Ming Thein reviews the 12-40

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by tdekany, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    I am glad I pre-ordered the lens along with the E-M1! Looks like one sharp lens on par with the ZD 12-60/2.8-4.0, if not sharper!

    Hope there will be a taker for my 12-35/2.8 at a decent price!
  2. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    I asked him to comment on the 12-40 vs the 12-35. Lets see what he has to say.
  3. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    my thought also :) 

    sounds like it is going to be a killer piece of glass

  4. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    You are Back!!!
  5. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    It must be the drawing power of the E-M1 and the 12-40/2.8! :biggrin:
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  6. Steph

    Steph Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 18, 2011
    Superb lens. Let's hope oly will make fast Primes in the PRO serie too.
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    He does seem to like it. $1000 is high in the absolute sense but not at all unreasonable for a quality 2.8 zoom. If Oly were to make a cheaper f4 version (I doubt it) that would also be a nice alternative.
  8. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    It does sound like a nice lens - likely as good as the 12-60/2.8-4.0 much to my surprise.

    Just for the sake of novelty though, I'd like to see a fast standard zoom that went to 24mm EFL and didn't suffer from either corner softness (12-35/2.8) or field curvature (apparently the new 12-40/2.8).
  9. daggah

    daggah Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2013
    Rapid City, SD
    Did anyone else notice in the review that the lens appears to have an un-advertised quasi-macro functionality? What's the max magnification of the 12-50 kit zoom in macro mode?
  10. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 8, 2013
    It's 1:2, if I recall correctly. This doesn't seem to go near that, but it seems to focus as close as you could possibly want for non-dedicated macro work anyway. :) 
  11. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Officially it goes to 1:3.3. Unofficially, it seems to focus a bit closer, although still not 1:2.
  12. daggah

    daggah Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2013
    Rapid City, SD
    That's pretty damn good for a non-macro lens. Could be useful!
  13. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    It will be extremely useful, but I'm still keeping my 60mm f2.8 Macro!:drinks:
  14. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    I am wondering if this lens coupled with the upcoming GX7 would make a nice single body/lens high quality compact travel kit for those that like using an EVF?

  15. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    High quality, certainly; compact, definitely NOT!
  16. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2013
    Resale value on the 12-35 is definitely going to drop in the near future now that this lens is out.
  17. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    The Oly is clearly better from 36-40mm.
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  18. phoenixag

    phoenixag Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 1, 2013
    His response to the comparison between the 12-35 was "better". What does that mean?

    I really need a lens right now but would feel awful if the oly is much much better at the same price.

    Ah decisions! :( 
  19. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    This is from the review:
    "And I certainly didn’t see any of the nervous double-imaged backgrounds frequently generated by the Panasonic 12-35, either – and believe me, I was looking for it...

    ...In a stroke, I think this lens becomes the defining do-it-all-and-anywhere for M4/3; yes, it’s a bit large, but the useful range, reasonably large aperture, solid build, outstanding optics, very close minimum focusing distance more than outweigh that. It’s not a cheap lens; but then again, I can’t think of any others with the same spec that are. Optically, this is one of the best zoom lenses I’ve ever used."

    In the comment section when asked specifically how it compares to the Panny 12-35:
    "Better. It doesn’t have the odd double bokeh I’ve seen on every sample of the 12-35 I’ve tried."
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