Olympus 12-40 easily beats the Canon 17-55 at f/2.8 (but not when stopped down).

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Paul De Bra
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Olympus 12-40 easily beats the Canon 17-55 at f/2.8 (but not when stopped down).

My previous camera-lens combination was a Canon 450D with 17-55 lens. When I replaced the Canon by the E-M5 I kept longing for an equivalent lens. Now that I have the 12-40 I can state that technology has really moved on. Below are two pictures I took with the Canon 450D in 2008: one at f/2.8, one at f/8. They are followed by pictures I took today with the E-M5 and 12-40, one at f/2.8, one at f/4 (not stopped down more because wind would cause subject motion blur). Look at the originals: the Olympus 12-40 at f/2.8 blows the Canon 17-55 away. But stopped down there are no meaningful differences to be seen because the images are not under controlled circumstances and also taken 5 years apart and maybe processed differently.

The E-M5 images have been shot at 3:2 so the resulting image size is roughly the same.

Canon 17-55 at f/2.8

Canon 17-55 at f/8

Olympus 12-40 at f/2.8

Olympus 12-40 at f/4

Needless to say I am very happy with my new lens!

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