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oly 12mm vs panny 20mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by MavRax, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. MavRax

    MavRax Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 29, 2010

    I'm in a bind of weather to sell my panasonic 20mm f1.7 and get an olympus 12mm f2.0 lens. I really love the 20mm primary because of the sharpness and great for low light. But with the 12mm, i would get a wider angle and as for as i'm reading from the reviews, it's a higher grade lens for m43. Any suggestions?

  2. thearne3

    thearne3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2010
    Redding, CT USA
    Breathe. Repeat. :rolleyes: 

    Seriously, the FOV is so different no one could answer that question! Tell us more about what you want the lens for? What other lenses do you have? The cosmetics, including size, etc. are very different - is that important to you? Is focus noise/speed and issue for you? The Oly is much quieter/faster.

    The actual sharpness/contrast, etc of each is lens is so close as to be academic - you're unlikely to see a difference.

    I have the 20mm, had the 12mm, sent it back and bought the 14mm. Do I still lust after the 12? Yes! If I had unlimited funds, I'd have the 12/25/45 prime line-up. But I don't. :frown:

    Would be happy to comment further with more info...
  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    When I recently jumped in to the M4/3 pool, I picked up the Pana 20mm and the Oly 12mm. This may be more of a function of me needing to figure out how to shoot wide angle, but the 20mm rarely leaves my camera. Both great lenses, though, I think the 20mm is a better all-rounder.
  4. yuro

    yuro New to Mu-43

    Dec 5, 2010
    Dublin, California
    I have both, and the 20 is the mainstay for everyday shooting. When I shoot landscapes, architecture, rooms, places etc., then the 12mm dominates. The 20mm is the clear workhorse for me. Perhaps think about the 25mm Summilux coming out?
  5. MavRax

    MavRax Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 29, 2010
    My primarily reason is to take landscape photos which the 12mm may be best. But of course with the price, would it be worth the money in the long run? The size does not matter with, neither the noise from my pany, but i do like a quiter and faster AF. Plus i also shoot during the evening.

  6. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    The previous comments are right its very hard to compare the 12mm to the 20mm, especially when you consider field of view, your really comparing a 24mm with a 40mm (35mm equivalent) that a huge difference!
    For everyday shooting I myself use the 20mm its very fast and a really nice lens, I don't doubt that the 12mm is also an excellent lens both in optical and build quality but it does come with a price!

    I probably wouldn't use a 12mm as an everyday lens, as you say its better for landscape, rooms, etc as a wide angle rather than an everyday lens like the 20mm is, personally as thearne3 mentioned also if money was no object I'd have the 12, 25 and 45 setup but as it is my prime setup at the moment is looking at being 14,20,45 (or the 17 rather than 14 if I decided to keep!)

    Really though they are two different lenses with two different uses.
  7. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 3, 2011
    Unless you really need the speed, and at that price, I can't see why the 7-14mm or 9-18mm aren't a better buy for landscape work.... but only you can answer the question of which focal lengths you really need.
  8. kahren

    kahren Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    you can buy a nex+16mm (same FOV, same dof, same light gathering)
    and still have $200 or so left over. that is a free nex! :) 
    unless you really need those little bit sharper corners and you really want to stay with m4/3.
    i i think the oly's 12mm 2.0 makes very little sense, of course, for the price.

    one of these days i will shut up about the nex+16mm vs oly 12mm, i promise
  9. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    If there's a way.... you should keep the 20 and then add a 12, 14, or 7-14. None of these lenses are a substitute for the 20 and vice versatile. if you can only afford one of them, then the 20 is probably the most likely candidate, with the 14 being a possible second. I have all of these lenses and they each fill a particular niche. None is quite a complete replacement for another. best you can do is assess your budget, think about the applications of most importance to you, and work toward gearing for that.
  10. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    Agree, the field of view is so different you would keep the 20mm as your 'standard' lens and add the 12mm as your wide prime. Later on, add the 45mm and you have a very nice set of prime lenses.

    I had a good play with the 12mm lens last week and was so impressed I placed an order for one. It is probably the sweetest wide angle AF lens on the market and the manual focus is sensational.
  11. MavRax

    MavRax Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Thank you everyone for shedding some light for me. As most suggest it depends on FOV, I really didn't know what I was thinking... probably because the 12mm was so hypnotic, but you guys pulled me out of it. :-D

    My main focus right now is landscape photography, and I already have a 7-14mm ultra wide lense, the reason I prefer prime is its sharpness and details. It's time for me to save up on these sets of prime lenses.

    Once again, thank you all!

  12. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 3, 2011
    I've never even seen one, but by all accounts the 7-14mm is a pretty special lens in terms of sharpness and all around image quality so I can't really see what the 12mm would bring to the table for you apart from a lack of framing flexibility compared to the zoom....
  13. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I agree with DekHog. I have the 7-14 and it is a great performer... I'm not so sure the 12 will offer significantly better IQ... But it's still very nice to have a smallish, fast 12!
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