Olympus 12-40 f2.8 Pro vs Panasonic 12-35 f2.8

Aug 26, 2020
Harrisburg, PA
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Joseph T Murphy IV
Dear Board,

I would like to get a quality zoom that provides a 24mm equivalent field of view for use on an OM-D-EM11 or EPL-9. I am coming from DSLR's so the weight to me is not a serious consideration.

I'm a used buyer and the Olympus lens seems to be far more commonly available. I asked myself if that might be because the Pany performs better?

It will be used primarily for scenic shots and landscape pictures. I'm mostly a bird and wildlife telephoto kind of guy and while I have no problem spending money for the right lens, I don't need to spend over $ 500.00 or $ 600.00 in my mind.

I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts regarding my potential choices, as well as any alternatives that cover the 24mm FOV? I know there are several lesser grade lenses available that fit that requirement. Should I also be considering something with both a wider and and shorter focal length. like 7-14mm? The maximum aperture of f2.8 is not essential. Are there any other lenses worth considering?

Thanks in advance.


Tim Murphy

Harrisburg, PA ☺

Darmok N Jalad

Temba, his aperture wide
Sep 6, 2019
Tanagra (not really)
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If landscape is your aim, I think you'd enjoy the 7-14mm. There's also the 12 f2 if you just want 24mm, but it isn't cheap! Another option is the 12-45 f4, which would be in your price range brand new, as it is selling for $549 right now. They all have their benefits--the 12-40/45 would be good multipurpose lenses, which can really play up their value.
Apr 20, 2020
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
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John ...
Apr 20, 2019
I've the 12-50mm & 12-40mm and both are very nice, but I'm now using 12-40mm full time on one body.
It's nicer all round than the 12-50mm.
But different price.

Can't comment on the Panasonic, but would miss that extra reach the 40 gives.
The 50 is more again but I can cope with that.


Mu-43 Veteran
May 16, 2015
Vancouver, BC
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I sold my Pany 12-35 to get an Oly 12-40 (and now I’m using an Oly 12-45). All used on Olympus bodies.

The 12-35 and 12-40 are both good lenses. The 12-40 is better at the wide (12 mm) end, and better in the corners, but the difference is small. The 12-40 is larger and heavier, but within a couple of days of getting the lens I didn’t mind the extra weight. Plus I really like the manual focus clutch.


Mu-43 All-Pro
Mar 18, 2015
I'll just throw in that the PL8-18 is a good alternative if the wide angle is more important and you don't think you'll need the extra range on the tele end.

I think generally the 12-40 is a tiny bit better and the 12-35 is a tiny bit smaller (and also has Dual IS support which is mostly important for video on Panasonic bodies). The difference on both features is negligible.
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