Thinking of upgrading my 14-54mm Mk2 to a 12-60mm SWD

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by FlyPenFly, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Anyone switched up?

    I'm mainly doing it for the 24mm end and possible increase in AF speed which is a bit on the slower side on the Mk2.

    I've also thought about just getting the 11-22mm which apparently has less distortion on the wide end although sharpness might be comparable.
  2. ptolemyx

    ptolemyx Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 19, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    I had the 12-60 for six months or so on an EM5. It's a fantastic lens, but the AF speed was pretty crappy; in fact, I thought the 14-54 mk2 was the fastest-focusing FT lens on MFT bodies.

    But yeah, the 12-60 makes some great images...
  3. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    I have both and although this won't help my selling the 14-54ii :eek: I can say that the 12-60 contrary to what I had understood focuses slightly faster than the 14-54ii. I have yet to get a miss focus with the 12-60 either.

    When I say slightly I mean maybe 30%. They are both slow compared to the 12-50 or the 14 2.5 which both focus instantly. There are occasions when the 12-60 has to move through the full focus range and this takes some time. This does not occur with the 14-54ii and in these situations the 14-54ii is definitely faster.

    Image quality is really a wash unless you compare them side by side and in that situation the 12-60 has a bit more micro detail.

    The 14-54ii while not much smaller is significantly lighter and easier to handle while shooting. It works just fine on the E-PL2 where the 12-60 feels too big. With a gripped OM-D the 12-60 handles fine.

  4. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Thanks, that's very helpful.

    Thoughts on keeping my 14-54 mk2 and getting the 11-22 as a companion?
  5. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    I've never shot with the 11-22. I've tried the 9-18 and I was not blown away.

    I'd try the Pany 7-14.
  6. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I found the 12-60 almost unusable as an AF lens, especially in indoor lighting conditions. If you want a 12mm with fast AF you'll need either the 12-35 or the 12mm f2.

  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Optically, the 12-60 is a gem. It's sharper than both the 11-22 and the 14-54 (although it has more WA distortion). But the AF is slow in general, and when it misses (not unusual) it's very, very slow.

    Also, the AF motor is not robust. Mine has now failed twice in less than 2 years and it has not been used all that heavily. Unless you plan to use MF only, or don't mind the slow AF and can get the extended warranty, I would pass.
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