Has the black Olympus 12mm lens gone for good?

Started May 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Guy Parsons
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Re: The old prime vs zoom arguments

Olydude wrote:

Guy Parsons wrote:

Olydude wrote:

That's the whole point... You're not learning anything about focal lengths or why they exist, or why there has been standard focal lengths such as 24, 28, 35, 50, 90, 100, and 135mm for such a long time.

Standard focal lengths are there because that's what started being made and unimaginative photographers keep buying them as they become "must haves" for no other reasons than they box their view into those set focal lengths.

OK, you win, I'm over arguing with non-pros why professional photographers have done things for so long the same way and continue to do so, you must know something they don't Guy?

The difference between pros and non-pros is that the pros are getting paid. Quality of results varies from excellent down to tragic for both sets of people.

When a prime photographer wants something in between say 14mm and 17mm to get the perfect frame then he crops, all I do is zoom a little so I get that 15.5mm frame just so. Where's the problem with that?

Everyone else who owns the 12-40 F/2.8 must also know something about the land of milk and honey in terms of low light performance that I don't know about either.

It is an exceptionally nice lens to use.

One dark and not stormy night I had the chance to try 45/1.8 and 75/1.8 lenses on my E-PL5.

They were tragic at attaining AF in the very low light, maybe one in 10 tries hit the spot.

Swapped back to my 12-40mm and in same light it hit AF first time every time at any focal length.

That little experience showed me that in those circumstance the f/1.8 did absolutely nothing for AF performance, in fact it made me miss many shots that I was trying to get. I was totally frustrated by both of the lenses and quickly got rid of them back to the table (Olympus had a table full of things to try that night).

In that particular setup I judged then as useless for very low light, no way I'd spend money on them on the promise that they would make life easier in low light. Of course in good light they would be excellent for getting shallow DOF but I never need that ability, I'm always looking for more DOF. That's one basic reason why I use M4/3 instead of full frame.

Regards....... Guy

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