'Normal' range Pro lens choice?

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'Normal' range Pro lens choice?

I'm looking to get one of the 'normal' range Pro zooms [normal == lens includes 25mm] to supplement my 12-200 travel zoom [and pair of 'R' lenses] mostly for use with my M1.2 body.

The usual suspects include

  • 12-40 f/2.8
  • 12-45 f/4
  • 12-100 f/4
  • 8-25 f/4
  • 12-60 f/2.8-4

The 12-whatever range zooms duplicate some of the range of the travel zoom.

Only the 12-45 is notably smaller than the 12-200.

The 8-25 offers some additional wide angle choices that I have not used in any format. [most expensive of the bunch]

The 12-40 is the 'natural' lens selection for the M1 body - but I have seen comments about users replacing it with the 12-100 as their everyday lens.

The 12-45 is missing the manual focus 'clutch' - but would balance nicely even on smaller bodies like my M10.2

I recently rented the 12-100 and was happy with it except for one photo opportunity [small aircraft landing at sunset on the tip of Cape Cod] where I would have preferred the 12-200

So, with one of the 'usual suspects' would you put on your list with the current [through 5 December] pricing??

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