View Full Version : Olympus 12mm or Panasonic 12-35mm.

30th September 2012, 09:37 PM
Olympus 12mm or Panasonic 12-35mm not sure which one to get.

30th September 2012, 09:43 PM
12mm is sharp, nice to handle, manual focus ring, fast (f2).....don't have a 12-35mm but the general wisdom is that primes are always better for sharpness. Cant say if its better in this case though.

1st October 2012, 06:38 AM
Depends if you want a zoom or are a "prime" man. Many will testify at the excellence of the 12-35. However, my perception, without any hard evidence, is that Olympus lenses have that certain "something" which Panasonic, whilst no doubt technically excellent, simply don't have. Oh, and the 12mm is a delight to use.

1st October 2012, 07:48 AM
I agree with StephenL about that "something" Zuiko lenses have.

Zuiko 12mm f/2 should be better, especially in corner sharpness too.

However, both lenses are expensive and the Panasonic is far more flexible.
So the "logical" move would be to go for the Panasonic since it is a very good standard zoom lens.

1st October 2012, 07:49 AM
I have both, there's hardly anything between them at 12 mm. The 12 mm maybe has a little better edge sharpness but the 12-35 may be slightly better at the centre.
There is more in camera or RAW converter distortion correction going on with the 12-35 but if your RAW converter supports automatic correction with m4/3rds you will never know.
The 12 mm is faster, lighter, smaller perhaps nicer to use. The 12 -35 is far more flexible and still very nice to use, feels equality a quality product and is weather and dust resistant.
Other than that take your pick.

Edit: It is also worth mentioning that between 25 - 35 mm the 12 -35 output is consistent across the frame and of a very high quality.

9th December 2012, 10:20 PM
I've got the 12-35 and love it, but I've been wondering about the 12 for street photography. The zoom's a significant piece of glass and looks pretty professional: I suspect the 12 would attract less attention.

PTLens has got a 12-35 raw module for correction.

9th December 2012, 10:39 PM
In some ways the issue is not 12-35mm or 12mm, but rather 12-35mm or 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8. When viewed in this way the zoom is the cost effective and flexible option but the 3 primes (assuming the 17mm delivers) are sheer quality and at least one stop faster.

10th December 2012, 12:53 AM
... and at least one stop faster.

...as long as you've got the right one of the three in the bayonet when a Decisive Moment presents :)

geoff s
26th February 2013, 08:14 PM
There seemed to be some debate as to whether the Panasonic was actually properly weather-sealed.
Has this been answered ?

26th February 2013, 08:17 PM
There seemed to be some debate as to whether the Panasonic was actually properly weather-sealed.
Has this been answered ?

I've had both my 12-35 and 35-100 out in heavy rain (along with the E-M5) with no ill effects.