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Test drive with new 12-35mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by alans, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    I've had the 12-35mm for a week which I used on the E-M5. Very nice lens with excellent construction and pretty good IQ. With this and the upcoming 35-100, Panasonic must have a pro body up its sleeve.

    My main reason for buying this lens and why I need it now is that I photograph events for a university and with the new school year I will soon be very busy. My main equipment is a Canon FF system but there are times when m43 are better so I'll be working dual systems. My other option was a 24-70 Canon but the 12-35mm was the direction I wanted to go to. With the E-M5, 12-35. 45 and hopefully 75, this will be a quiet and stealthy system for shooting available light in classrooms full of phd candidates. It will also help minimize lens changing as there's nothing worse than dropping a lens cap while the Dean is speaking.

    With that said, I don't know if this will be a regular lens for my everyday shooting. I still like the kit lenses and if you get a good one, they work well and are a lot less expensive as are the primes. CA and fringing aren't as bad as some people say and it's easy to clean up with LR4. Still it would be nice if Oly had a firmware fix for this as I get a little CA/fringing with my other Pany lenses.

    So here are some test shots from my first week with the lens. I didn't shoot a lot as I had to send the E-M5 for cleaning as there was dust stuck on the sensor, the first this has happened with any Oly 43/m43 that I've used;(

    Not a great shot and the highlight can't be fixed in LR but it's a great taqueria![img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7864596644_7d9f99ea1f_c.jpg"><br>
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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    These highlight the fact hat this is a very sharp lens with beautiful contrast. Nice shots.
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  3. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Kit lenses, yes.

    Primes, not so much. If you go with the best primes 12+25+45(either one) the total is almost $1800. Even going the cheap route of 14+20+45 is almost $900. (prices from B&H as of this morning)
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  4. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Good initial depth and the beginning of a mundane symmetry that is immediately undermined by the water meters on the lower left and the tattered sign on the upper left. Two stops darker, it could be a still from the feature film A Streetcar Named Desire; somewhere that Vivien Leigh's character Blanche DuBois would have once worked when in better economic times. As it stands, the depth of the structure's urban decay provides a glimpse of a foreboding ambiance beyond that corridor.

    Thanks for sharing this image.

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  5. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    Thanks Bob. I've been very impressed with how m43 is turning out so far.

  6. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    tc, you figured out part of my strategy as i did sell a 12, 20 and a flash to help pay for this. Might sell a 14 as well. I'm keeping the 45 though:) 

  7. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    very nice..
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  8. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    Thank you OdBm. I had first noticed this building a year ago in a part of town I seldom go to. The weathered "beauty" is what caught my eye. It faces west and my plan was to shoot it in late afternoon sun. It's also in a part of town where it's not good to show expensive camera gear so I never got around to it. I just happened to be around there last Saturday afternoon, earlier than I hoped to be, and quickly shot 6 exposures aperture priority at f8 and moved on. A stop or two darker and I would have been happy - now I have to go back.

    BTW, lately I've been intrigued by Fred Herzog's work in Vancouver.

  9. mabelsound

    mabelsound Guest

    Good pictures!
  10. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
    Napier Lopez
    Wow. I'm a fan of punchy colors, but I absolutely love the way you work your colors here. Subdued and "natural", but somehow not at all dull like such a palette often tends to be. Great shots!
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  11. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    Thanks Napi, I like punchy colors as well but haven't quite got there myself ye;) 

    My pp is pretty basic, it's pretty much 3 steps forward, one step back. I'll overcorrect the highlights, then back it off, same with sharpening, color temp. etc. This tends to keep it "natural". Oly seems to help that out with their jpeg's.

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