What good walkaround zoom do you use?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dhazeghi, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    So for those of you who use a walkaround zoom for a good number of your photographs (yeah, I know we're quite outnumbered by prime shooters in these parts!) and are particular about image quality, what are you shooting with?

    I ask because I'm currently reviewing results from a trip last month where the m.ZD 12-50/3.5-6.3 majorly failed to impress. My ZD 12-60/2.8-4.0 meanwhile is facing a $300 repair bill for the second time in 18 months which I'm disinclined to pay. I'm even beginning to entertain the notion of looking at other systems, if that gives a sense of how desperate I am!
  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    I have considered to replace the P14-45 with the P12-35, but after great thought i would stick with the P14-45. It is a great sharp lens in a small package.
  3. Timos L

    Timos L Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    Timos :)
    I use the 14-42 PZ, my copy never had blur problems and it makes a very small portable package with my G5 (and G3 before).

    I prefer to be able to take a shot because of carrying the camera with me, rather than missing shots because my camera+lens are too big to carry with me :cool:
  4. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    I have and use the 14-42 and 12-50, neither one excite me. Impatiently waiting for the rumored 12-40.
  5. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I use the 12-35, lovely lens, worth every penny.


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  6. jeffg53

    jeffg53 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Jeff Grant
    +1 for the 12-35, it's an excellent lens.
  7. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I wouldn't repair it either, if you're just going to use it on a m4/3 body. The problem with using CDAF on that lens is the SWD motor. You would not have that problem using a fly-by-wire motor like on the Zuiko 14-54mm...and of course the Mark II version of that lens is the ideal solution as it will be much faster to AF as well as being problem free with CDAF. If using an SWD motor on m4/3, you should stick mainly to manual focus. For me that's my first choice anyways because my MF technique is generally faster than a non-optimized PDAF lens on CDAF.

    In short, that $300 would be much better used towards the purchase of a Zuiko 14-54mm/2.8-3.5 II (budget option) or a Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 (ideal option).
  8. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Heh. This is pretty much what I said in a PM. Personally I think the extra reach of the 14-54 is worth the slightly greater size. And it is not a huge difference. Have a look at the lens size comparison I posted in the new omd zoom thread.
  9. cuervo.taylor

    cuervo.taylor Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2013
    7-14mm loved it for backpacking.
  10. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    +1 for the 12-35
  11. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I'm very happy with the Olympus 14-150 as a walkaround and general-purpose zoom.
  12. I have a 14-42 (compactness is the main advantage) and 12-50 (water proofing is the main advantage) and a 14-150 (which seems to have slightly better IQ between 14 and 50 and of course much more zoom range). My pick of the 3 (as long as I've got space) is the 14-150.

    Having said that I'd love a 12-35 :)
  13. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    My walk around zoom is the Pany 35-100... I generally throw the 14m pancake prime in my pocket (and maybe the 20 or 25), but I have found the 35-100 zoom is getting a lot more time on camera than I would think.
  14. denniscloutier

    denniscloutier Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    +1 for the 14-54 II. Autofocus isn't blazing fast but the optical quality is very good.
  15. Colorbright

    Colorbright Mu-43 Regular

    Panasonic 12-35. I hesitated due to the cost, but in the end one of them came to live with me ;>) Definitely a really nice lens! Now I'm beginning to think about the 35-100...ah, you know how it is... ;>)
  16. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2012
    The 12-35 and 35-100 pretty much follow my camera everywhere. Both are great lenses and a pleasure to shoot with on an OMD.
  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    I use the same lens on the E-M5 as my every day take with me kit, mostly for the size. No blur problem here either.

    When I travel next -- which probably won't be until 2014 -- I'll take a couple of bodies and some primes. The 12-35 sounds perfect, and would cover about 85% of what I'd shoot, but it's not in the budget in the foreseeable future.
  18. mraloha

    mraloha New to Mu-43

    Feb 24, 2013
    USA (Hawaii)
    +1 for the 12-35mm. I don't see much difference in image quality between the 12-35 and the 12-50, but the faster aperture is really great to have.
  19. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Another one here for the 14-150.
  20. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    12-35. Ever since I got it, it's almost always been on the camera. I would prefer more reach (say 12-50 or 60) with 2.8 at the wide end, but its the 12mm that seals it for me. More important than the relative lack of tele.

    Honestly, for MFT, oly has yet to release a zoom that impresses me, while the Panasonics have surpassed my expectations - I have no qualms putting the 12-35 and 7-14 up against canon f4 L glass, and even the 100-300 compares favorably to the 100-400 canon. And I had a good copy.
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