Direct comparison Oly 12-40mmF2.8 with Oly 12-50mmF3.5-6.3?

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Sierra Dave
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Re: In real life, it performed as I hoped it would.
In reply to RoelHendrickx, 10 months ago

RoelHendrickx wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

The Oly 12-40 F2.8 arrived this morning.

Very good look and feel on the camera. Everything works smoothly. Caps, hood etc are well designed, with special mention for the manual focus ring (pull backwards).

Never mind the pixelpeeping tripod tests, that are intended mainly to make sure that I did not receive a lemon of a lens.

The real proof of the pudding is in eating in a real-world setting, not in laboratory testing.

So after the afternoon of tripod fun, I took the new 12-40 on my E-M5 with me to the dress rehearsal of a theatre play, with the ZD35-100 on E-5 for the longer shots (I cannot sing the praises of that combo well enough : I get my very best stage production shots with it).

Hold onto that thought when the 40-150/2.8 comes out!

Let me just tell you : no more ZD12-60 on E-3 as second camera for me.

The 12-40 on E-M5 does better in many ways. the aperture speed is there and autofocus is instant, while the E-M5 can go two stops higher in ISO before it reaches my uncomfort zone (no problem with ISO800 on E-3, and with ISO3200 on E-M5; the E-5 sits inbetween at ISO1600 for its auto-ISO ceiling).

For the same output size, I'd bet you can go even higher with the ISOs on the E-M5 vs. the E-3 as you've got 25% more linear resolution and no strong AA filter or banding to complicate post-processing.  So long as the tele-end of your 12-60 is covered with your other body, you should be set.

I also think that for this sort of photography, Olympus is long overdue in introducing an electronic shutter.  The ability to shoot silently at productions is something I've missed ever since I gave up my P&S.

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