I want a fast zoom!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by slothead, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I've got some great zooms (14-42, 14-140, 100-300) but none of them is any faster than 3.5 (and gets slower as zoomed), and I've got some great fast primes (12/2.0, 45/1.7, 75/1.7, 20/1.7) but on the street I have to be changing these constantly (and in the dark that can be a challenge). So what I would really like is an auto-focus 12 - 85mm zoom at least 2.8 fast (but ideally 1.7 throughout the range). What are my best options?
  2. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    There is only one native AF fast zoom that you describe: Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8.
  3. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
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    Nobody makes (or has ever made) an f/2.8 zoom with that kind of zoom range. Your best option is a Panasonic 12-35mm and a 35-100mm f/2.8 - not cheap, though.
  4. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
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    I love my 12-35 and would highly recommend it. I am kind of Luke warm on the 35-100. Image quality is just not on par with the 12-35.
  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    a 12-80 1.7, sure why not. You might need a baby carriage to carry it though!:2thumbs:
  6. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Haha! I can't imagine it being all that much bigger than my 75/1.7. but who knows - I am no lens/optics designer.
  7. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I will go research the 12-35, but that still falls short of my needs. Thanks for the leads you guys.

    ... edit ...

    Hmmm. $1300 - quite a bit for a $1000 camera, but the glass can be the best part of an optical system, so I wouldn't question it... Unless... is there anything on the horizon that will outdo it?

    It looks to be about the same size as my 14-140, f/slow... I was going to ask if it uses the same hood, but it couldn't because it could infringe on the 12mm end of the range.

    Thanks again all,
  8. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 13, 2012
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    David Dornblaser
    There are rumors that Olympus will be unveiling a fast zoom this year ...........
  9. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
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    go for 12-35 and 35-100....
  10. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Think you will have a long wait for your fast lens!!

    Olympus managed a 14-35 and a 35- 100 constant f2 zoom for the 4/3 cameras.

    as you can see the 35-100 wasn't small!!! or inexpensive - if you were to get both lenses you would not have much change out of 5000 dollars!!


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  11. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
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    Since we're in fantasy land lets make that 12-80 1.7 collapsible :tongue: If this lens exists I doubt I will ever need any other lenses.
  12. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    For not more than $450 you can get a 4/3 14-54 MKII and an adapter. The MKII is 2.8-3.5 and equal to the 12-35 in every way except AF and 24mm vs 28mm on the wide end, but 70 vs. 108 on the long and a 1/2 stop slower. Size also, is a consideration, but neither will go in a pocket. The AF is about like the 20mm 1.7. Unless your shooting lowlight action, it won't bother you.
  13. Wizard Steve

    Wizard Steve Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2013
    Provence, France
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    David Ricketts
    The rumour is that Olympus will announce a weather sealed 12-40 f2.8 this month. It should presumably be smaller/lighter than the Panasonic 12-35 because it won't be image stabilised. I doubt however that it will be cheaper though as it'll be new and shiny. It may of course push Panasonic into making their 12-35 more attractive in some way (i.e. cheaper).
  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    To add approximately 60 more focal lengths at the same speed lens as your 75mm with 1 focal length? Damn straight it'll be larger, lol! Much larger! Prime lenses are small and fast and sharp because they only need to be made for one focal length.

    In fact Olympus was the first and I think still the only DSLR manufacturer who makes constant f/2 top-pro zoom lenses.
  15. w7ox

    w7ox Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2010
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    Phil Wheeler
    Surprising comment. I have both and really like both equally. The reviews I've read (CameraStuff, LensTip, PhotoBLOG) seems to rate the 35-100 a tad higher.

    Now if there would be a 100-300 f/2.8 or even a prime at 200 or 300 of equal speed and quality.
  16. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Yes a 200 f2.8 and a 300 f4.:dance3:
  17. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    An Oly 12-40 f2.8 would be really interesting - esp if its smaller due to lack of IS. Even better if it were cheaper than the Panasonic 12-35. How reliable are the rumours?
  18. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    What's funny is after using the 35-100mm this past weekend..I LOVE it. It actually sat in my closet for a few weeks while I've been using the 12-35mm so much.
  19. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
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    Ciaran Reilly
  20. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I think that the 12-35mm is quite a bit smaller (lighter) than the 14-140mm.