12-35 Alternative?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tjdean01, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    I know there is no alternative to the 12-35/2.8 except for the fast 4/3s Olympus zoom but that costs even more money.

    I have the Olympus 14-42 and while I'm happy with its performance from 14-30, after that the sharpness really tails off.

    So, I'm asking, what is the next best lens out there for a lower price than the 12-35? I know Olympus and Panasonic make several in the range but I don't know which are sharp and affordable. I wish Sigma would make a fast 1.8 like they have for DSLRs.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    If Sigma does make one at f/1.8 I am pretty sure the price would be up there with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 though... :smile:

    If you want great IQ at lower costs to cover the shorter and longer end of that range I think the only way to do it is with primes.

    The 14mm f/2.5 + 45mm f/1.8 is probably the cheapest way to go IMHO
     
  3. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    You could try and get hold of a Panasonic 14-45mm lens, they are very god value if you want a sharp zoom lens.
     
  4. afrat

    afrat Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I keep hearing mixed reviews on this lens, but I really would like a zoom for a trip I am taking soon. I currently own the 14mm prime, would it be worth it to trade/sell it for the 14-45 zoom?
     
  5. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    What are you hearing that's mixed? As a kit zoom lens, this lens has an amazing reputation. Yes, it is not fast, but otherwise it is a well loved lens by most who own it.

    --Ken
     
  6. stevendotwang

    stevendotwang Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 13, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Steven W
    How about this:

    Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II + MMF-3

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    Sharp + Weather Sealed + Fast + R..A...N....G.....E
     
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    IMHO, "our market" is soooooo ripe for a Tamron/Sigma/Tokina alternative to the Lumix series that it's not even funny....

    Hopefully one day....:smile:
     
  8. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Wait three more weeks and Olympus will announce the direct f/2.8 alternative (focal lengths TBC though). :wink:
     
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    At a Tamron price? :biggrin:
     
  10. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    One can dream... :biggrin:
     
  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    And it's sharper than Panny 12-35 mm , costs half of the price :drinks:
     

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  12. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    probably AF's half as slow as well? :wink::biggrin:
     
  13. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Another vote for the P14-45. Sharp throughout the range.
     
  14. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I don't think so, i've owned both versions of the 14-54 and never were that impressed with it, it's totally outclassed by the 12-60 and from my experience the 12-35 and 12-60 are on par.

    Paul

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  15. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    I have both these lenses and the 12-35mm is sharper. The 14-54 is a nice lens but it falls a little behind the 12-35mm.
    If you want a really sharp 4/3 lens then try the 11-22mm it leaves the 12-35mm behind in all areas except auto focus on M4/3 bodies.
     
  16. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Agree. Where are these "mixed" reviews? I've read nothing but positives about the 14-45mm, and that's entirely consistent with my own experience using it. It's an amazing lens.
     
  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Lol... Not slower than Fuji yet .. Having said that I started to appreciate X100 more after using EOSM ... The slowest Mirrorless award goes to Canon EOS M :clap2::clap2::clap2::dance3:
     
  18. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    Haha ohh... you know that slow focus on Fuji is a feature. Make it fast and people will start complaining it's not old school anymore :biggrin::wink:
     
  19. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hahaahahaah u mean glass is half full :happy-084::happy-084: but jokes apart .. X100 is quie fast actually and especially after firmware update . Having said that I mostly shoot in manual mode on Fuji .
     
  20. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven

    of course!! :biggrin: It's the only way to be happy with any system. Look at all the shortcomings in a positive way :biggrin:

    You mean Manual focus on Fuji? It's part of the "Old School" package too. :happy-084: