ZD 14-54mm vs Pany 12-35mm

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by fluberman, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    What do you guys think about the IQ of Olympus ZD 14-54mm Mk 1 (not the CDAF enabled Mk 2), compared to that of Pany 12-35mm? Despite the slow autofocusing, larger size (87mm + adapter vs 74mm) and heavier (435 g + adapter vs 305 g), is it worth "upgrading" to Pany 12-35 ?
     
  2. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    I have a Mk II instead of Mk I, but I assume the optical qualities are the same between the two, in which case I would say optically, it is not worth the "upgrading" to the Panasonic 12-35. I feel that the ZD14-54 is slightly sharper corner-to-corner (I haven't done any scientific test though), and has less vignetting than the 12-35. Having said that, I moved from the 14-54 II to the 12-35 primarily because of the AF speed, as well as the AF accuracy. Weight wasn't so much an issue for me when I use the 14-54 II with my E-M5, coupled with the horizontal grip. However, AF speed is important to me, and I also had problems with missed focus on my 14-54 II when the lighting condition is not ideal. AF is always spot on with the 12-35 on the other hand...
     
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  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi...
    I havent tried Panasonic 12-35 mm so far but from samples , I can say OLy 14-54 mmMkII has an edge. I dont have any AF problems with 14-54mm MkII and I imagine that I am shooting Fuji :wink:.Jokes apart Oly 14-54mm MarkII is an exellent lens and Panny 12-35 mm is not worth extra 800USD at least for me IMHO .
    Cheers
    here are some pics with Oly 14-54mm Mark II

    Bhupinder

    https://www.mu-43.com/f40/olympus-zuiko-14-54-mmii-some-thoughts-images-35941/
    https://www.mu-43.com/f40/olympus-14-54-mm-mrkii-image-thread-34621/

    https://www.mu-43.com/f56/mauritius-real-paradise-earth-37079/
     
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  4. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Nov 9, 2012
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    Clint
    I owned the MK1 version with my regular 4/3 cameras...It was one of my favorite lenses (until I upgraded to the 12-60). If you don't mind the slow focusing on m4/3, then I'd just stick with it...if a faster autofocus is what you need then I'd think about the mk2 version or the 12-35...
     
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  5. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
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    Alex
    Do you find significant increase in the AF speed?
     
  6. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    Thanks for your suggestion.
    I use legacy lenses too, so very slooow focusing or manual focusing is not a problem. But the feeling is different. If I use legacy lenses, then I will be prepared for slow focusing. But if I use modern lenses, I would expect to have a faster autofocus.

    I thought the Pany 12-35 is the same league as Oly 12-35 f2 or at least Oly 12-60. If the 12-35 optically doesn't give much improvements against the 14-54, maybe I should stick with the 14-54 for a while. If faster AF is crucial, then I will use my primes.

    For the telezoom Pany 35-100 maybe it's a different story? I don't have Oly 50-200, but 70-300. Do you think the 35-100 would be an improvement ?
     
  7. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex

    :2thumbs: :2thumbs: Very nice pictures..... Yeah, I know Oly 14-54 is a very good lens. That's why I'm wondering if the Pany 12-35 would be better.
     
  8. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    You mean between the 14-54 Mk II and the 12-35? Most definitely! The 14-54 II focuses a little bit slower than the 20/1.7 if you have used that before, while the 12-35 focuses as fast as the fastest AF m4/3 lenses available.
     
  9. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

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    tloader

    tloader

    I have had both lenses but not at the same time. IMO they are two different lenses, serving different needs. The functioning differences should be obvious.
     
  10. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    I haven't used the 12-35/2.8 yet. But I had the 14-54(I) and still have the 12-60 (use it once every year with the Oly E510). These two "legacy" (that makes them sound old) 4/3 zoom lenses were arguably some of the best pre-mirrorless zooms for any system. As for the 12-35/2, I don't think there was or is any other zoom lens that matches it in terms of IQ and speed. I used one just one time. It sure was a beauty -- but a honking big one (relatively to the other zooms). It would be interesting if Oly somehow makes the 12-35/2 smaller for its m4/3 cameras.
     
  11. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    Could you elaborate what you meant by that? Also could you tell me how to interpret the graphs you were referring?
     
  12. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 22, 2012
    Can't speak to the 14-54 specifically, but I do own the Panasonic 12-35/2.8 and a PanaLeica 14-50/2.8-3.5, which is a good bit like the 14-54 in function, purpose, range, size, and speed... for whatever that's worth. My uses for both are primarily professional video (AF100 and GH2) and secondarily home/volunteer photography.

    Originally I'd planned to let the 12-35 wholly supplant the 14-50 in my kit, but wound up keeping both. There are some jobs when that extra 15mm on the long end would be missed far too much. For other jobs, the extra half stop through most of the range and the fast autofocus are more useful.

    For home use, no question the 12-35... it's just soooo much smaller.

    Image-wise, they're comparable, and on a total gut-feeling level I prefer the 14-50... when I sampled both, I preferred the PL14-50 to the Oly14-54, but that doesn't tell me much about where I might compare the Oly and the 12-35.