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The day the winter came, last week :) we had this cool frost on a really still day so you could see all spider webs that you don't notice otherwise, really cool!

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Frosty Forest Features (5) by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr
 

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Quick five shot panorama, handheld using the EM-1 mkii with 12-45mm. Processed in Affinity Photo. This is my bedroom view, I love Yorkshire!
 

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So, aside from a little extra reach, what's the advantage to this lens over the 12-40 f/2.8 PRO?
In my case my daughter has my 12-40mm! 🤣 I don't find a need for the 2.8 I rarely use anything wider than f4 because I mostly shoot landscapes. If I need brighter I've got the f1.8 primes. These and the 12-45mm form a super lightweight kit with the EM-5 mkiii.
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In my case my daughter has my 12-40mm! 🤣 I don't find a need for the 2.8 I rarely use anything wider than f4 because I mostly shoot landscapes. If I need brighter I've got the f1.8 primes. These and the 12-45mm form a super lightweight kit with the EM-5 mkiii.
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So no advantage one way or the other, just depends on what you need for your style of shooting. Unless it performs better optically which would make it really great because the 12-40 is no slouch in that department.
 
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So, aside from a little extra reach, what's the advantage to this lens over the 12-40 f/2.8 PRO?
Size and weight. Size and weight. Size and weight. Optically there is no significant difference between the lenses.

If the weight doesn't matter to someone's style of shooting, then the extra stop of the 12-40 is nice. But if size and weight matters, the 12-45, with a body like the E-M5, makes a super light piece of kit that one can take pretty much anywhere.

I have both. I frequently hike, climb, and ski, and aways used to think twice about taking the 12-40. I don't even pause before taking the 12-45 - these days it is my go-to lens for when I go outside.
 

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I agree with the comments about the 12-40mm and the 12-45mm. My most used lens, unless I'm slobbing around the house and garden, is the 12-100mm. Because of my lack of health and fitness (and a dodgy immune system) traveling is done in a car, in this case the 12-100mm is perfect for me. It has excellent iq and a tremendous range. Whenever I can get away it's pretty much the only lens I need, although I carry telephoto as well. I often carry one body with the 12-100mm welded to it and a second which I use for all the others (primes, wide-angles super teles etc), but the first grab is almost invariably the 12-100mm.
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Size and weight. Size and weight. Size and weight. Optically there is no significant difference between the lenses.

If the weight doesn't matter to someone's style of shooting, then the extra stop of the 12-40 is nice. But if size and weight matters, the 12-45, with a body like the E-M5, makes a super light piece of kit that one can take pretty much anywhere.

I have both. I frequently hike, climb, and ski, and aways used to think twice about taking the 12-40. I don't even pause before taking the 12-45 - these days it is my go-to lens for when I go outside.
Ahhh, ok then. I didn't realize it was smaller and lighter, that's a significant advantage then.
 

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My used lens arrived yesterday and after a 3 hour cycle ride I was allowed a brief chance to try it out today.
Literally SOOC five minutes ago.
Comments, observations and advice gratefully received.
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Olympus Pen F
Oly 12-45/4
 

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My used lens arrived yesterday and after a 3 hour cycle ride I was allowed a brief chance to try it out today.
Literally SOOC five minutes ago.
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I like #1 and #3 best.
Seems you should be happy.
Pretty nice area, neat pictures, good weather ;)
 

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I like #1 and #3 best.
Seems you should be happy.
Pretty nice area, neat pictures, good weather ;)
Thank you.
Carew Castle, probably our favourite castle in Wales, certainly here in our county of Pembrokeshire.
We were lucky it was a glorious day; I was hoping for a "straight on" shot but the sun was more or less directly behind the castle, like this:
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I almost got the sack from work years ago for taking a similar photo.
As part of my job I'd taken some photos of damage to our work equipment, before sending the film off to hard office for processing etc.
I stopped in the car park opposite the castle for my picnic lunch and noticed the low winter sun streaming through the open windows onto the millpond which was frozen solid.
Even though I was only using the film up, one of the senior bosses went through the developed photos, saw my photo and accused me of wasting company time taking pictures and threatened with dismissal if I did it again.
Needless to say I never had any respect for him in the future!
 

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EM53 + 12-45mm f4 pro
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Some shots under lower light on new years day.
AF has issues compared to using my primes.
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Pano made of 9 portrait shots at 25mm
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