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earlier this year I picked up a pentax 645z and haven't picked up my em5 since. the recent lens releases had me curious and after the em1 mII announcement, I decided to prepare for its release. on friday i picked up this lens. this morning i sold the olympus 12 limited.

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one more shot from Friday night. so far, the only gripe i have is the lag time the camera seems to have adopted. when powering on, it takes a couple of seconds before the evf will activate. i imagine it could be the em5 software not being optimized for the lens profile. anyway, plan to do more shooting with this today.

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I just acquired this lens yesterday and took some early shots. I like it for both the fast aperture but also the starburst it delivers when stopped down as well.


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Those starbursts are much better defined than other PL lenses I've used (PL15 & PL25). They look like what you would get from one of the Voigtlander lenses (one of the reasons I love those lenses).

Glad to see someone purchased this lens and is putting it to good use. I really just wish this lens was a 10mm instead of a 12mm, and I'd have already sold my 7-14 PRO for this instead. But a lot of times, 12mm just isn't wide enough...
 

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Those starbursts are much better defined than other PL lenses I've used (PL15 & PL25). They look like what you would get from one of the Voigtlander lenses (one of the reasons I love those lenses).

Glad to see someone purchased this lens and is putting it to good use. I really just wish this lens was a 10mm instead of a 12mm, and I'd have already sold my 7-14 PRO for this instead. But a lot of times, 12mm just isn't wide enough...
Thanks for your comments. Funny thing, I had the Voigtlander 17 mm which I loved for the starbursts too. I didn't like the size/weight of it though and missed the lack of AF, so I eventually sold it. I also had the Oly 7-14 which I also recently sold - tough decision. There were things I really liked about that lens but I didn't want to get into a second set of filters for it since I am already using the Lee seven 5 system.
I like the size of the Panny 12, the fast aperture, the ability to use my current filters and the starburst characteristics stopped down. I don't currently own anything wider than that other than the Samyang 7.5 and haven't missed the UWA too much yet.
 
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Thanks for your comments. Funny thing, I had the Voigtlander 17 mm which I loved for the starbursts too. I didn't like the size/weight of it though and missed the lack of AF, so I eventually sold it. I also had the Old 7-14 which I also recently sold - tough decision. There were things I really liked about that lens but I didn't want to get into a second set of filters for it since I am already using the Lee seven 5 system.
I like the size of the Panny 12, the fast aperture, the ability to use my current filters and the starburst characteristics stopped down. I don't currently own anything wider than that other than the Samyang 7.5 and haven't missed the UWA too much yet.
Haha, I just sold my PL15 in effort to fund the purchase of a CV 17.5. Also going to sell my PL25, and plan on picking up a CV 25 & CV 42.5. I will still have a Panasonic 20mm & 42.5 f/1.7, so I'll have some AF primes, in addition to the 7-14 PRO and 12-60 SWD. I just love the manual focusing of the CV lenses, and the way they render, either at wide apertures, or stopped down.

There are definitely times where I need something wider than 12mm to get the shot I want, and I'm glad to have the 7-14 in those case. But man, what I wouldn't give for a 9 or 10mm f/1.4 (the CV 10.5 has caught my interest, but I have used it yet and I've heard it has some pretty sever field curvature, which obviously isn't ideal for stopped-down landscape shots).

Either way, I plan on following this thread to see what you post, because this lens has caught my interest. I look forward to seeing what you can capture with this lens.
 

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Haha, I just sold my PL15 in effort to fund the purchase of a CV 17.5. Also going to sell my PL25, and plan on picking up a CV 25 & CV 42.5. I will still have a Panasonic 20mm & 42.5 f/1.7, so I'll have some AF primes, in addition to the 7-14 PRO and 12-60 SWD. I just love the manual focusing of the CV lenses, and the way they render, either at wide apertures, or stopped down.
Relevant aside: Panasonic is way, way better at MF assist than Olympus.
 

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Please quantify? Which Panasonic and compered to which Olympus? The EM1 has excellent peaking. Doubt you could get better.
My GM5 has better peaking than my E-M1... The Olympus isn't really bad, it's just Panasonic has a better implementation. Same goes for magnify assist.
This is an image thread. Can any discussions not about the images be taken to a PM instead?
Dedicated thread: Video: manual focus comparison between Olympus (E-M1) and Panasonic (G85)

Apologies for the detour, hope this corrects it. Lens and pics look amazing here!
 
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I wonder what was done differently with the PL12 for it to render star-bursts that are better than those on previous PL lenses?

Having said that, I'm kind of bummed that it doesn't seem to render distant light sources as well as the Voigtlander lenses do. It renders star-bursts for close light sources, but not for distant ones.
 
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