Olympus Zoom lens for OM-D E M10

MartinP

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I already have Oly 25/f1.8 and Oly 45/f1.8.
I am thinking to get some zoom lens for outdoor.
Some time ago I sold Olympus 14-42mm ii r

At this moment I am considering two options:
  • Olympus 14-150 f4-5.6 - is this lens the same quality as Olympus 14-42mm ii r , sharpness, etc.
  • Olympus 12-45 f/4
  • (Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 - too bulky)
The lens will be used only outside, indoors I am mostly using Olympus 25/f1.8
 

JonSnih

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I already have Oly 25/f1.8 and Oly 45/f1.8.
I am thinking to get some zoom lens for outdoor.
Some time ago I sold Olympus 14-42mm ii r

At this moment I am considering two options:
  • Olympus 14-150 f4-5.6 - is this lens the same quality as Olympus 14-42mm ii r , sharpness, etc.
  • Olympus 12-45 f/4
  • (Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 - too bulky)
The lens will be used only outside, indoors I am mostly using Olympus 25/f1.8
A 12-45mm F4 is a very good choice (size & price wise). Take a look at Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 (210 grams). The lens is known for high sample variation. If you can get a good copy, you will be very satisfied. There is also a Leica F2.8-4 variant of the lens, which is bigger, heavier (320 grams) and more expensive. Visit our sample image showcase threads here on mu-43 forum.

The comparison of the Panny 12-60mm zooms
 

RAH

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I am a big fan of the PL12-60 2.8-4. For me, it hits the sweet spot of size, weight, and additional reach vs the Olympus 12-40 and 12-45. If you want to save some weight and size, the P12-60 3.5-5.6 is a good option too, as @JonSnih says. I looked at the 12-45 when it came out, but even though it is somewhat smaller and lighter than the PL12-60, I think it loses too much reach to be a good tradeoff. But it IS a very nice lens and tempting, IMHO. Here is a comparison of the various sizes (on an E-M5.3 body):
pl12-60_p12-60_o12-45_o12-40.jpg
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John King

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Martin, the 12-50 macro is a flexible and much underrated lens.

Mine lives on my E-M1 MkI.

Great for all sorts of shots.

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Our beautiful Rosa (RIP) at ISO 6400 with E-M1 MkI + 12-50 macro.
 

ac12

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My own GP light lens is the Panasonic-Lumix 12-60.
Not as long as the 14-150, but wider. I value the wider short end of the 12-60, more than the longer end of the 14-150.
 
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