Has the black Olympus 12mm lens gone for good?

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Neurad1
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Re: Has the black Olympus 12mm lens gone for good?
In reply to Olydude, 7 months ago

Olydude wrote:

Unless you want more depth of field, or better low light performance, or the compact size of the 12mm as the 12-40 is ridiculous in terms of it's size for what it offers, or a lens you can buy second hand for $500, as opposed to closer to $900 for the 12-40. There's many advantages to the 12...

On the other hand it doesn't give you the freedom of a zoom, which is a two edged sword of course. Zooms make you lazy and you never will really learn to compose with one, or move with your feet to get the best possible shot, or realise that an 40mm framed shot is a completely different shot to one that is framed at 12mm even if you're standing at an equivalent perspective.

I wouldn't give up my 12mm if you paid me to... there are too many different equations out there to deal with where it gives a definitive advantage over a zoom.

I guess you mean shorter depth of field, not "more depth of field", for the 12 2.  As far as the better low light performance is concerned, 2.0 vs 2.8 is really not a factor for me since I use the wide end mostly for landscapes and 2.8 is adequate. I have both lenses, and wouldn't give my 12 2 away. However, if I hadn't bought it first (before the 12-40 2.8), I probably would not have bought it at all. The 12-40 is the more versatile lens (it also has better IQ). And that's where I was coming from when I made the statement above.

I agree that the 12-40 is heavy. I'm actually not taking it on a Scotland trip next week because of that.....I am taking my 12 2 and my 9-18 and 40-150 zooms with my E-PL5. Leaving my "big" M43 bodies at home, but bringing my RX1 as another "prime" with great IQ.

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