Lumix 12-35 vs primes

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by ahendarman, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. ahendarman

    ahendarman Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    Agoura Hills, CA
    What would you rather have (with similar prices), for general use
    1. Lumix 12-35 f/2.8
    2. Lumix 14mm + PL25 + Oly 45 + a 14-4x kit lens
  2. Yohan Pamudji

    Yohan Pamudji Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 21, 2012
    Mississippi, USA
    #2 for me. I'd rather have 1-2 stops more light gathering ability and more DOF control than the convenience of a zoom.
  3. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    Just purchased 12-35 (waiting for delivery) so I think you know my answer... Although I have 45mm 1.8 and have not sold 14mm yet.
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    For general use, I'd take the Zoom.....For type specific use, primes....
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  5. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
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    I have the 12-35mm. Great lens. I also have a handful of primes that I will keep. They all have their purposes.
  6. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
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    As RT prefers, for me... general use, travel.. the 12-35/2.8 is compact, no lens swaps to do, awesome optical quality, and the 12mm FOV is important to me; I much prefer the 12mm FOV vs. 14mm.

    Given specific photographic objectives, plenty of time and no problem with carrying a bunch of lenses and swapping them around, I pick the primes, but that 14mm has to be a 12mm for me.

    I have all of the mentioned lenses and must say, the 12-35/2.8 is a stellar performer. Also, as CPWarner mentions.. they're all great lenses. I feel that none of them is a perfect replacement for another... they each have specific attributes which make them desirable.
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  7. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
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    Agreed with Don on both these points; I'd rather the 12mm wide end than a 14mm prime. I also own all of the mentioned lenses, except the 14mm prime - so it was interesting trying to actually pick a choice for the poll, seeing as how I couldn't in real life :tongue:

    My take is lenses like the 45mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.4 are compelling over the 12-35 in their own right for *specific* uses (portraits and low light general use, respectively). For general overall use the 12-35mm makes an excellent choice as it's reasonably fast, *very* sharp, close-focusing, and covers the 12mm wide angle which I enjoy having as an option. So I voted for the 12-35mm, but the reality is I would still want a faster lens or two around for truly low light situations. I also still have the 45mm around for portraits and short telephoto, as the 35mm feels short to me. I find the 12-35 + a 20/25mm and 45mm a nice complementary kit that can be easily carried and covers a wide range of needs.

    On the flip side: if I were to sell off every lens I own (of those mentioned above) but one, it would probably be the 25mm f/1.4 It's a great general use prime that's sharp, renders beautifully, and offers a fast aperture for low light or shallow DoF uses.
  8. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    12-35 because it is weather sealed. Killed my 14 last week by getting it a little wet.
  9. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
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    Agree with the views here that 12mm is much preferred to 14mm on the wide end.
  10. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
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    Brian Caslis
    None of the poll choices. I'd rather have the Olympus 12-50, 12mm, & 45mm.
  11. Luckypenguin

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    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    The only one that I would consider to truly replacable is the 14/2.5, although that lens still has merit based on it's size (and price!). When it comes to wide-angle my general preference is for a zoom to allow me to fine-tune the angle-of-view. Ideal world, it'd be the 12-35mm, 25mm, and the 45mm :smile:
  12. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I finally got my trinity of 12, 20, and 45. It will be at least a year (probably a couple of years if I'm successful in buying a stinkin' house) until I can get any more lenses. That being said, the duo of f/2 zooms will likely be those next purchases (unless a 12-60 should come out in the mean time!)...
  13. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 21, 2012
    Im really enjoying my 12, 25, 45 (PL) although Im willing to give up the 12mm for the 12-35mm if it ever comes down in price
  14. brutto

    brutto Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 17, 2011
    12-35/2.8 + 45/1.8 would suit me. I'd add the 75/1.8 if I could ever afford it.

    Not sure what I'll do when the 35-100/2.8 comes out. Very tempting to cover all I need with two zooms.
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  15. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012

    I also still have the 20/1.7 which is nice and compact, but I'd rather carry the 12-35 on the camera for the 12mm option.

    Oh, and the zoom also gives you a 17.5/2.8 if you zoom it there :wink:
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  16. abat

    abat Mu-43 Rookie

    May 30, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
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    12-35 f/2.8. For me the convenience of a zoom outweighs the additional light gathering ability of the primes. And constant f/2.8 is no slouch either compared to the kit lenses. That said 35mm is a tad short.
  17. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
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    Sigma 12-35mm f2.8 ;-)
  18. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Given the specific choice, I'd probably take the zoom. But that doesn't mean I don't want primes. Each have their uses. I'd keep my 20mm 1.7 even with the 12-35. There are times the additional light gathering or shallower DOF are important. But the zoom could do a lot of what I need with results that are more than good enough.

    I don't think I'd use the 45 prime enough to justify its cost. I am interested in the 35-100, though. If I can afford it.
  19. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    ^ agreed. I have this zoom, and it's very practical. I still plan on keeping the PL25 for times when I want to shoot in low light, or something specific. Plus, the 25 is smaller...better for parties/restaurants.
  20. ahendarman

    ahendarman Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Looks like the zoom is very popular regardless of its price. In the ideal world, I would have 12-35 f/2.8 and the primes, but alas, I cannot afford them.
    I have a big trip coming up early next year. I would probably get a 12-35 for its versatility. Maybe Oly will come up with m43 12-60 f/2.8-4, that would be ideal.