Zoom Rotation Direction - Panny vs Oly

Started Dec 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
ryan2007 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,001
Re: Zoom Rotation Direction - Panny vs Oly

DeepBlue2 wrote:

Ok, so I got the OM-D for Christmas with the 14-42 and 40-150. Love the camera and the lenses, but the zoom rotation direction is opposite from Nikon. That is, you turn the barrel in the opposite direction to increase/decrease the focal length. This is mildly annoying, but I figured I'd get used to it with time. It may take a while to overcome decades of habit, but so be it.

Now, I get the Panasonic 12-35 and I see that it uses the same rotation direction as Nikon. What? There is no standard on this for m43? Is Olympus the only company that makes zoom lenses that rotate this way?

I think this will drive me crazy in time. I may stick with Panasonic zooms just for this reason. I did a quick search using the terms "zoom rotation" and didn't see any threads about this. Am I the only one that finds this lack of standardization odd?

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I've read most of the threads and I understand if your new so it takes getting used to like anything. This is a guess but maybe it has to do with how the internal workings of the lens do their part.  Maybe some lenses has stabilization and some don't, maybe some have low dispersion elements ED or LD what have you that make a difference how everything needs to line up as you zoom.

i don't think it is an arbitrary thing, it must be for a reason.

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