12-50 vs 12-32mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tkbslc, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    This is a follow up to my other thread, but I've narrowed it down a bit. I'm interested in trading my P 14-42 II for a zoom lens that starts at 12mm. Since I have a nice prime setup covering the range, I'm not interested in spending enough for an f2.8 zoom like the 12-40. So that leaves the 12-32mm vs 12-50. I think the zoom range and macro function of the 12-50 would be great. The 12-32 might be better at 12mm and gives a pancake setup. I also have a GX7 so the 12-32 gives stabilized video. Obviously small size is nice, but I'm not obsessed with it.

    Stopped down 12mm performance for landscapes and travel shots is pretty important to me, as my primes don't go that wide. I have the 60mm macro, but I'm not into macro that much, so I think the 12-50 could replace it.

    Anyone want to decide for me? Or should I buy both? :)
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    12-32 and don't forget one of the auto-caps for it.
  3. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    Ditto for the 12-32. I've never used a 12-50 but a friend traded his in for a 12-40. We briefly compared 12-32 against 12-40 and surprised at the sharpness of the 12-32. The 12mm setting on the 12-32 is quite sharp even wide open and better when stopped down.
  4. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I have both... and can't quite get rid of either.

    -Better at the edges at 12mm

    -More range

    When I'm travelling I always bring the 12-50, around town I take the 12-32.
  5. gravijaflare

    gravijaflare Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2014
    A planet called Gaia
    another point to consider is if you do a lot of manual focusing since the 12-32mm does not have a focus ring.
  6. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Another vote for the 12-32 unless the macro or weather sealing are important to you. I recently sold my 12-50 for the 12-32, yes I also use the auto lens cap for the 14-42 EZ on the 12-32.
  7. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    32mm on the "long" end just doesn't cut it for me. If we are going to forget long then I'd chose a 9-18. (yeah, I know you said 12mm)
  8. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Like everyone said, it is a personal preference and yes there is a place for both.

    • Pancake
    • Very sharp
    • IS
    • Goes up to 50mm
    • Macro
    • Weather-sealed
    Now, for me, I don't do much macro and have other lenses I could grab if I need to do macro. My cameras aren't weather-sealed so that does me no good. I have a 50mm f1.7 that shreds the 12-50 to pieces so I don't really need that long end. 12-32 has the size I want to make my GM1 a sharp, stabilized P&S. And that's what I have.
  9. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Only problem with the 12-32, is that I'm going to talk myself into getting it in a GM1 kit... :rolleyes-38:
  10. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    If you don't do much macro, and already have a macro lens (which is even a telephoto), and use non-weather sealed Panasonic bodies, I'd go with the 12-32. You have plenty of other telephoto options that can make up for the shortness of the 12-32.
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  11. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Yea - 12-32 is a great lens, esp at 12mm. I can't detect a noticeable difference in sharpness between it and the 12-35 or the Oly 12. It's that good.
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  12. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    If I still had my PL5 or had a GM1 or 5, the 12-32 would be a no brainer. With the 60 you already have, you'd have most of the bases covered. The 60 makes a fine short telephoto, and it doubles as a great macro lens.

    On the other hand, I experienced a lot of rainy days on a trip to Japan a couple of years ago, and my weathersealed EM5 and 12-50 survived it and allowed me to shoot when I'd otherwise put the camera away. When you're traveling, you can't depend on having clear days all the time. I'd take my weathersealed gear, which means choices are limited. Now that I have an EM1 w/12-40, that's my main travel combo.
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