12-35mm vs 12-40mm size and photo compare

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ntblowz, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    From Here



    Macro test:


    @ 12mm



    @ telephoto
    12-35mm @ 35mm

    12-40mm @ 40mm
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  2. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2013
    Nice comparison. I am very interested in this lens. I kind of want to sell my 14mm & 45mm to fund it. Leaving me with this and the 20mm.

    Just not sure I can bring myself to spend the £. We shall see. . . .
  3. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It is smaller than most kit lenses for APS systems! And remember this is an f2.8 lens and not the crappy f3.5- whatever kit zooms. I am very happy to trade off some size for speed and IQ!
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  5. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    If you click the link there is a lot more photos there
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  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Looking good. The close-focus is particularly impressive.
  7. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    May 16, 2013
    The 12-35 is slightly wider at the short end than the 12-40. Quality is (as expected) fairly indistinguishable (thus far) and probably less than sample variation within either individual lens model.
  8. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    Just looking at this thread, I would go with 12-35mm.

    It's smaller and I like the color rendition of the lens.

    And personally, I don't need "40mm"

    I can either walk a little closer or if not, can stick a 45mm or 35-100mm
  9. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Thanks for the post. The comparison photos are very nice.

    On the EP-5 the 12-35 already feels big. The 12-40 is bigger but I don't think it is too much bigger to be a deal breaker for anyone who might think the 12-35 is OK.

    It will be interesting to see some of the detailed optical quality reviews but most likely, there will be some minor highs and lows for each lens and a photographer would do well with either one.

    The close focusing of the 12-40 along with the little extra reach is a definite + for Olympus.

    The optical IS (for some) and the smaller size is a definite + for the Panasonic.

    On thing I am interested in would be how these compare to the Olympus HG 4/3 lenses like the 14-45 II and others.
  10. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
    I am very interested in the Olympus because of the manual focusing mechanism with a scale and hard stops. The inability to focus by wire on the Panasonic when trying to do some Astro photography with an Astrotrac is a pain. One has to prefocus to infinity in twilight, switch to manual, and wait a long time till it is dark and hope you do not bump the focus. So that implementation, if done right would be really nice. Looks promising, but I would like to test one. Ming Thein's review looks promising and the bokeh looks good.
  11. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I used to own both versions of the 4/3 14-54 and the 12-60. The 12-35 is overall better than the 14-54's and at least as good as the 2-60.


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  12. waffley

    waffley Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 28, 2012
    This is the comparison I have been waiting for! However I can't see any of the images, it looks like they have been removed.:confused:
    Did the images give any clues to the pros and cons of either lens please?
  13. jjbigfly

    jjbigfly Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 6, 2013
    I cannot see them either.....
  14. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    A picture I put together from a size comparison web site. These are the 12-40 and 12-35 on an E-P5.

    Attached Files:

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  15. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It looks as if they are almost identical in diameter with the Olympus being about a half inch longer{14mm}. Of coarse this is in the collapsed position, wonder how they measure fully extended?

    One thing I will add is that I like the size and position of the zoom/focus rings much better on the Olympus{not that they are bad on the Panasonic}.
  16. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    The Oly has a 62mm filter, the Panny 58mm. That would seem to indicate the Oly is a least a little bit larger in diameter. Which isn't really surprising, since a 40mm f/2.8 lens will pretty much need larger diameter glass than a 35mm f/2.8.
  17. Mike Ronesia

    Mike Ronesia Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 16, 2013
    Mark James
    The Panny 12-35 was next on my wish list until I tried it and then it got bumped down. I'm not saying it got bumped down because I didn't like it, it was because when I tried it I also tried the 35-100 and I really liked the 35-100, which wasn't even on my list.

    Now I'm glad I waited because I can pick from these two after some reviews.
  18. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Not necessarily. If you look the end{where the hood mounts} of the Olympus is wider than the Panasonic but at the mid point they are very close in size. BTW I did take them into photoshop and measure them and they are so close in diameter that it would only be a millimeter or so.
  19. Microman

    Microman Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    I can't compare the lenses, because the images are too small. Are there bigger versions of the comparison images?
  20. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Looks like a win-win situation either way you go!