who are familiar with this lens.

Thanks

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