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Thanks String, I have a Nikon D7000, a Sony Nex 5N, and a Panasonic GF-3 (though I don't use it that often though mostly due to its somewhat outdated sensor). I was just asking for opinions for people who have both used a Nikon 24-70 and a Panasonic 12-35. While I have always like the pictures I've seen from other people with the Nikon 24-70 or the Nikon 17-55 f2.8 for DX, I have hard time seeing myself going out to take casual pictures with lenses that large and heavy. I've thought of adding in more to my m4/3 system...Show more →
I've been shooting with the Nikon D700 and the 24-70mm f2.8 for the past several years. Recently decided to give m43 a go. I have the OMD E-M5 and several of the best lenses available, including the 45mm Oly, the 25mm PanLeica, the Lumix 12-35mm and since last Friday, the 75mm Oly. I did a quick comparison today using my reliable mannequin as a subject. In short, the 12-35 compares very well to both the 45 and 75 (didn't test it with the 25mm). There is very little to pick between the three lenses when shot at f2.8.
As far as comparison with the Nikon and 24-70, the OMD focuses so much better it's difficult to compare for portraits. (I shoot weddings and portraits so the landscape stuff is beyond my scope.) Funny thing is, I switched to Nikon 3 years ago (from Canon) because of the Nikon's focus accuracy. The current stumbling block for me is the higher digital noise of the OMD, at all ISOs, when compared to the D700. That gives the files a "different" look. Seems kind of "plastic" looking to me. Right now, I still prefer the look of the D700 files, but the OMD has some compelling positives. Not to mention that the OMD/12-35mm combo weighs less than the Nikon 24-70 alone! And, it has images stabilization. I can hand hold the 12-35 down to about 1/5 sec. The Oly IBIS is really remarkable.