Olympus versus Panasonic f/2.8 standard zoom observations

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Re: Olympus versus Panasonic f/2.8 standard zoom observations

Samuel Dilworth wrote:

I visited the Salon de la Photo camera show the other day and got my hands on a few Micro Four Thirds lenses.

I immediately learned things I hadn’t picked up from reviews and YouTube videos.

Now, sadly the Olympus lens had a security tether while the Panasonic was loose. That may have affected my impressions because it interfered with holding the lens (why do companies hamper themselves like this at shows?). All the same …

Comparing the Panasonic 12–35 mm with the Olympus 12–40 mm:

The Olympus zooms in the wrong direction when turned! Yikes. (Or the Panasonic is wrong if you’re coming from Canon.) That might rule out mixing brands of zoom lenses although not primes. This throws a wrench in my planning.

Do any of you mix zooms despite this?

I had an Olympus 9-18 among my Panasonic zooms.  The difference in zoom directions was annoying but isn't enough to stop me from buying an Olympus lens.  I tend to stick with Panasonic, though, because their combination of performance/size/weight best matches my reasons for using the micro four thirds system.

I just spent the past 4 days walking around a city with two bodies and the following lenses in a waist pack: 15/1.7, 25/1.4, 8-18/2.8-4, 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8.  It was a kind of test run to ensure that I'd be ok with walking with that much for 14 days in Japan.  That's as heavy as I was willing to go (ended up removing a table top tripod and a few odds and ends to make the weight more bearable).

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