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Bad Copy of New Olympus 12-40

Started Aug 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Bad Copy of New Olympus 12-40
Aug 17, 2014

With the current $100 off sale, I thought I would give the 12-40 Pro a try and compare it to my Panny 12-35 so I ordered one from B&H. Packaging was fine and it looks new & perfect.

In just doing some test shots around the house & yard I just wasn't impressed at all, even at the wide end which is supposed to be stellar.

I thought maybe it was because I was shooting handheld or that I just wasn't getting good shots so I set up a crude "studio" test on a tripod with OIS off.

Below are 100% center crops of the Panny and Oly at 18mm, f/2.8 (the Oly was not much better at f4 and a just little sharper at f.5.6!). I shot at a few focal lengths and f/stops but these 18mm crops show what is going on best given the distance I was shooting from (about 6 feet) etc.

Is there a problem with Olympus QC lately? Has this lens been so popular that they are taking shortcuts??

I really do like the manual focus focus clutch, the closer focusing ability, the extra long end, the extra button on the lens and the size/weight are fine for me on my EM-10 with the grip.

Should I try another copy or give up and stick to my trusty 12-35? I am worried that there may be a bad "batch" or something.

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Panny 12-35 @ 18mm f/2.8:

Oly 12-40 @ 18mm f/2.8:

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