Borrowed the P12-35....and loved it.

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Livnius, May 20, 2013.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    G'day all.

    I recently had the good fortune to meet in person fellow forum member 'thelaxong'….really nice guy, we chat about family, travel, football and of course photography. We also did a lens swap, my Pana 7-14 for his Pana 12-35…a lens I've been interested in ever since it's announcement.

    I've been interested in a lens like the Pana 12-35 ever since I struggled with continual lens swaps in sketchy conditions whilst on mountain snowboarding in Canada….but its a summer thing too, often when travelling in summer I don't want to be carrying multiple bodies and lenses, in fact, there are days when all I want to be carrying are the board shorts and sun hat that I'm wearing. Sometimes, a big ol' bag with multiple bodies and lenses simply just gets in the way and a 1 lens + 1 body solution is needed…I always saw the P12-35 as potentialy being that go anywhere all weather travel solution.

    The lens is now safely back with it's owner but it left me mighty impressed. At one time or another Ive owned the P7-14, P14, O17, P20, PL25, O45, O75 and the P100-300 and I can say that the P12-35 is absolutely up there with the very best of those lenses. When I shot with it I did a bit of informal testing at 14m, 17mm and 25mm and at each of those focal lengths the P12-35 was at least an equal to the P14, the 23mm f2 Fujinon on the X100S (35mm eqv) and the PL25. Looking back on my shots from those sessions I really had to try damn hard to find any real discernible differences at 100% (both in the centre and at the edges). I mean sure, if you really pixel peeped obsessively or searched the scientific charts found on the net then yeah, differences could be found, but for all practical intents and purposes (for me at atleast) I believe the P12-35 is essentially the equal of just about any m43 prime within its focal range.

    Really impressed by this lens, much smaller and lighter that what I thought, superb build and balances brilliantly on the E-M5. With planned trips to Japan (2 weeks of snowboarding) and Europe (4 weeks summer holidays on the Adriatic coast) I will almost certainly pick this lens up….but since I still have time I will wait to see what if anything Olympus releases in answer…..perhaps Oly will do something smaller, faster, a larger range, optically superior….I don't know, but I will wait it out anyways. To my understanding Oly may announce something in the coming months, if nothing comes of it then I will have no hesitation in buying the P12-35 and possibly even the P35-100 for my travels.

    Heres a bunch of shots I took…had a blast with it and really liked the versatile focal range for urban walkabout shooting.

    A big thanks to thelaxong :2thumbs:

    Melbourne Streets 1. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Melbourne Streets 2. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Melbourne Streets 7. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Melbourne Streets 8. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Melbourne Streets 9. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Melbourne Streets 11. by Livnius, on Flickr

    A day to remember. Treasury Gardens by Livnius, on Flickr

    Flame Tree. Treasury Gardens. by Livnius, on Flickr

    St Pauls by Livnius, on Flickr

    Shot Tower. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Southbank. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Swanston St Bridge. by Livnius, on Flickr

    [explored] Modern Architecture 1. by Livnius, on Flickr

    Modern Architecture 2. Melbourne. by Livnius, on Flickr
  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Love the all, but the first one is fav.
  3. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Dammit. I don't know whether to thank you or not... :biggrin: I love the Lumix 14mm but I can't think how much easier my life would be if I had the 12-35mm zoom. I've been looking for confirmations (like this) that this zoom is as sharp as the 14mm and now it's starting to get even harder to resist... GAS is pretty bad but I'm trying to wait for Olympus' response. :biggrin:
  4. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Thanks for your report and the pictures. Especially liking 8, 10 and 13.

    I am in a similiar position as you. I am hoping Oly is coming out with a fine weather sealed 12-x zoom. We will see how it goes.

    A little off-topic: I am jealous about your upcoming Snowboard trip to Japan.

    And even more off-topic: Since you seem to enjoy traveling, maybe this thread might be something for you:
  5. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    Really like 4 & 9. How did you PP them?

    FWIW, I have the 12-35 and love it as well. Over the last several years, this focal length range covered fully 62% of all of my DX format images. The matching 35-100 would cover another 29%.
  6. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    That first shot is sick Joe!! I want to get a print.
  7. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Great shots. Great use of the 12-35.
  8. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Thanks guys.

    @Kelly. If ever you like one of my shots enough to want a print of it, just say the word bro...maybe one day we can do a swap ? I've always loved your shot "childhood memories".

    Thanks mate.

    All in Lightroom and my usual thing is to start off with a preset of some kind, whatever I think works as a base and from there I will tweak until I've cooked something up that I like. I don't always use presets but sometimes I think they can be really useful as a starting point.

    I think #4 was built around a VSCO film preset.
  9. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Done, I'll pm you later. I'm off to Banff with that fam today!
  10. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    I completely agree with Kelly -- that first shot is sick. I like 4 (excellent shooting from the hip), 9 (really like the clean b&w processing), and 10 (sick archi shot!) as well. May I say the colors on 5 and 10 are superb. Mind me asking where I can the presets for those 2? :biggrin:
  11. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Hey Doc.
    As soon as I get the chance I'll look through the LR history for those 2 shots and PM you the exact details for the processing :thumbup:
  12. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    Love the processing, esp nr 4! Twilightish:)
    Inspiring Photos!
  13. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    This bit interests me as the 25 is one of the few lenses I'm interested in (for sharp standard zoom purposes I have the original 14-45) ;
    :thumbup: Very cool picture, both the subject and the PP.
  14. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    No matter how much slack this lens gets, it delivers.

    I love mine.
  15. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Much, much appreciated. :biggrin: Btw, was there any panning involved for #4 or was the blurring added in post?

    I don't think I've ever heard this lens get a bad rap except for its introductory price.
  16. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Amazing set Joe
  17. jjviegas

    jjviegas Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Porto, Portugal
    Nice nice photos and pp, congrats!
  18. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    Great photos!!

    Never really considered this lens until now although price is a bit steep, for now I'll have to stick with my prime trio :)

    Ps: added you on Flickr.
  19. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Great shots Joe. You showed more restraint than me, I had to do a bunch of reorganizating of my kit but took the plunge on the 12-35mm. I was trying to hold off for the Olympus equivalents as well but decided it wasn't worth waiting anymore. Due to the price it was a hard decision but after a month or so the lens is on the camera 80% of the time and I have no complaints so I guess it has been worth it.
  20. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Very nice. There's a reason the 12-35 doesn't come off the E-M5 very often when I'm travelling....
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