The F2.8 choice, 12-40mm vs 12-35mm

Started Sep 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
rrr_hhh Veteran Member • Posts: 6,022
Re: The F2.8 choice, 12-40mm vs 12-35mm

azazel1024 wrote:

I guess it just depends. Do you need the closer focus? It is double the reproduction size of the Panny (well, close). It also goes to 40mm, which is not an inconsiderable difference depending on what you are shooting. It also is a constant length where as the Panny is a dust pumper (made up term). The weather sealing may also be better on the Olympus, but that is pure conjecture, I have heard of no problems with the Panasonic's weather sealing.

77g is a fair amount heavier, but it is only 20%, it isn't half again or double the weight.

We'll have to wait to see optical quality.

I deffinitely have to say though, unless the 40-150/2.8 comes in a huge weight/size penalty on the Panasonic 35-100/2.8, a set of Olympus 12-40/2.8 and 40-150/2.8 would probably be a lot more flexible than the Panasonic 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8. Without having used any of the discussed lenses, the Pany 12-35 seems pretty solid, but from what I have seen the 35-100 is a little weak, especially wide open and on the longer end. I could deffinite (okay, fingers crossed) see the Olympus 40-150/2.8 being a lot better optical quality. It could be, but no idea.

This may be a little optimistic : usually a wider range (40-150 instead of 35-100) implies more compromises. So you may have to lower your expectations. Anyway, it is way too early to make any conclusions. I will never buy a lens only based on the specs. I'll wait to hear how these two zooms fare before anything. Let's hope they are up to the 12-60mm IQ while still being lighter. All I could say is "finger crossed".

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