Showcase Olympus 12-45mm f/4 PRO

davidzvi

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I would not want to live without my 17/1.8.
The 45/1.8 has its right to exist as well. And the 60/2.8 is needed for real macro shots.
The 12-45 is just perfect when I don’t know what to expect from the day.
Your first and last sentences are where I’m at.
For me the f/4 zooms are the perfect complement for f/1.4-1.8 primes.
 

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Example of depth of field with "only" f4 at 45mm.
Would I have used 2.8 or 1.8 if available?
I guess not. The focus "flow" seems just right to me.



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koei

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EM53 + Olympus 12-45mm f/4 PRO

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I've had the 12-45 f/4 PRO since it was first released, and soon after picked up and E-M5.3 to pair it with. Size, weight, versatility, and image quality - hard to imagine something else beating the system. It has pretty much become my exclusive system for outdoor activities. This is the first system I've had, because of it's size and weight, where I've never been even slightly tempted to leave it behind.

For me, autumn is a challenging time for photos in the alpine areas. Wildflowers are mostly gone - even more so this year with the drought in Colorado. The wildflowers still around are often tattered and a bit past their prime. Green colors have transformed to brown, making the grand and vivid pictures from summer hard to come by. But never leaving the camera behind only increases the chances for a few decent images....

early fall colors
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Fringed Gentian (gentianopsis thermalis)
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Bristlecone Pine, Mt. Silverheels - smokey, hazy day
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Alpine Aster
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Alpine Sunflower - the only one I saw that day....
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Alpine Sunflower - a bit tattered, and likely the last one I've seen for the year
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Wallflower - hugging the ground to stay warm, this one was less than an inch tall!
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Alpine Thistle (cirsium scopulorum) - I just love seeing this thistle - though I do keep my distance!
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Alpine Thistle (cirsium scopulorum) - a different view
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Paintbrush
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Sangre de Cristo Mountains, CO
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Juvenile vole (long tailed?) - happened to see this little guy crossing the trail just as we were passing by. It froze - thinking if it didn't move we wouldn't see it....
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andy darbyshire

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here's a couple of flowers taken with my 12-45 on an em10 mk3
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What is up and what is down? :)

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(not too good, but wanted to try the idea, next time better reflection)
 

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Some random shots from todays bike adventure.
After setting the AutoISO top limit there is actually easy to take photos at bad light with help of IBIS.


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After viewing this thread again I've just written my letter to Santa (and I don't mean the one on this forum).
I'll light the fire tonight and let it glide up the chimney on its way to Lapland. :flypig:
 

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I just got this lens last night. I sold an O 12-40/2.8, O 25/1.8, O 45/1.8 & O 75/1.8. My main camera is an Oly Pen F. Because of back issues, I am no longer able to carry a shoulder bag or a backpack, I loved the image quality of the 12-40/2.8 but it was a little heavy & unbalanced on the Pen F, especially with now needing to carry the camera & lens in my hands. I also loved the primes but since I can no longer carry a bag, that became an issue also. A couple of pockets would accommodate the lenses, as long as I was wearing a jacket, but changing lenses without somewhere to place them while changing wasn't working. I always thought that replacing the O 12-40/2.8 with the O 12-45/4 was a total waste of $, until I finally did it. The smaller form factor & weight difference really made a difference for me & it's optical qualities don't disappoint. This is one of the very first images with this lens just to try it out. It's a keeper! I still have a PL 15/1.7 (for low light street photography) & O 40-150 f/4-5.6R for when a longer reach is needed.

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After viewing this thread again I've just written my letter to Santa (and I don't mean the one on this forum).
I'll light the fire tonight and let it glide up the chimney on its way to Lapland. :flypig:
Santa is not too pleased with me right now, cos she's realised I've bought a new lens a few weeks before Christmas, but it's not the lens I want FOR Christmas...
 

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Found this while out & about this morning.
Pen F
Oly 12-45/4
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Will this lens replace your 12-100?
Definitely not. The 12-100 is too versatile for that and the Sync IS also has another advantage. I initially thought about selling the 12-40 2.8, but I don't think I can get much money on the used market for it. So the 12-45 will go to my E-M10 II as the standard zoom. The 12-100 and 12-40 are well balanced on the E-M1 and are used as needed. For the very small package I also have the Pana 12-32. Crazy problems that I have there. But maybe I'll see it differently in a few months and I'll sell something. But the 12-100 will definitely stay as long as I use MFT.
 
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