Is the 12-40mm good enough to forego 12mm, 17mm, 25mm and 45mm primes?

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Questions thread
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Re: Some blur - closeup bokeh not great?
In reply to zuikowesty, Mar 15, 2014

MatsP wrote:

I notice in #2, and to some degree #4, the bokeh is not all that pleasing - very similar to the kit lens in similar conditions. I've always assumed the 12-40 would handle this better, but maybe it's just a limitation of the conditions - many outdoor closeups include OOF objects that are a bit too close and with hard edges (branches, sticks, etc), leading to harsh bokeh.

Are there any lenses that do a better job of this, maybe the 60 macro? The ZD 35 macro produces very nice bokeh but still struggles in the conditions.

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Well, bokeh is not what this lens excels in.This is something that several reviewers, like Lenstip for instance, have remarked and I agree. But it excels in other things indeed. You can't have it all.

The bokeh is fine in #1 and quite nice in #3. I guess I was hoping it would somehow fix the harsh bokeh I so often see in my closeup/macro shots. I suspect this has more to do with technique than equipment though.

Following this thread just makes me want this lens even more.

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Yes, don't hesitate! It's the best lens I have ever owned. It's so sharp all the way from 12 to 40, even in the corners and colours and contrast are very good. I can stand a little harsh bokeh under certain circumstances, this is a minor thing I think.

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