Buy Panasonic 12-35 and sell 25 mm ?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by nishendu, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. nishendu

    nishendu Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas TX
    I love the Panasonic 25 mm lens but I need something more versatile. How well does Panasonic 12-35 work at 25 mm? Does it feel really heavy?
  2. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    I decided to skip the 12-35 because of it's size went I switched from a D300 to an E-P3. To cover that range I used 2 primes my 12 & 45mm lens. Since you have the 25mm already I would add the primes.

    The 12mm is perfect in all indoors situations, works well for landscapes too. I prefer wides lenses for close and personal images. My 45mm is my favorite lens for everyday use.
  3. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    So which weighs LESS - the 25 1.4 + 45 1.8 OR the 12-35 2.8. The answer the 12-35 2.8 weighs less 305g v 316g for the prime combination. In other words, the 12-35 is a pretty lightweight alternative to any 'combination' of primes.

    As for sharpness, I find that the 12-35 2.8 is sharper wide open than the 25 1.4. Once the 25 1.4 is stopped down it probably does a little better than the 12-35 2.8. In general the 12-35 is a pretty fair match for the primes although the primes might individually have a small edge.
  4. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I've got both and I will never sell either. They have different functions in my opinion.
  5. ^^ yup ^^

    Zoom vs prime... personal preference.

    I prefer primes.. but man.... twin boys plus an older son with loads of energy really makes you appreciate the convenience of a zoom.
  6. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    I might someday pick up that 25 everybody is raving about, even if I have the 12-35 and 20. :biggrin:

    Versatile = 12-35.
  7. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    If I had to give up all other lenses and keep one m43 lens, it would be the 12-35. I love that lens. It rivals my canon 24-70II on my 5DIII.
  8. Anthonys

    Anthonys Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    I just decided to buy the PL25 instead of the 12-35, details in another thread but in summary my findings were the 12-35mm is like a set of primes in one in terms of sharpness. It is expensive but actually about the same if you factor in it's equal to buying at least two primes.

    The cheaper (and a little lighter) option for you would be to pick up the 14mm pancake. You'd get slightly sharper images at 25mm and slightly softer images at 14mm - main difference is you'd have to change lenses though.
  9. nishendu

    nishendu Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Thanks. Very helpful. I will keep both for a while and then sell the 25 if I don't use it.
  10. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    The 2 stops greater aperture of the 25m can be invaluable sometimes. OTOH, when you don't need the extra light gathering or shallow DOF of the f/1.4, the zoom is very good quality, and very versatile. I have the zoom, and a 20mm f/1.7 for when I need the extra speed.
  11. gugarci

    gugarci Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    Lyndhurst, NJ
    I'm not doing the math but I bet my everyday kit with my body, the 12mm & 45mm lens is lighter than your kit with your body with your 12-35. Not too mention my kit is small and discrete. That's why I no longer own a a Nikon D300. That was my point. I'm not a fan of the so called 50mm view, never have. I rather have a wide lens and a tele. My next lens will be the 75mm or the 60mm macro. The focal range of the 17mm 20mm and 25mm can be easily replicated by taking a couple of steps forward and doing some post processing work for the added distortion.
  12. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    I'm kind of a prime lens user. Not really a fan of the 50mm (35mm film)FOV, either. I think a 17 and 45 are a great combo; would have gone that route if the 17 1.8 were as good as the 45.
    As it is, I got the 14 since it's really good, tiny, and cheap to boot; the 45 because it's great; and the 50 because I love it, despite the FOV. Would get a 12-35 zoom but for the size and price. I guess I'm just cheap.
  13. nishendu

    nishendu Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Conclusion: Do not sell the 25 Prime. Buy the Panasonic or wait for the new Olympus that has been rumored. While at it, try and buy the latest camera too
  14. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I sold the 25mm f/1.4 to help fund the 12-35 f/2.8 because I wanted a good general purpose 'walking around' lens that could still be reasonably fast. I'm pretty impressed with the 12-35. If one wanted a bit better low light performance, the 25mm f/1.4 is a really really good lens. I may one day pick up another one if I should want a few primes.

    Being a hobbyist, zooms are perfectly fine for me.
  15. Qiou87

    Qiou87 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2013
    Paris, France
    I have the 20mm f/1.7 but since I purchased the 12-35mm, I rarely use the former except when I go for the smallest kit possible or plan on shooting at night. The 12-35mm f/2.8 is just wonderful as an all-rounder, and personnally I find it performs better than my 24-105L used to on a 5D Mk II. The fact it's the size of a 18-55mm APS-C kit zoom sealed it for me.

    Primes are wonderful but switching lenses a lot is not for everyone, especially if you travel with other people (non-photographers) and visit dirty/windy/humid places where exposing the sensor might not be the smartest thing to do.
  16. Faceinthecrowd

    Faceinthecrowd Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 29, 2011
    Thanks thats really helping me make up my mind on getting the 12-35 for my first foray into micro 43rds
  17. Qiou87

    Qiou87 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 15, 2013
    Paris, France
    No worries, I was scared as well when I dumped all my FF gear for m4/3. That was just at the beginning of july but I didn't regret it for a second when travelling this summer.

    And I gave the same advice to my dad, who's also looking to sell his FF gear for the same reasons (so big he's actually not carrying it with him at all, even on vacation now that he's got a GF3 + 20mm). OM-D + 12-35mm is a wonderful combo and I enjoy using it - even more than the DSLR which was excellent but so heavy after a while! I think the new 12-40mm from Olympus could also be a serious all-rounder for people who just want the best image quality without going for 3 primes instead.

    I guess everyone's different, but it's hard to beat the convenience of a 24-70mm (equiv.) f/2.8 zoom, and the 12-35mm f/2.8 is a beast of a lens (rated the #1 zoom for Olympus OM-D E-M5 by DxO Mark by the way).
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