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giorgosmit
19th December 2008, 07:36 PM
Hello folks! First post in a while. I have a dillema regarding a lens- the 12-60. I am looking for a standard zoom lens, and the 14-54 does not have the range (mostly wide) I am looking for. I currently have the 11-22, which I adore, but find rather limiting. I am seriously considering the 12-60, but my budget is a bit tight at the moment. I am therefore considering to trade in some other lenses that are simply gathering dust, and these are the 50mm macro and the 18-180 (the former as I *hate* the AF, and have the 50mm 1.4 OEM for portraitwork, and the later I never really wanted anyway, just part of a used E-1 kit), plus a flash. However, I'm not sure if the entire cost is covered, so I may take out the 18-180 and throw in the 11-22.

Now here is the catch. I *love* that lens. Sits on a camera all the time, and is easily my most frequently used lens. In the back of my mind, I hope to keep the 11-22 as a dedicated landscape lens and the 12-60 as a general walk-around solution. So, any of you switched the 11-22 for a 12-60 and regretted it? How does the 12-60 compare to the 11-22 in terms of IQ, especially in the wide end? How bad is the distortion at 12 mm? And, finally, does the missing 1 mm in the wide end make itself noticed?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

Ian
19th December 2008, 07:44 PM
Hello folks! First post in a while. I have a dillema regarding a lens- the 12-60. I am looking for a standard zoom lens, and the 14-54 does not have the range (mostly wide) I am looking for. I currently have the 11-22, which I adore, but find rather limiting. I am seriously considering the 12-60, but my budget is a bit tight at the moment. I am therefore considering to trade in some other lenses that are simply gathering dust, and these are the 50mm macro and the 18-180 (the former as I *hate* the AF, and have the 50mm 1.4 OEM for portraitwork, and the later I never really wanted anyway, just part of a used E-1 kit), plus a flash. However, I'm not sure if the entire cost is covered, so I may take out the 18-180 and throw in the 11-22.

Now here is the catch. I *love* that lens. Sits on a camera all the time, and is easily my most frequently used lens. In the back of my mind, I hope to keep the 11-22 as a dedicated landscape lens and the 12-60 as a general walk-around solution. So, any of you switched the 11-22 for a 12-60 and regretted it? How does the 12-60 compare to the 11-22 in terms of IQ, especially in the wide end? How bad is the distortion at 12 mm? And, finally, does the missing 1 mm in the wide end make itself noticed?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

This might help:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/11/zuiko_digital_918_sample_image_comparisons.php

I have not done a distortion test on the 12-60 yet, but some do report more distortion at 12mm than the 14-54 at 14mm.

Ian

giorgosmit
19th December 2008, 07:56 PM
Thank you Ian. After seeing these samples, I think I will keep on my 11-22 if at all possible. Seems to be better at WA than the 12-60.

peak4
19th December 2008, 08:46 PM
Hi Always worth looking at Andrez Wrotnia's site for an informed opinion;

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/zd-012-060.html

or Biofos here;

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/hg.html

Cheesy Grins
19th December 2008, 08:55 PM
Hi

Don't have the 12-60 do have 11-22 and 14-54, gone through simiar thoughts as well. what I have seen & tried with the 12-60 is a very good lens a tad sharper than the 14-54 in my book. I did see a test (non-technical) some months back which was a series of pictures of a building and indeed the 12-60 did have a slightly odd wavy distortion not sever but not present on the 11-22, the discussions concluded it was probably down to the fancy shaped aspheric elements

Cheers

David M
19th December 2008, 09:06 PM
I have not done a distortion test on the 12-60 yet, but some do report more distortion at 12mm than the 14-54 at 14mm.

Ian

Yeah, if I need an angle of view in the 12-14mm range I use my 7-14 because my sample of the 12-60 has some distortion at the wide end.

But I should add that my sample of the 12-60 blows away the sample of the 14-54 I used to own in all other respects.

giorgosmit
19th December 2008, 10:47 PM
Thank you all for your helpful insight. So, my reasoning is correct: 11-22 for dedicated landscape work, and 12-60 for everything else. I will go check the trade-in details tomorrow probably, assuming the store has not been smashed in the recent rioting and try to keep on my 11-22 at all costs!

blu-by-u
20th December 2008, 02:09 AM
Keep that 11-22.

The 11-22 was my first lens purchase after those kit lenses. Even now when I have a 7-14, that 11-22 would remain my choice for wide. First off, it's brighter/faster then any of the other wide lenses. It's light and the distortion is minimal.