|Olympus 12-40mm vs Panasonic 12-35mm|
The lens by itself was scheduled to be arriving next year, thus it is a rarity on its own.
|Who is taller? The Oly or the Panny|
As the Olympus 12-40mm is pitch as a direct competitor to the Panasonic 12-35mm, I will be comparing the pros and cons of both. As both have similar focal length and an f 2.8 aperture, it will be a toss up when choosing this essential daily zoom lens for the micro 4/3 system.
There are many micro 4/3 users already thinking of the switch. As an amateur photographer, I will leave the technical issues such as IQ to the experts. Rather the focus will be on the pros and cons of both lens in day to day use. So don't shoot me for what it is worth.
For those looking for sample pictures, look out for it at the end of the post.
|The zoom trinity|
- The extra 5 mm - having a longer reach means a little more flexible in this case. Think portrait.
- Professional level zoom lens with all weather design, touted as dust proof, freeze proof and drip proof.
- Minimum focus distance of 20cm allows interesting Macro use.
- Clutch system to toggle between manual and autofocus without going through the camera. Great for a quick focus fix.
- Lens hood provided has a lock function.
- The shorter focus distance also almost guaranteed a better bokeh picture
- Cheaper brand new compared to the Panasonic.
|OMD EM1 wtih Olympus 12-40mm|
- 62mm threaded filters means additional cost for new filters.
- No IS on lens, so use on camera models without IS is a challenge.
- May be too long and heavy if paired with smaller bodies ( eg PEN models).
|Old horse, new shoes|
- Lightweight and compact lens that give a natural feel to the when held.
- Power O.I.S means suitable for camera bodies without build in IS system.
- Splash proof and dust proof
- Uses the more common 58mm filter , so cheaper compared to 62mm
- Retails at about SGD 400 cheaper than the Olympus for used sets! A real steal for good glass.
|OMD EM1 with Panasonic 12-35mm|
- Lens hood provided has no lock leading to a possibility of a drop if knock ( happened to me!)
- Plastic material tends to scratch
- Longer focus distance of 25cm
- Retails at SGD 300 more than the Olympus 12-40 for brand new!!
|New horse , old shoes|
It really depends on the system and the use you envision for zoom lens. If you have a camera body with In built IS or a smaller body dimension, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 would be a better choice.
|Close range test - Olympus by a mile on the left|
As for me, I will bid adieu to the Panasonic 12-35mm. It is rather pointless to have 2 similar lens on hand, so one will go to fund the other.
How about you? What's your choice?
Sample Shots from Olympus 12-40mm
|Bokeh @ 40 mm f2.8|
|Same distance @ 40 mm f4|
|Hungry @ 16 mm f2.8|
|Or thirsty @ 25 mm f2.8|
|Just because @28 mm f2.8|