For those of you considering the Zuiko 12-60mm lens

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Loryh
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For those of you considering the Zuiko 12-60mm lens
8 months ago

Hi all;

I thought I would keep my 12-60mm lens to use with my E-M1, but decided to go with the M.12-40 instead.

If you have been thinking of adding this stellar lens to your collection, I've posted mine for sale on the for sale forum.

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Loryh

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David Stinson
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I've listed mine for sale for the exact reason.

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I thought they compared the 12-40 to the 14-35?

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Loryh wrote:

Hi all;

I thought I would keep my 12-60mm lens to use with my E-M1, but decided to go with the M.12-40 instead.

If you have been thinking of adding this stellar lens to your collection, I've posted mine for sale on the for sale forum.

Regards,

Loryh

I have the ZD 12-60 and at the moment do not need another, and am certainly not parting with the copy I have.

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The 12-40 is compared to the 14-35 yet...
In reply to stiger, 8 months ago

The 12-40 has a greater range than the 14-35 so while the 12-40 doesn't go as long as the 12-60, the quality is higher.  Selling the 12-60 now while it still has a lot of value will make room for the 'matching' 40-150 pro lens coming out.
If I had the 12-60, that'd be my strategy anyway.
The 14-35 SHG f2 was always the top gun for the normal zoom lens with the 12-60 a bit under the 14-35, yet often favored for it's greater zoom range.

The 12-40 is currently the best 'walkaround' lens for the new E series camera.
I'm still at the stage of comparing the 12-40 to my 14-35 to decide what I'm going to do.  My initial impression is the bokeh is quite a bit better on the 14-35, but I've got primes to yank out when I need that type of look.  The 12-40 is nearly 1/2 the weight and size and focuses much closer.  I took the 12-40 on a hike last weekend and was really impressed with the results.

So in my case the 14-35 might be going to fund the 40-150 that's supposed to come out in 2014.
That leaves my 7-14 hanging around a bit longer.  I guess the roadmap for the new 7-14 calls for it to be f2.8.  With the ability to make the 7-14 be less of a retrofocal design, I'm hoping the new 7-14 pro is going to be an instant classic.  I don't care for the Panasonic 7-14 as the careful comparisons I've seen to the Olympus show the Panasonic to be much less sharp towards the edges.
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In reply to Loryh, 8 months ago

Loryh wrote:

Hi all;

I thought I would keep my 12-60mm lens to use with my E-M1, but decided to go with the M.12-40 instead.

If you have been thinking of adding this stellar lens to your collection, I've posted mine for sale on the for sale forum.

Regards,

Loryh

I am considering the E-M1 mostly because I have the 12-60. I would be interested in any particular reasons why you have decided to get rid of the 12-60. Is its AF performance not to your liking on the E-M1?

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In reply to TheEye, 8 months ago

Some people want to sell it may be because they want something smaller, like a native micro 4/3rd. That sometimes is my temptation anyway.

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Kameraphil wrote:

Some people want to sell it may be because they want something smaller, like a native micro 4/3rd. That sometimes is my temptation anyway.

Thanks for the reply, Lory. I'm glad I don't have to speculate.

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I just had my 12-60 repaired
In reply to Loryh, 8 months ago

Loryh wrote:

Hi all;

I thought I would keep my 12-60mm lens to use with my E-M1, but decided to go with the M.12-40 instead.

If you have been thinking of adding this stellar lens to your collection, I've posted mine for sale on the for sale forum.

Regards,

Loryh

I just had my 12-60 repaired.

It is and will remain my main workhorse on the FT cameras and they are not up for retirement yet!

Truth be told I had not yet really tried the 12-60 on my µFT camera (the E-M5) because I always found the 12-50 to be satisfactory (not wow! but good enough and quite versatile).  But with the darker winter months around, I may try it, because the Panasonic 14-50 was not a bad match ergonomically.

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Re: The 12-40 is compared to the 14-35 yet...
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Where have you seen or heard that the image quality of the 12-40 is better than the 12-60swd? Certainly not from what I have seen! Now the 14-35 is a different beast all together and will better either of the other two lenses in overall image quality.

Unless you are really really concerned with size, I would (and have) rent (borrow) and compare. From what I have seen and read the two lenses produce comparable image quality with the 12-60 slightly better at certain f stops and the 12-40 has the advantage of f/2.0 throughout it's entire range. But then again, one also should take into account the extra reach available when using the 12-60.

For me, as a walking around lens the 12-60swd is always mounted on my E-M1. If I think I might need better low light capabilities, the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 does the job pretty well and fits in my pocket.

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stiger wrote:

I thought they compared the 12-40 to the 14-35?

I think most people who have both 12-40mm and 12-60mm SWD and still favors 12-40mm is because it's compact, not because it's better than 12-60mm SWD.  I am in the process of buying back 12-40mm for sales discount reason.  While I fully aware it's not the same league as 12-60mm SWD (12-60mm SWD is better optically corrected, much less CA, if any CA at all under normal circumstance), but for m4/3 cameras, it's so far the best native zoom yet.  If you can tolerate just a tad less performance than 12-60mm SWD (and don't mind software correction), 12-40mm has a lot to go for.

People who compare 14-35mm SWD to 12-40mm probably have never used a SHG before, and only compare them due to both are constant aperture lenses, which of course, tell you nothing about IQ.  IQ wise, 12-40mm is slightly less than 12-60mm (both are very great), and of course, both are below 14-35mm SWD.  Olympus said 12-40mm is comparable to HG, and the all IQ comparisons I've seen prove that.

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Re: I just had my 12-60 repaired
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RoelHendrickx wrote:

I just had my 12-60 repaired.

It is and will remain my main workhorse on the FT cameras and they are not up for retirement yet!

Truth be told I had not yet really tried the 12-60 on my µFT camera (the E-M5) because I always found the 12-50 to be satisfactory (not wow! but good enough and quite versatile). But with the darker winter months around, I may try it, because the Panasonic 14-50 was not a bad match ergonomically.

E-M5 and the 12-60 in low light?  Sounds like a recipe for failing to lock focus.  The only m4/3 body either of those lenses has a chance of focusing on in low light is the E-M1.  Still not perfect, but at least marginally competent.

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In reply to Loryh, 8 months ago

I'm glad to see you're promoting your thread in the For Sale forum here on Olympus SLR Talk. The 12-60 is a fine lens that should out-perform any m4/3 standard zoom lens available today.

I don't have a 12-60 but I do have an Olympus E-5 and 9 High Grade and Super High Grade lenses, plus accessories for the camera and padded lenses pouches listed in the For Sale forum.

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