Why do you need to qualify it like this? Do you have a bet with someone that the Oly is better built? Do you loose sleep if you think others think less of Oly then you do? Did you buy one and now the only thing that matters is you don't have an asterisks next to one of your pieces of gear? To late for that by the way. Short of Oly coming out with a version II that addresses this issue I can't see me ever buying one. If the plastic posts are weak, it's only a matter of time before more start to pop up with the problem. I've seen this sort of thing happen before and the plastic will only get more brittle over the years and there will be more failures is my guess.
Why wouldn't it be OK if they both have equally great build quality in the end? I for one don't wish other peoples equipment to fail faster then mine does, and I'm not sure why any moral person would.
I'm sorry in a friendly forum, but unless you have evidence of flaws in the Panasonic build, you should never have written that.
You guys need to relax. Seriously. Did you even read my whole post? Because you seem to be focusing on an incidental fragment of my post that was completely unrelated to any point I was making.
I hope every new release is better than what came before. I hope all the people who bought one of these and are worried about its quality ends up with a spectacular, rugged, and durable lens. That is why I said that. That's the only reason. The lens they just spent $1099 on seems to have some quality issues. That has to suck. I hope they end up pleased with their purchase in every possible way. Do you really think I'm hoping your gear fails before mine? Is this truly a moral issue for you? I'm not disparaging Panasonic, In my post (you should have read the whole thing) I acknowledge the 12-35s record of durability, and if anything, I'm kind of a Panasonic fan boy. And guess what? I don't own the 12-40.
What is it about a lens with some early quality control issues that is making people act crazy?