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paullus
30th March 2011, 07:03 PM
I have found an excellent offer on a mint 12-60mm SWD. I own a 14-54 MKII. Has anyone upgraded from the 14-54mm to the 12-60mm and wondered why? I rarely use Live View BTW.
I only want objective answers please not justification to the other half for spending more dosh on a once in a lifetime never to be missed purchase!!
Yeah, I'm male, married for 31 years and my wife has unfortunately sussed me out after all these years.
Please bear in mind that the purchase could cost me an expensive birthday present,as quite rightly it should;)

wanderer
30th March 2011, 07:26 PM
I upgraded from the 14-45. The 12-60 is a superbly versatile lens.
The range should cover 80%+ of your needs in a lens. It then makes it much more difficult to justify any other lenses. The optics are amazingly sharp.

You'll never regret it and it will work well with any body upgrade. I expect to use it on the E-5 when I get one.
Have a look in my gallery. Most pictures there are taken with this lens.

roadkill_6mm
30th March 2011, 07:50 PM
I upgraded from the 14-45. The 12-60 is a superbly versatile lens.
The range should cover 80%+ of your needs in a lens. It then makes it much more difficult to justify any other lenses. The optics are amazingly sharp.

You'll never regret it and it will work well with any body upgrade. I expect to use it on the E-5 when I get one.
Have a look in my gallery. Most pictures there are taken with this lens.

I agree!!

When I had my E510 I upgraded my lenses and in the end only EVER used 2.....the 50-200mm SWD and the 12-60mm

If you're into reviews, about the only thing that DPReview had against the 12-60mm was a price......if you can pick one up at a good price then theonly real issue they had has gone!!

Honestly it is a fastastic lens, super sharp and makes a perfect 'walkabout' lens that'll also do so much more!

If you get one you really wont regret it!!

Regards

Neil

Melaka
30th March 2011, 08:00 PM
I upgraded from a 14-54 Mk1 to a 12-60 and have never regretted it. The main advantage is in the increased range of focal length which is more than worth the cost difference. A 12-60 and a 50-200 will enable you to commit every photographic sin you've ever heard of and a few more besides.

yorky
30th March 2011, 08:40 PM
Like the the others, I upgraded to the 12-60, its a fine lens but obviously slightly weighter than the 14.54 which is of course a fine lens in its own right however, if you have aspirations to the 9-18 at anytime maybe its not worth upgrading too the 12-60.

benvendetta
30th March 2011, 09:16 PM
Were you all ok with the distortion at the wide end? This is the only thing (and its size compared to the 14-54) that I would have reservations about.

wanderer
30th March 2011, 10:04 PM
Were you all ok with the distortion at the wide end? This is the only thing (and its size compared to the 14-54) that I would have reservations about.

Most of the time it is a useful artistic effect. On some architectural pictures it could be a problem but so far I've been able to overcome it using Lens correction in Photoshop Elements.

benvendetta
30th March 2011, 10:14 PM
Yes, it would be nice to have the 12-60 as a general walkabout lens. I do have the 7-14, 14-54 and 11-22 but I find that the middle one is a good compromise.
I do like the 11-22 as a general lens sometimes.

stevednp3
30th March 2011, 11:05 PM
I ditto melaka ;)

David M
31st March 2011, 12:53 AM
I was so unimpressed with my sample of the original 14-54 I sold it after testing the kit 14-42 that came with my E-410.

I added the 12-60 to my kit and couldn't imagine going back to the 14-54.

paullus
31st March 2011, 08:52 AM
Just ordered a used one from Harrisons Cameras in Sheffield. Described as in excellent condition, just been serviced by Olympus with a 12 month warranty. Should have it tomorrow hopefully fingers crossed.