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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Who has replaced their 'shorter' Pro zoom with the 12-100 or have you kept them both and why?
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

I wish I could answer, 'cause I'm still using the 12-60 SWD lens instead.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

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I wish I could answer, 'cause I'm still using the 12-60 SWD lens instead.
And a great solution it is Ross. My old 12-60 SWD is still going strong with another forum member on here
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Yes I have replaced my 12-40 pro with the 12-100 pro.

Why ?

I rarely used the extra aperture at f/2.8 and wanted a lens to be my carry round / travel lens to keep the weight down. Before I was carrying two lenses and had to keep swapping them for some shots.

The extra benefit of the In Lens IS also makes a big difference when taking longish exposures with shaky hands.

I got a good price for the 12-40 as well.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Replaced? - No. But the 12-100 is a better general purpose travelling lens and so I find myself using it a lot more. I do find the 12-40 to be a bit sharper and a lot more compact and so, when I know that I am not going to need the extra reach, I still use the 12-40.

My all-time favourite lens is still the 12-60 SWD, but that is just a bit bulky and I now find myself choosing the 12-100 in preference to it.

I am probably a bit of a hoarder, but find myself very reluctant to part with any of my old lenses.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

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Who has replaced their 'shorter' Pro zoom with the 12-100 or have you kept them both and why?
Yes, I PX'd the 12-40 to get a 12-100 and I'm delighted with the swap.
Prior to getting the 12-40 I'd used the 4/3 12-60SWD and so I missed the longer FL. This meant that on my hill walks I needed to take both the 12-40 and a longer lens. Now the 12-100 provides all the working range I want on these outings.

I seldom used the 12-40 wide open, and find that the Dual-IS easily compensates for the slower max aperture. In my experience the 12-100 IQ is as good if not better than the 12-40.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Thanks for your thoughts and experiences Dave, Larry and Chris.
I now have a 12-100 due to be delivered tomorrow, it's jumped the queue in respect of the 300 mm f/4 which I had planned to purchase first.
I'm planning initially to keep both and see how I get on. The 12-40 may find itself planted on my E-M5 MkII more often now, even though it's my favoured body for my primes.
The 12-100 will likely be my main walk around for my E-M1 MkII.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

I've kept the 12-35 f2.8 because it's a lot smaller and lighter than the 12-100 (which I find tickles up my tennis elbow if I carry it round all day, so it's no good round town for me and I have to carry the camera with it on a BlackRapid sling strap). The 12-35 is about as big as I need/can cope with for street photography.

For me the 12-100 is a perfect travel landscape lens: I sold my 35-100 f2.8 when I got it, and haven't missed it yet.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

I traded my Panasonic f2.8 duo - 12-35 and 35-100 - for it. I reasoned that I usually used the zooms for outdoors in good light so the drop from f2.8 to f4 wasn't a big issue compared to the convenience of one zoom rather than two. I was a bit worried about the larger size, but actually it isn't an issue really - even on the Pen F.

What has surprised me is the stunning IQ and the even more stunning IS. I've taken completely sharp hand held shots on the E-M1ii at 8s at 12mm. Stunning really.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Thanks Paul and Mark, good reasoning on both sides.
The lens arrived and I have to admit it's a serious piece of glass, in that its a bit larger than I imagined.
Never the less image quality is top draw in the few test shots I have taken with it and the focal length range is fantastic.
I think I'm getting over the size already.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

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Thanks Paul and Mark, good reasoning on both sides.
The lens arrived and I have to admit it's a serious piece of glass, in that its a bit larger than I imagined.
Never the less image quality is top draw in the few test shots I have taken with it and the focal length range is fantastic.
I think I'm getting over the size already.
Not too much different in having your 12-60 SWD lens on, heh?
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Ha ha, well yes, plus a few minor details
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

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I traded my Panasonic f2.8 duo - 12-35 and 35-100 - for it. I reasoned that I usually used the zooms for outdoors in good light so the drop from f2.8 to f4 wasn't a big issue compared to the convenience of one zoom rather than two. I was a bit worried about the larger size, but actually it isn't an issue really - even on the Pen F.

What has surprised me is the stunning IQ and the even more stunning IS. I've taken completely sharp hand held shots on the E-M1ii at 8s at 12mm. Stunning really.
I traded my 14-42 EZ & 40-150 II for a Panasonic 14-140 II which provides Dual IS on a GX8 It's a very good "Travel" kit and it too produces very good results.

My 12-40 is virtually fixed to the E-M1 and gets a good amount of use at f/2.8

If starting from scratch the 12-100 would be the one to go for.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

Great timing for this post! Unboxed my 12-100 only this morning. Intend using it as my main lens when using the EM 1 Mk 2 when out by myself. Will use the brilliant 12-40 when doing some night shots or other very low light stuff and/or when out with my partner when I tend just to carry my EPL 6. The 12-40 just about sits with the EPL in terms of size, the 12-100 is a little too large for it in my opinion.
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Re: Has the 12-100 replaced your 12-40 / 12-35?

I kept my 12-40 when I got my 12-100 as I wasn't sure about its size and losing the f2.8 aperture. In practice I've found the 12-100 ideal for holiday use. I've just been to Austria and found I was using it for most shots, supplemented by my Lumix 7-14 F4 and old Lumix 100-300 lenses.

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