12-32 vs 14-42 (ii) vs 14-45

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
Allan Brown Senior Member • Posts: 2,481
Re: Olympus System with 12-32 mm ... happy!

Conor OBrien wrote:

Biggstr wrote:

A user perspective: I bought a Panasonic 12-32 mm for use on Olympus camera bodies and I'm very happy with it. I also considered the Panasonic 14-45 mm but decided against it based on size. Formal reviews say the 12-32 is comparable in IQ to the 14-45 ... but the 14-45 is, by comparison, enormous with its lens hood. I've done informal sharpness tests and the 12-32 seems almost equal to the Panasonic 20 mm (but not quite), which is a positive and a confirmation of the quality of the lens. It is definitely sharper than the Olympus 14-42 mm kit zoom.

So have you not missed the ability to manual focus? Or, do you tend not to focus manually on any occasion anyway? It is really the only downside I can see of that lens in comparison to the other two Panasonic lenses I am choosing between.

One other thing, can the 12-32mm lens be used with any type of lens hood? I tend to put a lens hood on all my lenses, simply for protection.

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I do not miss the manual focus. There are plenty of other lenses that do have manual focus. The 12-32's strength and purpose is small size and good IQ. It does not need manual focus.

I never manually focus my 9-18 or 14-45 either. I sometimes do manually focus my 45-200 or my 100-300.

As for a lens hood... while I do use lens hoods on my longer lenses, I do not use them on my 14, 20, 9-18 because, at wide angle, they do nothing really to help and with the 20, it defeats the point of having a pancake. The 12-32 falls into these categories.


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