12-50 on EM1 ?

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 13,601
Re: Thanks Anders

The 4/3 12-60's 5x range and near-macro abilities make it the system's best standard zoom, when flexibility is the goal. Doubt we'll ever see its equivalent in µ4/3, but it'd be a welcome option.

Cheers,

Rick

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Franz Weber
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In my opinion a 12-50mm 2.8-4.0 would be the best compromise. It should be no bigger than the 12-35 or the 14-140 II and about 300g. If it was sold at 600-800 € I would buy two of them 😄

That is the gap in the micro four thirds world. Fast pro zooms are too short at the long end and cheaper kit zooms are too long at the short end.

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Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: Thanks Anders

Franz Weber wrote:

In my opinion a 12-50mm 2.8-4.0 would be the best compromise. It should be no bigger than the 12-35 or the 14-140 II and about 300g. If it was sold at 600-800 € I would buy two of them 😄

That is the gap in the micro four thirds world. Fast pro zooms are too short at the long end and cheaper kit zooms are too long at the short end.

Perfect summary!

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MatsP
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About the 12-40

Franz Weber wrote:

I have tried the 45/1.8 and it did give me exactly what I was looking for.

Glad to hear that! I think it's pretty much a must-have. Very good quality at a very good price and diminutive bulk/weight. And it does give you a bit of extra speed on top of the longer reach in comparison with what your 12-35/2.8 can deliver.

Toa bad that I have to swap lenses now when traveling.

Yes, I know what you mean. I also prefer to have my standard zoom reach a bit longer than 70 mm EFL (35 on MFT). The Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 I used with my Pentax APS-C DSLR was great from that point of view (although not from all others). And the Panasonic 14-45/3.5-5.6 that I have so far used with MFT has been all right with respect to long-end reach as well. We'll see how it works out with the Oly 12-40/2.8 I bought recently. Less reach than I'd want but at least a few mm more than the 12-35. Still, I'd have liked it even better if it had been 12-50 or so, even at the loss of that constant f/2.8 aperture.

As you already have the 12-35 I hesitated to recommend the 12-40/2, 8 but if you compare the latter to the 12-50 I dare to say, from my own experience, that you get much better result when cropping from 40 mm than using the 12-50 at 50 mm. Also I think the 12-40 is better for close-ups than the 12-50.

The 45/1, 8 is a very good lens but once you get the 12-40 the need for it decreases.

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Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: About the 12-40

MatsP wrote:

Franz Weber wrote:

I have tried the 45/1.8 and it did give me exactly what I was looking for.

Glad to hear that! I think it's pretty much a must-have. Very good quality at a very good price and diminutive bulk/weight. And it does give you a bit of extra speed on top of the longer reach in comparison with what your 12-35/2.8 can deliver.

Toa bad that I have to swap lenses now when traveling.

Yes, I know what you mean. I also prefer to have my standard zoom reach a bit longer than 70 mm EFL (35 on MFT). The Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 I used with my Pentax APS-C DSLR was great from that point of view (although not from all others). And the Panasonic 14-45/3.5-5.6 that I have so far used with MFT has been all right with respect to long-end reach as well. We'll see how it works out with the Oly 12-40/2.8 I bought recently. Less reach than I'd want but at least a few mm more than the 12-35. Still, I'd have liked it even better if it had been 12-50 or so, even at the loss of that constant f/2.8 aperture.

As you already have the 12-35 I hesitated to recommend the 12-40/2, 8 but if you compare the latter to the 12-50 I dare to say, from my own experience, that you get much better result when cropping from 40 mm than using the 12-50 at 50 mm. Also I think the 12-40 is better for close-ups than the 12-50.

The 45/1, 8 is a very good lens but once you get the 12-40 the need for it decreases.

It does, but not enough that I have any plans getting rid of mine.

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gugarci Senior Member • Posts: 1,559
Re: About the 12-40

Changing lenses takes a couple of seconds. My camera with the 12mm &4 5mm mounted is still small light and discrete. To me that's priceless.

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