Panny 12-35mm f2.8 vs Oly 12-40mm f2.8


srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2016 5:55AM
I'm hoping to be in a position to purchase one of these two lenses in the near future to use on a GX8. It'll see a lot of use, but mostly for landscape and family days out. From a sharpness, colour, micro contrast etc point of view, what's the view on which lens performs the best?

Any info from those that have used both appreciated, particularly the reason why you might've chosen one above the other.

Cheers,

Simon.

PS - first posted this in the wrong forum section, hence why I've cross posted it here.

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Andy_Curtis 5 808 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2016 5:30PM
If its on the GX8 with IBIS then I'g go with the Oly. Just for the extra 5mm reach! and its an incredible lens with the very nice clutch manual focus mechanism.

Is the Pani weather sealed?
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2016 6:54PM

Quote:If its on the GX8 with IBIS then I'g go with the Oly. Just for the extra 5mm reach! and its an incredible lens with the very nice clutch manual focus mechanism.

Is the Pani weather sealed?



Thanks for the reply Andy, and yes the Panny is weather sealed.

Cheers,

Simon.
TTT 17 585 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2016 7:10PM
Here's a good review of both >
http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2015/12/07/panasonic-12-35-vs-olympus-12-40/
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2016 8:48PM

Quote:Here's a good review of both >
http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2015/12/07/panasonic-12-35-vs-olympus-12-40/



Thanks for the link! Very useful.

Simon.
ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2016 12:49PM

Quote:Here's a good review of both >
http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2015/12/07/panasonic-12-35-vs-olympus-12-40/



That's a cracking site overall - very clear and balanced comparisons between MFT gear with sensible conclusions on the pros and cons of alternatives.
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2016 6:01AM
Maybe I'll wait and see how the just announced Panny 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 performs Smile

http://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-announces-the-new-12-60mm-mft-lens/

Weather sealed as well!

Simon.
ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2016 10:53AM

Quote:Maybe I'll wait and see how the just announced Panny 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 performs Smile

http://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-announces-the-new-12-60mm-mft-lens/

Weather sealed as well!

Simon.



Well I doubt it's likely to perform any better than the 14-140 [which is fantastic for a super zoom]. If the weather sealing is not critical [and most of these lenses can cope with a bit of rain anyway], the 14-140 is even more convenient - and it's just as fast at 140 as this new lens is at 60...
kodachrome 7 718
24 Feb 2016 11:17AM
It seems like every new lens these days is being geared more and more towards the video makers rather than the stills market. Makes you wonder what compromises are made to fit both uses, I tend to suspect that many lenses these days are jack of all trades but not quite master of any of them unless you spend an awful lot of money.
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2016 2:45PM

Quote:
Quote:Maybe I'll wait and see how the just announced Panny 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 performs Smile

http://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-announces-the-new-12-60mm-mft-lens/

Weather sealed as well!

Simon.



Well I doubt it's likely to perform any better than the 14-140 [which is fantastic for a super zoom]. If the weather sealing is not critical [and most of these lenses can cope with a bit of rain anyway], the 14-140 is even more convenient - and it's just as fast at 140 as this new lens is at 60...



I guess we'll have to see what the performance is like once it starts being reviewed before concluding how good or bad it is. For my shooting, the 12mm at the wide end is more important than 140mm at the long end Smile
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2016 2:46PM

Quote:It seems like every new lens these days is being geared more and more towards the video makers rather than the stills market. Makes you wonder what compromises are made to fit both uses, I tend to suspect that many lenses these days are jack of all trades but not quite master of any of them unless you spend an awful lot of money.


How is this lens geared towards the video makers? On paper this new lens looks to be a superb walkaround lens for photography.

Simon.
kodachrome 7 718
24 Feb 2016 5:02PM
More to do with the power zoom which vid makers like. Although I guess moving sports shooters find it useful.

Peter
srh 15 54 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2016 6:50PM

Quote:More to do with the power zoom which vid makers like. Although I guess moving sports shooters find it useful.

Peter



But this lens doesn't have a power zoom does it?
ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2016 12:01PM
I imagine he's thinking of the [near] silent power focus. I think most new MFT lenses have that?
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
25 Feb 2016 12:10PM
I have the 12-35 f2.8. There is no power zoom. It's good for video as it is silent, it's good for video and stills as there's optical image stabilisation. I've used it with GX7 and GH4.

With the 12-35 on a GX8 I think the camera can get even more stabilization by combining lens and body IS

It's a decent lens. it's not stellar. For example I don't think it's as good as a Canon 24-70 f2.8 L or a Canon 24-105 f4 L

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