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Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

I'm 75.

I have a 12-40 and am considering a 12-100.

Your observations would be welcome re. the size and weight of the two lenses.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

Try running ďExiferĒ on your images and get a plot of the focal lengths and aperture that you use. Then if there is a reasonable number that you have taken beyond the 40mm and you use settings mostly above f/2.8 then the extra reach of the 12-100 is ideal. Especially if you take pictures at slower shutter speeds, as the dual IS will help.

Weight wise, only by try B4U buy, can you see if itís right for you...
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

The 12-100 is a lot bigger Dave. The 12-40 will fit into a small bag and even on a smaller body like the Pen it still has a "compact" feel to it. The 12-100 feels like a big lens and you would certainly be noticed as a "Photographer" (capital P) when wielding it.

The 12-100 for me is a landscape lens. It's too big as a "walkabout" lens and it's too big for lightweight travel.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

The 12 - 100 will reduce the need to take a 40 - 150, a 12 - 40 requires you really carry a 40 - 150 all things being equal.

The 12 - 100 could encourage you to take a 7 - 14 as the second lens.

The extra weight of the 12 - 100 can save you the weight and hassle of carrying a second lens.

However it is horses for courses
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

Thanks all....decisions, decisions.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

Dave.
The 12~40 weighs 382gm and is 84mm long x 70mm diam..
The 12~100 weighs 561gm and is 116mm long x 77mm diam..

Unlike Paul, I find it ideal as a 'walkabout' lens, as (having previously been used to the 4/3 12~60) I found the 40mm long end too limiting on long hill walks.

The Lens IS in conjunction with the camera body's IS is excellent and allows you to get sharp images at the telephoto end in low (winter) light. It makes the the one stop wider max aperture of the 12~40 irrelevant (for me).
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

You can check out Camerasize.com to see camera body / lens combinations.

See here for the EM5 Mark II and EM1 Mark II with those two lenses

http://j.mp/2PRfmFa

Hover over for the weights etc.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

The 12-40 does not give such a large shadow with a camera top flashgun as a 12-100 lens wil give.
OK not photography as practised by some of you but can be significant for "event" photography ie silly people doing silly things in the name of enjoyment <g>
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

If you're near an appropriate shop, you can try getting a 12-100 on the Olympus "Test and Wow" programme.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

I agree with Paul that the 12-100 is a (truly great) landscape lens.

However, it only becomes compact and light in m4/3 terms when the dual IS allows you to leave the tripod at home, and otherwise for me for travel and urban/street/event shooting with the camera in the hand I stick to a prime or the Panny 12-35. Iíve never owned a 12-40.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

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... it only becomes compact and light in m4/3 terms ...
"in m4/3 terms" is the key point. Users of most cameras would think the 12-100 wonderfully light and compact.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

Yes, I chose my words with care!

I can however only comfortably carry the 12-100 at immediate hand on a BlackRapid sling strap.

For travel/street/events I have to have the camera in my hand on a wrist strap (or a load of snap shots are missed) and itís so heavy it tickles up my tennis elbow after an hour or two. I also feel it has much too large a physical impact for those uses: exactly as I feel about using a traditional DSLR for that - traditionally a small rangefinder would be very much the better tool.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

I had the 12-40 and replaced it with the 12-100. It is now the walk about lens attached to my camera by default.

Yes, its a bit bigger and heavier but not so much that makes a difference to carrying it around. Does 172 grams (~6 oz) make a difference - not really IMHO.

That said, and more importantly, my copy is not as sharp and crisp as the 12-40 was and certainly not as sharp as my 40-150.

So if you get the chance try before you buy.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

Yes, Iím sure a try-out will be a good idea: itís an expensive mistake if you get it wrong.

As to weight, I am comparing it to the 12-35 not the 12-40, so another 75g extra, and in my repeated experience the difference is enough to make significant difference for me.
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Re: Oly 12-40 vs 12-100 size and weight.

The trouble with bare stats is that they ignore the "feel" factor. I've owned the 12-35 in the past and the 12-40 definitely feels a bigger lens even if the differences are small between them. The jump from either to the 12-100 is a much bigger jump again. The 12-40 still feels compact, but with the 12-100 you really know you have a chunky lens attached. It's not discrete and it's not compact.

It's a great lens though, mine is every bit as sharp as the 12-40 I've recently acquired.
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