Olympus 12-40 or Panasonic LX100 Compact Camera ?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by bigal1000, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I have one camera currently an EM-10 with O40-150 zoom. I have been thinking on adding an O12-40 for it, but just read review on the Panasonic LX100 compact, great specs low noise to iso 1600,same size body as EM10, EVF 2.7k dot, Leica 24-70 (35mm equivalent)1.7-2.8 built in zoom lens. MFT sensor. I would now have 2 cameras and could add more lenses later to the EM-10 later. I'm looking for some feedback from you good folks.
     
  2. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

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    the 12-40 is a great lens that you could keep for life while you upgrade the body. e.g. if a backlit or organic or shift-sensor comes out on m43 format.

    while the lx100 will age in a vacuum
     
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  3. Plumballs

    Plumballs Mu-43 Veteran

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    Phil
    The camera is like 1/3 the price of the lens. How is this comparable a top quality zoom v's average PAS? Like lightmonkey says, go with the lens as much more future proof.

    There is quality Leica and Leica, not all are equal as its just a make.

    Phil
     
  4. Plumballs

    Plumballs Mu-43 Veteran

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    Phil
    Ignore my last post and DAMB YOU GOOGLE!!!!!!!!!!

    It showed me the wrong camera!!!!!

    Phil
     
  5. Plumballs

    Plumballs Mu-43 Veteran

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    Phil
    Just looked at the right camera this time, and I would still go with the lens.

    Phil
     
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  6. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks guys.. I think that's were I'm heading also,just looking for some food for thought..
     
  7. CPTKILLER

    CPTKILLER Mu-43 Regular

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    Jim Phipps
    Go with the lens. :smile:
     
  8. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I did just ordered it from B@H Photo
     
  9. JYPfoto

    JYPfoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Have you tried the 12-40 yet? I've never held the E-M10 before but read stories about how it feels a little unbalanced on the body.
     
  10. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

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    a grip would solve that
     
  11. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I do have the ECG-1 grip on the camera all ready. it made a huge difference.
     
  12. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I had exactly the same dilemma, 12-40 f2.8 on E-M10 vs LX100.

    Eventually I went for the 12-40 f2.8 as I cannot survive using a non-touch screen m4/3 camera (but DSLR is fine). There might be difference in image quality and my guess is that the output from E-M10 is much better than LX100.

    Also I know going forward I am likely to use a second body (another E-M10) for my m4/3 lenses.

    And without a doubt, ECG-1 grip is a must-have for better comfort and balance.
     
  13. marlof

    marlof Mu-43 Regular

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    I have both. The LX100 for portability, the 12-40 as a quality zoom. I like the LX100 (especially the aperture ring and the exposure compensation dial that offer a visual checking of settings even when the camera is off) but it's not the best camera for ultimate image quality. Decent enough, but not faultless. I didn't expect anything else. There's only so much bending to do with the law of physics. The 12-40 on the other hand is a great lens, that handles perfectly on an EM5 without grip. Then again, I tend to hold cameras with big lenses by the lens to steady them.
     
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  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    The 12-40 is far better performing than the LX100 lens. Sharpness is night and day. LX100 will easily slip in a jacket pocket though, and I love mine.
     
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  15. sin77

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    Apart from being non-touchscreen, another reason I give LX100 a miss is the lack of hotshoe for a large flash. That is a big minus for me.
     
  16. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Matt
    ^ I fully agree with what Marlof has said; I'm in the same boat, though I do use the grip with the 12-40mm on the E-M10. It's among my best combos, bar none. The LX100 serves a different purpose and fills that niche (small enough, very capable camera with bright lens) impressively well, but of course neither reaches nor substitutes the 12-40mm. If in doubt, the 12-40mm is the better buy. But you'll love the LX100 if you like photography old-style ...

    M.

    EDIT: @sin77: there is a standard hotshoe on the LX100. That's where the small included flash goes, too. This is *not* a Nikon 1 ...
     
  17. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oh no, I made a mistake. Could have bought this camera instead. Not sure if I should start making changes to my set of equipment.
     
  18. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Matt
    Given the list of great tools in your sig, I'd agree that there's no need whatsoever :smile: Having two E-M10 and the pancake zoom probably renders the LX100 redundant anyway - though I thoroughly enjoy the bright lens and the classic controls.

    M.
     
  19. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    It really depends on your needs. The 12-40 mounted on a camera is not something you slip in your jacket pocket and bring everywhere. The LX100 is also a stop faster on wide angle. If you like to shoot video, you get 4k included for free. I also love the controls and responsiveness on this camera more than any other I have owned. That said if landscape photography and corner sharpness is very important to you, the 12-40 might be better.