Sell me a Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro M.Zuiko lens

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Fred S, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    There is here locally a " MINT " 12-40 f 2.8 pro lens 4 sale
    I have an EM-10 and EPL-5
    I have a 12-50 and I like it but sometimes I need a little more sharper picture and a little quicker f 2.8 vs f 3.5 at 12 mm
    I shoot everything except people

    Land Scape / Scenery , Flowers, Bugs, Old Classic cars
    I shoots birds and critters with my 75-300

    The people on this forum did a nice job in selling me an EM-10 :)

    Thanks
     
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  2. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 29, 2011
    Are you asking us to convince you to buy a 12-40mm?

    If so........ just browse through the Showcase :)

    I love mine dearly and think it's fantastic. Prime quality with zoom convenience. My favorite thing about it is that it can focus quite closely, and performs as a quasi-macro lens in a pinch.
     
  3. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    The 12-40 is one of the best lens purchases I've made in 40 years. It's very sharp and the close focusing capability is quite useful.
     
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  4. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Sounds like he wants convinced.

    If zooms are what you love and you want the best for m43 in that focal range - you've got 2 choices. The O12-40/2.8 or the P12-35/2.8
    I prefer Oly optics, but that is just me.
     
  5. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    Yes, I like Zooms and need convincing
    My 12-50 is nice but is the 12-40 that much better ??
    lots of threads here and Images the show case ( lots of nice ones )
    I am looking for OOC jpg . so I can see a good comparison

    I talked to the seller and he will let me do a test run before I buy
     
  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Yes, it would be night and day difference in IQ as well as you get f/2.8 at all ranges, and you know how slow the 12-50 can be. If you have the means and need that extra speed, it's a no brainer choice, really.
     
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  7. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    Just to be the contrarian, I will sell you the Panasonic 12-35mm.

    weight: The 12-35 is 305g vs 382g for the Oly 12-40. For a small system like m4/3, this is a significant difference. The Oly is 25% heavier.

    length: 74mm for the Panasonic. 84mm for the Olympus. Not much different but the Panasonic is smaller and feels smaller.

    Image Quality: People argue back and forth. They are both great. I can attest that the Panasonic 12-35mm has the following characteristics based on the careful comparisons that I have made. These are all dependent on my particular copies of course.

    -compared the Panasonic 12-35 @ 12mm to the Olympus 12mm f2.0. The Panasonic may be marginally sharper in the center but is clearly sharper at the edges. It is much better for landscapes than the Oly 12 IMO.

    -compared the Panasonic 12-35mm @25mm to the Olympus 25mm 1.8. The Panasonic 12-35mm is every bit as sharp and the colors are every bit as good.

    I am sure the Olympus 12-40mm is a nice lens but IQ wise, the Panasonic is just as good but in a smaller package. It fits better with the Pens or something small like the EM-10.
     
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  8. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    The 12-40 is a bit larger and heavier than the 12-50. You need to accept that right off. It will make your camera bag more to deal with and will require a bit of adjustment in hand-holding the EM-10 until you feel comfortable. Good hand-holding technique will help there.

    All that said, the extra speed and sharpness make the 12-40 a keeper in my book. It is probably the best zoom I have ever owned in 40 years of photography. Comes close in image quality to the primes in the same range. My old 12-50 EZ is in a box in the closet.
     
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  9. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    I am going with the 12-40
    For an extra -+ 75 grams but also an extra 10mm EFL not much but its there
    I was shooting with my 75-300 this morning and had no problems at 300mm with the 423g (14.9 ounces) lens

    Thanks again all for the help
     
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  10. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Dave
    If you get the 12-40, I do recommend purchasing the grip for your EM10. It's a pretty small grip but definitely changes the ergonomics
     
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  11. Fred S

    Fred S Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2012
    Calgary
    Fred S
    I picked up my 12-40 this morning ( finally ) new from a camera store $ 850.00 Canuck bucks $ 680.00 USD
    and a EM10 Grip
    First VERY early impressions
    IMO The 12-40 is NOT heavy . I usually have a 75-300 on my EM-10
    First image in Rainy overcast sky in my back yard
    at f 4.5 iso 200 shutter 160 to 250 The colors look VERY GOOD and the image looks Sharp :)
    I tried f 2.8 and the shutter at ISO 200 shot up 1600 ( Impressive )
    Tomorrow a field test
     
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  12. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Dave
    Congratulations on the new lens. Excellent choice.