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New lens for landscape work?

I am currently using the following kit:
E M1 mk1 and EP5 with 12-40mm, 9-18mm (43), Samyang fisheye, 70-300 (43) and 40-150 4.0, Sigma 60mm

I take mainly landscapes and find that the 12-40 is absolutely brilliant. I am certainly not thinking of changing that one!

I do find that when I need a bit more reach, even if only to 75 or 100mm, the 40-150 seems to be a lot softer (I know it may sometimes be haze when shooting at scenery that is a mile or more away). The 75-300 is better but heavy, the 60mm is nice but not long enough and I find it a better portrait lens - colours seem slightly muted for landscapes.

The 40-150 pro seems very heavy...mainly for tripods.

So, I'm left with the thought that there is not a huge amount of choice for landscape telephoto work with M43.

I've thought of the 75mm and the panasonic 35-100mm, and even trying my kit 40-150 43 lens (which I still have) with an adaptor.

I know I could go with a 14-100, but I like the 12-40 so much and take the vast majority of my shots with it. It doesn't seem like a way forward for me, becuase in the field I nearly always have time to change lenses and the IQ on the 12-40 is so good.

How about the 75-300mm or the 40-150mm pro?

Anything else for release in the near future?

Anyone got any thoughts?
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

Panasonic 35-100?
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

The 40-150 pro isn't the smallest and lightest lens but that just reflects it's
build and optical quality. It has all the features and qualities you're enjoying with your 12-40mm but with a different focal length. I have both lenses and couldn't imagine parting with either of them.


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Re: New lens for landscape work?

Is it ok for hand held shots in good light and if so at what shutter speed, allowing for IS?

I don't want to use a tripod for most shots if I'm on the move.
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

If the 12-40 is mostly used for landscape work then I'd be tempted to sell it and replace it with the 12-100. The 12-100 is probably the best zoom lens I've ever used. You'll lose a stop compared to the 12-40 but you'll gain a lot of reach and will get amazing image stabilisation as an excellent bonus. The 12-100 will be lighter and need less lens changing than the 12-40 plus 35-100.
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

Perhaps that is an option.

I wonder whether the 100mm will be enough extra range to justify getting rid of the wonderful 12-40mm.

I need to do some thinking, but IQ is first consideration, followed by weight and price.
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

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If the 12-40 is mostly used for landscape work then I'd be tempted to sell it and replace it with the 12-100. The 12-100 is probably the best zoom lens I've ever used. You'll lose a stop compared to the 12-40 but you'll gain a lot of reach and will get amazing image stabilisation as an excellent bonus. The 12-100 will be lighter and need less lens changing than the 12-40 plus 35-100.
I fully agree with Paul - the 12-100 is superb, I've no regrets about PXing my 12-40 for the 12-100.
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Re: New lens for landscape work?

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Perhaps that is an option.

I wonder whether the 100mm will be enough extra range to justify getting rid of the wonderful 12-40mm.

I need to do some thinking, but IQ is first consideration, followed by weight and price.
24-200mm Vs 24-80mm in old money is significant extra range. People who have used both lenses seem to think the 12-100mm matches the 12-40mm in IQ throughout the range, so why not?
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