EPL 5 with 12mm lens

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David Gore
David Gore Veteran Member • Posts: 4,512
EPL 5 with 12mm lens

I really love this 12mm 2.0 lens…This was held about a foot from her face and I was surprised how little distortion there was…I was going to sell this lens after getting the 12-40 zoom but now I;m glad I didn't…Makes a great lens for the EPL5 Thoughts?

http://www.pbase.com/dsg2/image/154268485

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KTClown
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Re: EPL 5 with 12mm lens

Thanks for posting, I'm still trying to get used to a 60mm Sigma I bought a few weeks ago.

Gary

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James Pilcher
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M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 as a portrait lens?

Santa doesn't seem to mind...

Only 332 days until Christmas

Jim Pilcher
Summit County, Colorado, USA

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Barry Stewart
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KTC, Sigma 60

KTClown wrote:

Thanks for posting, I'm still trying to get used to a 60mm Sigma I bought a few weeks ago.

Gary

What's the major adjustment, Gary? For me, it was/is the tight cropping I get, as I'm used to standing a certain distance away from my subjects, I guess, with my old 14-54 on Oly 4/3. Tight is good... unless I have to fix a tilted photo and lose even more of it.

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Barry Stewart
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As a portrait lens for people — at least for head and shoulders — 12mm is way too close.

I can see it being very useful as a pocketable package, with the E-PL5. I'm amazed how big the E-M1 and 12-40 are, compared to the E-PL5 with 14-42.

I'm certainly going to keep my PL5, as it's a capable shooter in its own right — and more appropriate  for social outings, for example.

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G1Houston
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Re: M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 as a portrait lens?

James Pilcher wrote:

Santa doesn't seem to mind...

As expected when you shoot this close with this lens, his nose and glasses are bigger than they actually are, relative to the rest of his facial features.  This does not mean that we cannot use it to make head shots, we just have to be able to see this in our head to see if the results are desirable or artistic.

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superstar905
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Re: EPL 5 with 12mm lens
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I am very happy with this combo, it lives on my EPL5.   I also have the 45mm and love the pictures I get out of that one, more candid type photo's whereas the 12mm is great for family functions and general photography.

David Gore wrote:

I really love this 12mm 2.0 lens…This was held about a foot from her face and I was surprised how little distortion there was…I was going to sell this lens after getting the 12-40 zoom but now I;m glad I didn't…Makes a great lens for the EPL5 Thoughts?

http://www.pbase.com/dsg2/image/154268485

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Re: EPL 5 with 12mm lens

David Gore wrote:

I really love this 12mm 2.0 lens…This was held about a foot from her face and I was surprised how little distortion there was…I was going to sell this lens after getting the 12-40 zoom but now I;m glad I didn't…Makes a great lens for the EPL5 Thoughts?

http://www.pbase.com/dsg2/image/154268485

So far my fave on the E-PL5 is the 17 1.8.  I wish I had a 14mm Panny to try. The 9-18 is nice on the E-PL5, too.

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KTClown
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Barry Stewart wrote:

As a portrait lens for people — at least for head and shoulders — 12mm is way too close.

I can see it being very useful as a pocketable package, with the E-PL5. I'm amazed how big the E-M1 and 12-40 are, compared to the E-PL5 with 14-42.

I'm certainly going to keep my PL5, as it's a capable shooter in its own right — and more appropriate for social outings, for example.

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Barry

I like mine real well, but need more subjects as it's winter here and I don't like the cold. Makes my old bones ache.

Gary

Pueblo, CO

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KTClown
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Re: KTC, Sigma 60

Barry Stewart wrote:

KTClown wrote:

Thanks for posting, I'm still trying to get used to a 60mm Sigma I bought a few weeks ago.

Gary

What's the major adjustment, Gary? For me, it was/is the tight cropping I get, as I'm used to standing a certain distance away from my subjects, I guess, with my old 14-54 on Oly 4/3. Tight is good... unless I have to fix a tilted photo and lose even more of it.

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Just not used to it as of yet, will take a little time to get right.

Mike, a musician in a band my son plays in.

Members of Suspension 9 an Industrial Band out of Colorado Springs, CO  My son 2nd from the right.

Mike again

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KTClown
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Re: KTC, Sigma 60

Barry Stewart wrote:

KTClown wrote:

Thanks for posting, I'm still trying to get used to a 60mm Sigma I bought a few weeks ago.

Gary

What's the major adjustment, Gary? For me, it was/is the tight cropping I get, as I'm used to standing a certain distance away from my subjects, I guess, with my old 14-54 on Oly 4/3. Tight is good... unless I have to fix a tilted photo and lose even more of it.

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Barry

I few more, I would like to use the 60mm for landscapes.

In the park across from my apartment

Small pond in the park.

Male & female on a cruise.

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James Pilcher
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Santa as a caricature

G1Houston wrote:

James Pilcher wrote:

Santa doesn't seem to mind...

As expected when you shoot this close with this lens, his nose and glasses are bigger than they actually are, relative to the rest of his facial features. This does not mean that we cannot use it to make head shots, we just have to be able to see this in our head to see if the results are desirable or artistic.

The Santa concept itself is a caricature. This image takes advantage of that. Yes, the 12mm can be used for any purpose whatsoever. Some uses are better executed than others, of course.

Jim Pilcher
Summit County, Colorado, USA

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