Olympus 12-40 f2.8 balance on E-M1

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by sin77, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    I have 2x E-M1 and I fixed on 12-40 and 35-100 f2.8 respectively.

    I find that the balance with 12-40 is really bad, such that I have to use a battery grip with it.

    I bought the grip for use with 35-100, but now I need to use it with 12-40 instead.

    Think whether to buy another grip but will be waste of money and additional weight.

    I will lose out a L-Fn button and the working distance for close-up shot, if I switch to Panasonic 12-35 f2.8.

    Dilemma.
     
  2. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    I'm so used to the 12-40 on my em1 that when I put on the 20mm it feels very unbalanced.
     
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  3. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    Can you provide a photo of how this lens/camera combination balance is really bad?
     
  4. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    I use it on an E-M10 and I find it ok. I support the camera keeping my left hand below the lens.
     
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  5. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I did some preliminary testing and it seemed to balance just fine for me without a grip, could someone check my results and make sure I didn't make an error?

    initialtesting.jpg
     
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  6. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    That balance looks fine to me!

    Seriously, though. OP - how do you hold your camera/lens? I have been supporting my lenses with my left hand since I started shooting with DSLR's, and have never had a balance issues, even with a 100-400L on a Canon 400D.

    Z...
     
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  7. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I reckon you need some lens-based stabilisation for that setup!
     
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  8. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    Even with the 12-40/2.8 mounted on the front of my E-M1 I find no problems with balance. The E-M1 doesn't work so well for me with the smaller primes - not so much balance as lacking space for the left hand. YMMV
     
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  9. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    Yes, but now try with the external grip in the middle :D
     
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  10. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    I'd prefer to see the lens inside a pouch if you're going to balance it on top.
     
  11. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I believe the technical term for this is "not very stable"
    less-stable.jpg

    ...also 'dusty' heh, needs a clean.


    The pouches are still inside the original boxes somewhere... I don't have them on hand I'm afraid.
     
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  12. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    Now it's going from funny to impressive.
     
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  13. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    As an intermission from the other jokers in this thread. :drinks:

    I generally have to agree with you. The 12-40 is very front heavy and the 12-35 is simply a better balanced lens on m43. I've owned all the m43 zooms and I kept the 12-40 for a week. This is my take on the various zoom lenses:

    https://www.mu-43.com/threads/68705/

    Slightly off topic I had the chance to look at the 7-14f2.8 last night, and it is huge. It is significantly bigger and heavier than the 12-40. It makes me very glad I got the 8mm 1.8.
     
  14. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    Chicago-area
    David Dornblaser
    Wow, this must be the first time that I heard that the 12-40 does not balance well on the E-M1. We have had threads about the O12-40 not balancing well on the E-M10, E-M5, etc.
     
  15. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The 12-40 and the 12-60 don't fell a whole lot different mounted on the E-M1. IMO, the 12-60 is the better choice simply because you get more reach (12mm mustache distortion aside which can be annoying in some contexts for sure).
     
  16. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Apr 7, 2015
    I feel like superman. I can`t find any problems with E-M10 and the 40-150 Pro. This must mean I`m quite strong (or stupid).

    And yeah, my 12-40 is glued on to my E-M1. Maybe the glue is the reason I don`t find it out of balance?
     
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  17. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    Could you post a photo of what you mean? I just can't grasp this 'better balanced" thing that is so often brought up.
     
  18. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    I've always thought the E-M1 and the 12-40 are perfectly balanced in terms of size and looks. Other lenses look too small and/or thin on it.

    In terms of heft, I don't know what they mean by "imbalanced" either; otherwise, any telephoto would be absolutely unusable. My left hand supports the lens, not the body (unless it's a really small lens). With that, I've never experienced problems with physical balance of any lens except on a tripod.
     
  19. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I've also owned both, and I agree - the 12-40 feels a little bulky and front heavy. I got a good deal on it when the Panasonic was stolen, so I've kept it, but I would probably get the penny again if the 12-40 was damaged or stolen simply because it balances slightly better.
     
  20. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    OP, Always have the left hand supporting the lens. Then you don't have a balance problem with any lens but the largest maybe.

    Weight is a different issue.
     
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