12-35mm f/2.8: What's the verdict?

Started Sep 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bob Meyer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,375
Re: Do you shoot test charts, or make photographs?

I don't think I tried to say that price doesn't matter. I specifically said it's expensive. Whether it's worth that price is something each person has to decide for themselves.

But I suspect in the EU it's still not more expensive than a 12, 17 and 20 combined. Almost every lens will drop in price over time. And if I could get a Ferrari for $1600, you bet I'd buy one.

As far as the comparison to the 14-45 goes, I think it's Photozone that's off here. No other reputable tests have shown similar results. Maybe they had a bad sample, but the lens is better than what they show.

In the end, this lens, like every other lens, isn't the right choice for everybody. You, and every other potential buyer, need to weigh the benefits it offers against the costs (monetary and otherwise) and decide if it's worth that to you.

kelly15 wrote:

Here in EU we have to add a consideration to what described above: the cost.

I know this is not a key point for many, but translated in US dollars it costs 1600 bucks here while in US can be bought for less than 900. Shall not we consider this in view of the fact that it is mosty compared with the 14-45 kit lens?

I do not own it but before take in consideration I would like to see a drop in price and, mainly, some relly good picture. ( by the way I'm one of those which bought a 14mm f. 2.5 for 430 Euro ( 550 USD) and nowI see it on sale new for 215 USD at Amazon).

I know you refer to quality and performance but the price must be always considered: a brand new Ferrari is a good car, let me say extremely good, but are ready to pay for it any price?

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I've stopped thinking in terms of "equivalent" focal lengths on m43. 25mm is what it is, and what it might be similar to on some other format doesn't matter to me any more. We need to learn what to expect from our current equipment, not keep mapping it to the old. No one refers to their 50mm FF lens as "equivalent to 80mm on MF."

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