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| p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro - Has Anyone gotten one yet? |
I have the 12-40mm f/2.8 (and fast primes) and I think it's an excellent lens. Really excellent actually for a fast zoom. If you worry about small sharpness differences in the extreme corners of a photo and care a lot about dxomark numbers, you should not use a zoom in the first place. Nothing but the 75mm f/1.8 will satisfy a real pixel peeper I think. I had that one too, but I sold it for the 45mm f/1.8. 75mm is just not a very versatile/practical focal length. I never used it. Also, it's big and heavy. I think many people are tempted to buy this lens just because it scores on dxomark, but in practice it's a specialty lens that you should only buy if you really need it. The 45mm is so much more versatile and the image quality is absolutely fine. You'll save some money too.
If you actually make photos, you can't go wrong with this zoom. I've used them all, from the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 to the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and anything in between. I also have some high quality primes. I can find nothing wrong with this Olympus 12-40mm. This lens does it all and it does it convincingly too. As a bonus, you can come extremely close to your subject with it. Almost macro, that's great, and it's stays sharp! How cool is that? Personally I only stop this lens down (maximum f/5.6) if I need greater depth of field, but not because it's not good enough wide open. It is, it's sharp and contrasty at all apertures and all focal lengths.
This lens rocks and at the moment I see no reason to take it of my camera and swap it for a prime. That says a lot, because I'm very picky when it comes to optical quality and usability. I think Olympus has hit a home run with this puppy.