If the GM-1 was sold as 'Body only' I might be tempted ...

Started Jan 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 4,825
Don't underestimate the quality of the 12-32 lens

ericN2 wrote:

- why should we HAVE to buy a lesser quality lens on the GM-1 to acquire the Body, for the benefits that does give...

I'm not sure how you define 'lesser quality' with respect to the kit 12-32 lens. It is certainly smaller aperture, but the image quality is excellent.

In fact, in some respects its IQ exceeds the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8.

Coincidently, earlier today I did some quick comparisons of the 12-32 and the 12-35 for flare by shooting directly into the sun (about the worst possible situation for flare). Here are the results (the images have no pictorial merit, they were done purely to test the flare):

12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 18mm f/8

12-35mm f/2.8 lens at 18mm f/8

As you can see, the new 12-32 is remarkably free of ghost images, which are arguably more objectionable than the overall veiling effect of strong flare.

The 12-32 is a remarkably good lens, particularly for its small size.

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