Get if you can (afford and find)

Started Dec 26, 2012 | User reviews thread
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Esa Tuunanen
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Get if you can (afford and find)
Dec 26, 2012

This sadly discontinued 4/3 zoom is very rare lens as travel/superzoom which was actually designed to be optically very good instead of cheap and too small.

It's fully usefull at all focal lengths and apertures (check Photozone) what can't be said even from mighty sized&heavy Canon EF 28-300mm L. Also geometric distortions and vignetting are better controlled than in other same range zooms.
While size and weight aren't smaller than APS-C zooms that's only because those are simply way too underdesigned and undersized for sensor format to have anything else than roller coaster peformance with all around worser lens aberrations.
And while it doesn't pretend to be macro lens it still has respectable close up performance fully comparable to those APS-C ultrazooms. (+ works with Kenko DG m4/3 extension tubes)

Construction is mix of metal and little plastic and has very solid feel and smooth operation, unlike todays Panasonic m4/3 lenses. (including similarly priced Lumix G 7-14mm)

It's one of the handfull of contrast detect AF compatible 4/3 lenses and as such works quite well in m4/3 bodies.
With Lumix G 7-14mm this makes nice 14-300mm field of view range kit with good optical quality and very manageable weight which is something no other format can match.

This is the lens which made me finalize choosing 4/3 sensor format and buy E-30 kit in 2010 while waiting for ergonomical mirrorless 4/3 body.
Such shame that Panasonic's m4/3 "successor" for this lens is optically very mediocre in comparison and based to as much software corrections as some beta software.

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Olympus E-30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm 1:2.8-4.0 SWD Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH Panasonic Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm F3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS +3 more
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