The F2.8 choice, 12-40mm vs 12-35mm

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tgutgu
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Re: The F2.8 choice, 12-40mm vs 12-35mm
In reply to ntsan, 10 months ago

trr wrote:

So the spec for 12-40mm has been out

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
- Linear motor, MSC mechanism, AF inner focus
- Manual focus clutch mechanism
- 20cm minimum focusing distance (maximum magnification of 0.3 times, 35mm equivalent 0.6 times) throughout the entire zoom range
- Dust-proof drip
- Filter size: 62mm
- Total length: 84mm, maximum diameter 69.9mm
- Weight: 382g
- late November release

Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8
- 25cm minimum focusing distance (maximum magnification of 0.17 times, 35mm equivalent 0.34 times)
- Weathersealed
- Filter size: 58mm
- Total length: 73.8mm, maximum diameter 67.6mm
- Weight: 305g

12-40mm being being more larger/heavier than 12-35mm and come without OIS, should make Pana user and maybe some Oly user sticking with 12-35mm instead for the size and without looking ridiculous on their camera.

Though the magnification of 12-40 screams Macro to me, that is even higher than Voigtlander's 0.25x/0.5x magnificaiton which I found to be plentiful for my need without getting dedicated Macro lens.

The 12-40mm isn't that bigger and it wouldn't look ridiculous on any camera larger than the GFs and the E-PM and E-PLs.

If you compare these two lenses, the most important aspect is the IQ difference. Since nothing is known about the 12-40mm IQ, it is a bit useless to start a thread like this at this point.

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