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Panny 12-35 mm 2.8-4.0 or Oly 12-50 mm 3.5-6.3 or wait for Oly 12-60 2.8-4.0?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Bhupinder2002, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi Guys
    This is getting more and more interesting . I barely convinced myself to stop with OMD + 12-50 mm but now Panny 12-35 mm 2.8-4.0 is looking damn good lens . I was wondering what some of you will chose as a walkway lens . I like Oly 12-50 mm 3.5 especially it gives decent macro performance but Panny 12-35 2.8 -4.0 has some distinct advantages and looks a terrific lens.The story doesnt end here --enter rumoured Olympus 12-60 mm2.8-4.0 and it becomes more complicated .I was thinking of stop drooling over Panny 12-35 , have some patience and buy Oly 12-60 mm 2.8 -4.0 and Oly 25 mm 1.8 when they are out .Any suggestions ?
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The Oly 25/1.8 and 12-60/2.8-4 rumor came from an unproven source, so don't count on it! Fun to ponder though, and we'll know the truth in a few short months...
  3. allenrowand

    allenrowand Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Allen Rowand
    When I saw the Pana 12-35, I told myself:
    • it's too short, since I've gotten to like the 12-50's reach
    • it's priced out of my comfort level (not saying it's too expensive)
    • shut up and go shoot, because you just bought an entire new camera system

    IF the 12-60 is real, I may have to rethink things. It would have a bit more reach and speed (especially at the far end) than the 12-50. The $400ish price difference puts it in my comfort zone. Plus, I could buy an E-M5 body for my wife and give her the 12-50… :biggrin:
  4. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    In this focal range its a very difficult choice. I use the Panasonic 14-45mm at the moment on the OMD and its a stella lens, if it wasnt such a good lens then the Olympus 12-60mm has opened my eyes for sure, which im sure will be aot cheaper than the 12-35mm.

    If the Olympus optics are excellent, then it could be on my list to buy, but the 35-100 is the big one im awaiting for, just wish they wouldnt keep bringing out all these new lenses, the MFT format is taking over my wallet!!! :D 
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I am interested to see what the pricing will be on fast-ish zooms. Hopefully there will be an "everyman's" option for the enthusiasts/amateurs priced between the kit zoom and pro zoom.
  6. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    For me personally there's two compelling reasons to move to the 12-xx lenses from the other native zooms: 1) faster aperture capability and 2) extra 2mm on the wide end and. The 12-35 looks crisp as can be also, but to be fair I've seen sharp results from my Panasonic 14-140 and 14-45 too, so that's not the biggest motivator.

    The main feature I'm looking for is the faster aperture, and f/2.8 is still a stop or two below the fast primes I'm used to using for low light situations. Losing another stop to f/4.0 as with the rumored Olympus 12-60 at the far end would be less of a draw in that respect. However, I will say that the 12-60 focal range is more attractive than 12-35 for my uses, based on how I've been using my existing zooms like the 14-45 and 14-140.
  7. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    The Panny is a fixed f/2.8, not f/2.8 - 4.0.

    Which is the "best" really depends on your usage, and what you need to get out of it.

    The Oly is significantly faster, but has a much more constrained zoom range than the 12-50. Which is more important to the way you shoot?

    The 12-50 has "macro", although the 12-35 focuses pretty close. Does that matter?

    The 12-35 seems to be very, very high quality. OTOH, if all you do is post jpegs to the web it probably doesn't matter.

    The 12-60 is vapor, and not worth discussing. If you want a lens now, it's not in the mix. If you want to wait, then worry about the choice after (if) it exists.
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