Is the 12-40mm good enough to forego 12mm, 17mm, 25mm and 45mm primes?

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Questions thread
MatsP
MatsP Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
Re: Some blur - closeup bokeh not great?

I notice in #2, and to some degree #4, the bokeh is not all that pleasing - very similar to the kit lens in similar conditions. I've always assumed the 12-40 would handle this better, but maybe it's just a limitation of the conditions - many outdoor closeups include OOF objects that are a bit too close and with hard edges (branches, sticks, etc), leading to harsh bokeh.

Are there any lenses that do a better job of this, maybe the 60 macro? The ZD 35 macro produces very nice bokeh but still struggles in the conditions.

Well, bokeh is not what this lens excels in.This is something that several reviewers, like Lenstip for instance, have remarked and I agree. But it excels in other things indeed. You can't have it all.

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