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Oly 12mm size comparison: Panny 20/Pen F 38

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by thearne3, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Just got the Oly 12mm an hour ago. I don't have a feel for a lens size until it's in hand. Thought I'd post some pics with the Panny 20mm and a Pen F 38mm.

    The Oly 12mm is virtually identical in size to the Pen lens (with adapter)!

    One nice aspect: both the Oly and the Panny take the same 46mm filters.

    Initial impressions of Oly:
    -feels like a legacy lens
    -manual focus nice and smooth (with stops!)

    ...will be taking it out to a concert in the park this evening...

    Here are the photos:

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  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    That is one purty lens.
  3. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    I am trying to convince myself I do not need that lens. You are not helping.
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    That's even smaller than I thought! FedEX says the package is at my door, and I'm not home! :crying:
  5. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010

    wash, rinse, repeat. :biggrin:
  6. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    You should put the pictures up after the concert. Lens looks really good in itself.
  7. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Ok. Nothing to write home about...I really have a lot to learn about using wide angle! Composition is tough! I'm used to using 100mm+ at these concerts in the local park. The group I was with weren't willing to be guinea pigs, so that meant 'steet' style. As the light fell, zone focusing at f5.6 means high ISO, since shutter can't go below 1/100. I remembered that too late, hence a lot of rejects from motion blur.

    Alternatively, could have used the faster focusing new Pen bodies. Enough excuses...here are three shots. I've been collecting pictures from this venue - others are at https://picasaweb.google.com/thearne3/FolkConcerts2011#

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  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I really DON'T need that lens. It's REALLY cool but that 14 I just bought is giving me all the WA learning curve I can handle at the moment. Whew...that saved me a wad of dough :biggrin:
  9. dyrmaker83

    dyrmaker83 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    Washington, DC
    How big is the lens hood? It does come with a hood, right?
  10. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Its actually bigger than I thought it was. So it's expensive, fairly big and the aperture isn't mind blowing, have to say the Panny 14mm seems a lot more appealing, I can live without a metal body.
  11. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    thanks for side by side...
  12. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Daniele Frizzi
    24MM F2 seems pretty nice to me, but my wallet seems to vote for the 14mm panny :smile:
  13. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Actually, no. This is a big bone of contention on several sites - Oly offers a hood at a significant cost (said to be $100, but I haven't actually seen one for sale). I ordered a collapsible rubber hood for $5. The reviews say that the lens is VERY good with flare, etc, and my brief use would confirm that.

    Yeah, I hear the same voice! My plan is to be very careful with the lens for a few weeks and return it if I'm not totally in love. The 14mm is available second hand for so much less!
  14. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Huh? a 24mm equivalent prime lens with an F2 aperture. Let's see, matches up against Nikon's...? Canon's...? Sony's...? Pentax's...?

    Basically it is called physics, no way they could make an F2 lens that wide any smaller than it is. The MSRP is a little steep, but it'll come down. If you don't think a lens like this would be worth every penny at say about $600 then no one can help you!

    I'd also bet the 12mm 2 is optically very well designed and would perform great without in-camera corrections. On the other hand, the 14mm I've heard doesn't do so well with the software at its' side. Also, the difference between 14mm and 12mm is quite significant - every mm on the wide end is extremely valuable.

    If I didn't already have my Pentax 15mm F4 limited (by far favorite lens btw), I'd be all over the 12.
  15. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Where did you get the collapsible rubber hood from? Thanks!
  16. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
  17. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    I can't help wondering why Olympus didn't go the whole hog and add an aperture ring...

    I hear there's a black 45mm f1.8... wonder if this lens will come in black too?

    Thanks for the pics Tom, hope you keep them coming!


  18. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I don't know why Olympus can't just make all its lenses in both colors! It's ridiculous that I can't get a silver 9-18 to look good on my white e-pl2!
  19. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    It costs a lot more money to run two different colors in manufacturing. Frankly, I'm surprised Oly ever did it. No one else does as far as I know (at least not canikonpannysony)

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  20. duke

    duke Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    There are a lot of legacy 24 f2s for pretty cheap and sigma makes a 24f1.8 that's about $300-400
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