After getting the 50-200swd I had to get the 12-60 2.8-4 swd!

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by bbarnett51, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
    Found a like new copy of the 12-60 2.8-4 with adapter for $300 on eBay. I've read that this is a very nice lens. If it performs as well as the 50-200 2.8-3.5, I'll be thrilled!!
    I'm going to use this lens for a whole lot. Landscape, star trails, portraits, and family shots.
    Pretty excited!
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  2. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I have been using mine for almost 7 years now, including the last year and a half with my E-M1. While I did pick up the Panasonic 12-35/2.8 last summer, I still find the ol' 12-60mm keeps ending back on the camera. Its main strength is it is one of the very few Oly lenses (perhaps the only one that is above the standard grade lenses of the time) that offers over 3x optical zoom giving you a full 5x with very good image quality through out the range. A very versatile lens.
  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    These older 4/3 lenses are optically very good and work well on the E-M1 with its PDAF. However, they're all a bit big and bulky - even before you add the m43 adapter. If this isn't an issue, then they now represent astonishingly good value for money. The 35-100 f2 is an amazing lens for example.
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  4. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    The 12-60mm used to be my main lens. Hardly ever had to take it off except to use the 50mm F2, but I did find it too bulky with the EM5. Had I got the EM1 first, I might have felt different, but it is kinda big now relatively speaking. But the nice things is with M43, is you have so many choices or bodies and lenses for different needs.
  5. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    this thread likely belongs in Adapted Lenses, not Olympus bodies.
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Add the old 11-22 and 14-54 in there, too. Right now at KEH, you could get the 11-22/14-54/50-200 trio, all f2.8-3.5, for $670 total! That was a dream kit for 4/3 ten years ago, and very high end stuff. They'll even sell you an E-30 for under $300 to go with it.
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  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    The only things I didn't like about the 12-60 were:
    - Lens hood, or as I referred to it... F****** Piece of S***. Every time I tried to remove it, I swore it was going rip the front element off along with it.
    - Slight mustache effect at 12mm...totally correctable in post.

    Otherwise, it's a helluva work horse lens. Very sharp.
    Here's a favorite of mine taken with the E-5 and 12-60 @ 12mm
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  8. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Ya, I have to "lube" mine once in a while. I use silicone spray. Spray a little on a paper towel then wipe down the hood's thread with it.

    And some people HAVE ripped off the front of the lens with the hood, although the front element doesn't come off, just the plastic frame/bezel on which the hood mounts. It breaks the three posts at which the front bezel is mounted. So anyone who has the issue right now, try cleaning and lubing the threads of the hood (silicone, rubbing your finger on your forehead or nose and then rubbing the threads, pencil lead (graphite), etc. are all tricks I have read).
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  9. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    It does!
    The 12-60mm is definitely a less costly alternative to the 12-35 f/2.8 or 12-40mm f/2.8 on the E-M1. I didn't have the problems with the lens hood others had but I usually take some graphite and wipe on the lens hood mounts of all of my lenses.

    This image lost a lot of detail when resized - but the bird on the left the beak, feathers and eye are tack sharp.

    Here is a 100% crop - click for full size
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  10. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
    Just got it today. Testing it on the kids today then some night photography tonight.
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  11. NWright

    NWright Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 13, 2014
    I'd love thoughts and opinions of your new addition! Any comparison of size on or off the camera (with the adapter) with more of the well know m4/3 lenses would be especially great. The announcement of the panny 12-60 is the only thing holding me back from picking up one of these (and possibly the size/weight of the final setup).
  12. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The half-life of digital equipment is surprisingly short.

    I'd go for the 12-60 over the 11-22 and 14-54 though. The 11-22 doesn't have the mustache distortion of the 12-60, and goes a bit wider, but the 12-60 is sharper, has less CA and is vastly more flexible.
  13. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have been deliberating over getting the ZD12-60 SWD lens & especially since missing out on a bargain price last weekend for the M.ZD12-40 lens (AU$699) which is the discount amount for the E-M1 & 12-40 kit price minus the body only price from the seller. However, with a 12-60 lens in Melbourne going for AU$540 & no lens cap I thought I'd wait for this complete boxed one on ebay (in Sydney) & have just won the bid for about $200 cheaper (bidding in the last 30 seconds, of course). Now to wait for it to arrive. :rolleyes:  :) 
    I will only be able to use it on my E-M1 (for best AF results) & also on my old E-30 (DSLR) for which both the 12-60 & 50-200 SWD lenses (bought a year ago) would have been great on that camera back then when it was the camera I used (I did have the 14-54 II lens though). Some things just come much later for those that wait. :(  ;) 
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  14. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
    So I did my first photoshoot using the 12-60. I found it to be an awesome lens. The focal range covered just about every situation. The focus was really fast and accurate. I came from Canon so the lens didn't feel big BUT it is definitely a bulky lens for m43. This is a high performance lens and I love the extra range on the long end! 2016-03-20-17-18-11.
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  15. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
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  16. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Very nice bbarnett51. :thumbup: I hope my 12-60 when it arrives (in a day or two) will be just as awesome. Meanwhile, while waiting..... :popcorm2: :coffee-30: I better go & do some work.

    While I have the 14-54 II lens that works OK on the E-M5 (to go with the 50-200 on the E-M1) I am hoping that having to use the 12-60 on the E-M1 will work out well.

    BTW, I'd love to be able to see the EXIF & also to know where these were taken.


    EDIT: I received my 12-60 tonight with a late parcel post delivery & it looks to be good & works well & great for the price I got it for. :yahoo:
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  17. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
    It's been very nice for landscape as well.
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  18. m43renegade

    m43renegade Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 23, 2015
    glad you love it. i had mine and i cant leave it at home when going to nature photoshoot.
  19. bbarnett51

    bbarnett51 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 23, 2015
    This continues to be an awesome lens. I'm torn on what to do with it. I really want to the 12-40 for its smaller size and constant 2.8. However, I find the addition 40-60mm range to be very nice! I have it listed on this site so I can buy the 12-40 but im still not sure that's smart. I need the 2.8 for star photography but I only tend to use it at 12mm so this lens works. Interesting. Here's another star trail photo FB_IMG_1462728413811.
  20. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    I bought the Panny 12-35/2.8 for those two reasons, but still use it interchangeably with my old trusty ZD 12-60mm. I personally have found that one doesn't replace the other so am happily keeping both in use. Perhaps you will find the same?
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