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How macro-y can this lens really get? At .25x at 12mm, does this end up being our closest, widest lens in m4/3?
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@comment23, why only one of the 12-XX PROs will stay? We both have a large and small body as well as similar glass. I also have the PL8-18 and O17, but I have the PL25 and S56 instead of the Olympus pair. I also have the P14, PL15, and P12-32, but I will be thinning that area.

I have the 12-100 and plan on getting 12-45 as well.
 

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@comment23, why only one of the 12-XX PROs will stay? We both have a large and small body as well as similar glass. I also have the PL8-18 and O17, but I have the PL25 and S56 instead of the Olympus pair. I also have the P14, PL15, and P12-32, but I will be thinning that area.

I have the 12-100 and plan on getting 12-45 as well.
I may keep (or sell and re-buy :shakehead: ) the 12-100. But the 12-45 will certainly replace the 12-40 as my 'compact' zoom. And with my zooms being mostly f/4 it gives more meaning to my primes - heaven forbid I rationalise to just the 12-40 and 40-150 f/2.8s! :hmmm:
 

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Ideally, the 12-45 f/4 Pro can become my primary hiking lens with my E-M5.2. However there is yet to be a firmware release enabling E-M5.2 focus stacking with the lens. I'm hoping for that firmware release, otherwise, for me, using this lens with the E-M5.2 during wildflower season is probably out....
ABel's hack works fine. I've been using it for nearly a year with all lenses. Google it.
 

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I may keep (or sell and re-buy :shakehead: ) the 12-100. But the 12-45 will certainly replace the 12-40 as my 'compact' zoom. And with my zooms being mostly f/4 it gives more meaning to my primes - heaven forbid I rationalise to just the 12-40 and 40-150 f/2.8s! :hmmm:
Personally I don't find f/2.8 fast enough when I need it. So PRO quality and featured f/4 zooms paired with f/1.4-1.8 primes work for me. I don't need the f/1.2 primes and wish there was a smaller wide f/1.4 option than the Sigma 16mm f/1.4.

But I can see the 12-45 as my primary zoom on the Pen F and around the house on the E-M1.2.
 

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Personally I don't find f/2.8 fast enough when I need it. So PRO quality and featured f/4 zooms paired with f/1.4-1.8 primes work for me. I don't need the f/1.2 primes and wish there was a smaller wide f/1.4 option than the Sigma 16mm f/1.4.

But I can see the 12-45 as my primary zoom on the Pen F and around the house on the E-M1.2.
Exactly. I'm kinda interested to see what comes of the other f/4 PRO lenses. I'd quite like an ultra-wide and modest tele zoom with comparable size reduction to the 12-45.
 

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Exactly. I'm kinda interested to see what comes of the other f/4 PRO lenses. I'd quite like an ultra-wide and modest tele zoom with comparable size reduction to the 12-45.
An f/4 wide is on the map, I'd switch if it was smaller than the PL8-18 or if it was the same size and went to 20-22mm.
I'm REALLY torn on the tele, there are 3 PRO on the road map OTHER than the 150-400 with TC. My preference would be something around 80-240 f/4 to pair with the 12-100. But we'll see.
 

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An f/4 wide is on the map, I'd switch if it was smaller than the PL8-18 or if it was the same size and went to 20-22mm.
I'm REALLY torn on the tele, there are 3 PRO on the road map OTHER than the 150-400 with TC. My preference would be something around 80-240 f/4 to pair with the 12-100. But we'll see.
Fortunately (for my bank balance) I doubt they’ll be released before the autumn at earliest.

I’d also like a compact wide around 8-20ish at f/4. I’ve gone back and forward between the PL8-18 and the O9-18 a couple of times in the past. Something in between them in terms of cost, quality, size and weight (a Goldilocks lens) would be nice. And not a retractable design. It’s not having to extend it that bothers me, more the risk of ribbon failure.

The tele is indeed the hardest to pin down. In truth I’m generally happy with the el cheapo O40-150 for most things. And I have the 2.8 PRO version +MC-20 for anything serious or needing more length. Perhaps this is one I don’t really need :eek:

But back to the 12-45, this and the 1.8primes really is where m43 is at its best IMHO. And when the E-M5 IV comes out and brings all the E-M1 III features in a smaller package then surely I’ll never need anything else ever again :laugh1:
 

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It doesn't appear there are many of these lenses out in the wild yet based on the activity here - hope that will change before too long.

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This lens seems absurdly good for macro from what I'm seeing in this thread, even more than the 12-40mm.
 
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Got a few samples to share. I didn't have much time, just a few quick snaps along our walk today. Good old E-M1 Mark i, straight out of camera.

For reference, the last three are 12mm, 25mm, 45mm of the same scene.

EDIT: Don't know why, the first one really suffered from compression after uploading here. Imgur link for higher resolution.

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A trip out to Chichester, West Sussex, which is less than 10 miles from home. All taken using mono profile 2, adjusted for perspective and cropping only.
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Couple of photos of the lens hood taken with the lens on my E-M1 Mkii.
Showing the construction, so simple clip on like the 14-150mm hood, with no release button, and no clever mechanism or ball bearing to fly apart. In fact the LH-61C from the 14-150mm fits and looks identical, although my copy is a shinier plastic.
Also shows that in camera Focus Stacking works fine with the E-M1 Mkii.

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