Oly 12-50 vs 12-40 - expecting too much?

Started Feb 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
MatsP Senior Member • Posts: 2,282
Re: Oly 12-50 vs 12-40 - expecting too much?

tamras29 wrote:

I do really like my 12-50 despite it's faults, so at an Olympus open day this morning, I was looking forward to taking the 12-40 f2.8 out for a spin on my EM5 with the offer of £100 off usual price this weekend only.

Just been going through the results, and apart from F2.8 all the way through which of course is a great advantage when necessary, and lovely pumpy manual focus ring, I really was it's expecting it's IQ to blow the 12-50 out of the water, which it just did not. Yes it was a tad sharper up the 40mm end, and a tad sharper at the edges wide open, but for at considerably more money, and I really don't thnik it can justify the cost. Better to put the money into a primes I think.

Anyone else had the same thoughts? Thanks.

No, I have absolutely different thoughts. The 12-50mm is optically the worst standard zoom lens I own and have used. Corner sharpness is simply not very good, contrast is rather low.

The 12-40mm beats the primes in its range (2.0/12mm, 1.8/17mm, 1.4/25mm) quite significantly.

So, the 12-40mm is worth the extra money, not only because of the much better build, but also because of IQ.

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I have owned the 12-40 since yesterday but after just s few shots I'm impressed. Very sharp and very nice colors. It's expensive, but I think it's worth it. I love the distance scale when I pull the focus ring back for manual focusing. It was many years since I saw something like that on a modern lens. I had a love-hate relation to the 12-50, now I feel a chance for a more stable relationship

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