What are the downsides of using Olympus 12-40 on a Panasonic?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Steven, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    The most obvious one I can think of is the lack of OIS, but are there any other negatives? Are there corrections performed by Olympus camera bodies that will not be done on a Panasonic body?
  2. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 31, 2013
    Shoot/stay shooting RAW and post process anything away. Its not like the chromatic aberrations are too bad on it. More than anything, you're getting that little bit of extended zoom range in practice.
  3. hookgrip

    hookgrip Mu-43 Regular

    May 21, 2013
    Lack of OIS is a pretty big negative. You might be able to find an ACR profile for distortions/CR to make post-processing a bit easier.
  4. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Why not get the 12-35 Panny lens. Cost a lttle more but your already at $1000 with Olympus?
  5. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    No Ois could be a problem if you drink lots of coffee.
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  6. brlowe

    brlowe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    Boise, ID
    How is it we all shot 35mm film and digital for years without any form of stabilization and now people cannot live without it?
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Same way we shot without auto focus or any sort of auto-exposure or even without built in light meters. And we shot with single ASA (ISO) film and couldn't shoot over ASA 400. Etc, etc, etc...

    Which of those things are you willing to give up now that you have them? Stabilization is just another of those modern features that we got by without but are damned happy to have now.

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  8. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I don't think you're at a focal length that really requires OIS just yet... I can shoot at 80 mm-e fairly well as long as the shutter speed is kept at reasonable speeds.
  9. Ultbruin

    Ultbruin Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 30, 2013
    GX7 solves OIS problem
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  10. Mr. Scruples

    Mr. Scruples Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 21, 2013
    OK, so now that we've determined that you give up OIS unless you have a GX7, can anyone think of any other downsides (I can't)?

    OH -- It has that Lens Function button on it.. I suppose that would be non-functional..
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