Olympus 12-45/4 Pro lens details

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The 12-45 f4 + EM5 III would make a nice, light travel kit. I have an EM1 II and 12-100 f4 and I love that lens, but it is substantially heavier and larger than the 5.3 and 12-45 would be. If I really wanted the shallow DOF or fast aperture for low light, I should be using a fast prime anyway. The zoom isn't made for that. Hmm... thinking about this.

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Weight difference: EM5 III + 12-45 = 668 g or 1.47 lb. EM1 II + 12-100 = 1,135 g or 2.5 lb.
 
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Since this is a new lens "restore" isn't really the right word.

Yes the clutch is fast and convenient, but if it saved a few mm or makes it so the NF ring is a little more comfortable to use I'm OK with it.
True. "restore" was wrong. I guess I was thinking of the unwritten rule that all Pro lenses to date have a focus clutch, although I think the 8mm fish eye already breaks this rule.
 
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The E-M5ii + 12-45 combo looks better and better to me. Olympus needs to gear their marketing around that kit. It is seriously impressive.
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The E-M5iii plus 12-45 is 668 grams, while the "old" E-M5ii plus 12-40 is 878 grams.
 

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It's correct move, I think. Light, weather sealed and with high end optical quality. I guess we'll have to wait to see some proper tests to see how it really perform in optical regard.
 

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I'm a little sad to see they didn't include the focus clutch, but unless they made the zoom ring narrower (or the lens body longer) I guess it wouldn't fit. Assuming it tests about as well as the 12-40 and 12-100 zooms, I hope this quickly becomes a kit option with the E-M5 III.
 

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Olympus could sell a lot of the E-M5iii + 12-45 kits for $1,495 US. This reminds me of when the 12-100 f4 was first introduced as no other system had a comparable compact high quality alternative.

I also hope Olympus does something similar for a E-M1iii + 100-400 kit. That would be a great compact wildlife kit that could show the benefits of m43.
 

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If they'd released this lens as a kit option with the 5iii i think i'd have bought it. The 14-140 was the kit and it didn't really float my boat. Its actually slightly strange that the two weren't released together, it makes more sense with the 5iii than the 1iii.

Anyway, as noted elsewhere, if you're a general photographer for whom compact kit is paramount, this looks a great pairing to take into crappy weather and tough conditions. You'd barely notice them on a hike into a landscape shoot. Pack a small prime or two you're probably set.

That said, a launch price in Aus of $300 more than the 12-40 Pro? Hmmm. Difficult. I know the 12-40 is an older lens so gets a price reduction but even so.......
 
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With the latest firmware allowing mf with af there is little need for the clutch, so a good decision allowing size reduction.
 
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I'm surprised by the "beautiful bokeh" comment. I don't find it so soft on his examples. Not that it is a big criterion for a 12-45 f/4 anyway.
Good thing that it seems sharp through the range (I'd be curious to see really how it compares to the 12-100 at 45 mm).
I never had a sharp copy of the 45 f1.8 lens so the "close to prime lenses from Olympus such as the 45mm F1.8 and 25mm F1.8 lenses" doesn't mean much to me (my 25 f/1.8 is very sharp, though).

I would be curious to see how it handles starbursts on light sources.
 

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Two comments that when taken together are kind of interesting (not sure if he realized what he implied):
Robin Wong article said:
The sharpness of the lens is impressive. In fact, the sharpness output reminds me of using the highly respected 12-100mm F4 PRO lens, if you put images shot with the new 12-45mm vs the existing 12-100mm at equivalent focal lengths, I may not be able to tell apart which images were shot with each lens.
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Robin Wong article said:
I have reasons to believe that the 12-45mm F4 PRO maybe a little sharper than the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, but I need to verify this with a more extensive test.
So since he says the 12-45 & 12-100 sharpness looks identical to him (first quote) but then says he thinks maybe the 12-45 is sharper than the 12-40 (second quote), he is implying that the 12-40 is the worst sharpness performer of the trio.
 
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I wasn't surprised by these comments: Isn't the 12-100 supposed to be superior to the 12-40?
(anyway, we're comparing very sharp lenses... so any of them will be sharp enough for me).
 
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In the DPR video, the 12-45 was compared with the Panny 12-35 2.8. Their conclusion was that the Oly was a bit sharper. The other obvious differences were that the Oly focused closer and had more reach but the Panny was faster. Almost exactly the same size, so we get a real choice here.
 

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Two comments that when taken together are kind of interesting (not sure if he realized what he implied):


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So since he says the 12-45 & 12-100 sharpness looks identical to him (first quote) but then says he thinks maybe the 12-45 is sharper than the 12-40 (second quote), he is implying that the 12-40 is the worst sharpness performer of the trio.
I doubt there's much in it from any of these lenses, but can you trust any conclusions drawn from single samples.
 

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I wasn't surprised by these comments: Isn't the 12-100 supposed to be superior to the 12-40?
(anyway, we're comparing very sharp lenses... so any of them will be sharp enough for me).
Agreed. I think all three are very sharp lenses and don't take a back seat to any other zoom lens. If we don't get good results, it isn't the fault of the lens. :)
 

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