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

Started Sep 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: 12-35mm (24-70mm FF) FoV is pretty much standard.
In reply to Cipher, Sep 9, 2013

Cipher wrote:

drj3 wrote:

bluelemmy wrote:

> whereas the 12-35 takes a 58mm filter.

As do the 35-100 f2.8 and the 14-140mm f3.5-5.6. A very professional move on the part of Panasonic.

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I am certain that if Olympus wanted to offer a 12-35mm lens they could have used a 58mm filter. It has nothing to do with being professional. Panasonic chose a more limited zoom range design which allowed them to use a smaller front element for the lens.

Panasonic offered 12-35mm because it gives the same FoV as:

Nikon 24-70mm

Canon 24-70mm

Sigma 24-70mm

Sony 24-70mm

Tamron 24-70mm

The 24-70 FoV is pretty much a standard and so is 70-200mm FoV and thus we have the Panasonic 35-100mm.

The fact that there are lots of 24-70mm equivalents is of no importance to me, if the 24-80mm equivalent has equal quality, is essentially the same size and price then I would find it to be more useful.  If the new 40-150 equals the 35-100 Panasonic then I would prefer the extra flexibility that combination offers.  Actually I will probably prefer my 12-60mm 2.8-4 (24-120), since the extra zoom range means that I do not need to change lenses as often and assuming it focuses well on the EM-1, it will probably be the lens I use most often.

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