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Took a 3 day backpack trip this past week for a climb of Jenkins Mountain (13432') outside of Leadville, CO. The 12-45 is quite a bit more manageable backpacking than the 12-40. Of course, I hauled my 300 f4 Pro along, which kind of made up the gains switching from the 12-40 to the 12-45. 🤣

heading out - camp way in the distance.
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alpine sunflower near camp
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alpine forgetmenots near camp
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sunset first night
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day 2, Jenkins Mountain - halfway there....
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more alpine sunflowers
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almost to the summit
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decending
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And the reason for the 300 f/4 Pro - juvenile pika inspecting camera case....
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Good for impromptu bug and flower photos.

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First time out with my new 12-45mm and also first time posting on here, so please be kind!
I'm pretty pleased with it so far. It's solid, well-built and pretty sharp. Any issues are probably with my technique!
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Also, does pretty well close-up as well. As others have mentioned the bokeh is pretty nice.

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I like the rendering as well.
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First time out with my new 12-45mm and also first time posting on here, so please be kind!
I'm pretty pleased with it so far. It's solid, well-built and pretty sharp. Any issues are probably with my technique!
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Also, does pretty well close-up as well. As others have mentioned the bokeh is pretty nice.

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I like the rendering as well.
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Nice additions to the thread. Welcome to the forum 😀
 

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First time out with my new 12-45mm and also first time posting on here, so please be kind!
I'm pretty pleased with it so far. It's solid, well-built and pretty sharp. Any issues are probably with my technique!
Welcome!

Man, you wouldn't expect a standard zoom f/4 lens on mu4/3 to have mentionable out-of-focus blur. But this thread shows some fine examples. I wonder if it is the close focussing capabilities combined with the smooth bokeh that gives them this often described "3d pop"?
 

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Welcome!

Man, you wouldn't expect a standard zoom f/4 lens on mu4/3 to have mentionable out-of-focus blur. But this thread shows some fine examples. I wonder if it is the close focussing capabilities combined with the smooth bokeh that gives them this often described "3d pop"?
Here’s a couple more to whet your appetite then...

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The midsummer landscape on a walk in Hampshire today.

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And some details

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(this last one was shot with HHHR although downsized for the forum post)
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Took a 3 day backpack trip into the Sangre De Cristo Mountains last week to climb a couple relatively unknown 13,000 foot peaks there. Day one was a long hike in. Day two was a long ridge walk. Day three was a much too long hike out....

With the JIP news, decided to buy an EM-5.3. This was the first long trip I was able to use it with the 12-45 f/4 Pro. They make a really versatile and light combo for the outdoors. With moderate use, one battery lasted the three days.

Rito Alto Lake - 5 hours in....
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6 hours to high camp, Rito Alto Peak in background
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day 2, heading up, easier than it looks at the top
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preview of ridge to come
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ridge to come, on Flickr

Mas Alto Lake - looking back on ridge
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small pond
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evening light
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evening light - Rito Alto Peak
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evening light - Rito Alto Peak, on Flickr

gentiana parryi - not many flowers left in late summer
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heading down - 5 hours to go....
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@ColorBlind nice photos. Looks like you had a great time.

I noticed in all your photos that there's some pretty severe vignetting. Is this normal for the lens, something you added in post or did you have a filter attached?
 

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I love that lens, stated it elsewhere already.
Small, fits the Pen-F and M10.
Versatile, just about the range I like (using 17/25/45/1.8 primes), and close-up capable throughout the range and sharp.
And f4 still allows for some background blur. And this lens produces nice filled discs.

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edit: forgot the "discs"
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and what you get at 35mm f4,5 taking a portrait
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and yes, there is a bit of vignetting at 12mm as well as some distortion, nothing to worry about or that couldn't be corrected


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you can get stars
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and it is really sharp and has contrast
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done.
 
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Pen F, Mono profile II (and one partial color filter), 12-45 Pro

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Took a 3 day backpack trip into the Sangre De Cristo Mountains last week to climb a couple relatively unknown 13,000 foot peaks there. Day one was a long hike in. Day two was a long ridge walk. Day three was a much too long hike out....

With the JIP news, decided to buy an EM-5.3. This was the first long trip I was able to use it with the 12-45 f/4 Pro. They make a really versatile and light combo for the outdoors. With moderate use, one battery lasted the three days.

Rito Alto Lake - 5 hours in....
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Rito Alto Lake, on Flickr

6 hours to high camp, Rito Alto Peak in background
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high camp, on Flickr

day 2, heading up, easier than it looks at the top
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heading up, on Flickr

preview of ridge to come
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ridge to come, on Flickr

Mas Alto Lake - looking back on ridge
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Mas Alto Lake - looking back, on Flickr

small pond
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small pond, on Flickr

evening light
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evening light, on Flickr

evening light - Rito Alto Peak
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evening light - Rito Alto Peak, on Flickr

gentiana parryi - not many flowers left in late summer
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gentiana parryi, on Flickr

heading down - 5 hours to go....
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heading down, on Flickr
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@ColorBlind nice photos. Looks like you had a great time.

I noticed in all your photos that there's some pretty severe vignetting. Is this normal for the lens, something you added in post or did you have a filter attached?
@stevedo - nice eye seeing the vignetting. The short answer is this is not normal for the lens, and the vignetting was a result of image processing from raw via Affinity Photo.

The long answer about the vignetting is that Affinity Photo can use a larger number of pixels from the raw file than ends up in the jpeg straight from the camera. There is a related mu-43 thread about this: opening-a-raw-in-different-programs.... The vignetting came from using the larger image size, showing more light falloff in the corners, and I assume the vignetting would be greatly reduced on the more "cropped" image if the appropriate lens profile was used in post processing. I observed the increased vignetting, but chose not to correct it in post processing.

I've attached one of the original processed posted photos above, along with the original ooc jpeg, and the processed photo cropped / brightened to more match the ooc jpeg.

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out of camera jpeg:
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Affinity processed photo cropped to match jpeg:
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@stevedo - nice eye seeing the vignetting. The short answer is this is not normal for the lens, and the vignetting was a result of image processing from raw via Affinity Photo.

The long answer about the vignetting is that Affinity Photo can use a larger number of pixels from the raw file than ends up in the jpeg straight from the camera. There is a related mu-43 thread about this: opening-a-raw-in-different-programs.... The vignetting came from using the larger image size, showing more light falloff in the corners, and I assume the vignetting would be greatly reduced on the more "cropped" image if the appropriate lens profile was used in post processing. I observed the increased vignetting, but chose not to correct it in post processing.

I've attached one of the original processed posted photos above, along with the original ooc jpeg, and the processed photo cropped / brightened to more match the ooc jpeg.

Affinity processed photo:
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out of camera jpeg:
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Affinity processed photo cropped to match jpeg:
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And don't forget: Oly does lens correction in-cam for jpgs and in workspace for orf.
This is as well for light fall off and distortion.
If you use any non-Oly raw tool, you would need to do that on your own.
 
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And don't forget: Oly does lens correction in-cam for jpgs and in workspace for orf.
This is as well for light fall off and distortion.
If you use any non-Oly raw tool, you would need to do that on your own.
Lightroom also does this for you, if there is a profile for the camera.
There is no need to do it yourself at least in lightroom classic which I use.
 

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I'm now slightly conflicted by this lens. My 12-100mm is basically welded to the front of my em-1, I'm beginning to wonder whether to use the 12-45mm and carry my 40-150mm which is sadly under used. I'm perfectly happy with the depth of field at f4 because I rarely need a shallow depth for my photography (primarily landscape). Not an issue at present, of course, being stuck indoors. Just really a pathetic first world dilemma.
I have read good things about the 12-100, but I thought, like you, that my under used 40-150 would come to great service if I couple it with this 12-45. Since I use the 12-45 range for 90% of my shots it will be my primary. But the 40-150 is good to have in the bag, very light and produces great images.
 
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