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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

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The 12-32 Is optically better than it should be for the price and the build is what you'd expect for the price. Its big down side of course is that it's dim. The f3.5 drops pretty quicky one you move away from 12mm and it's f5.1 by 25mm. That's a DOF equivalent of a 50mm FF lens at almost f11. It's a nice lens to have for casual use, but it's no substitute for some faster primes.
It's a bit poser really, so what small, good zoom does one stick on the front of a Pan-F....basically there isn't one.
I posed this question on DPR, it came down to two, of which the general consensus was the Panny 12-32.
It was a better performer that the Oly EZ counterpart and it started at 12mm not 14mm, an asset IMHO.

I have decided to keep the 17mm BTW. Not because it will get much use, more for it's looks.

I have conducted 100% IQ tests on OOC JPEG's, and there really isn't much in it between the 17 and the 12-32.
The 17 gives a more contrasty image, this appears marginally sharper, and it is.
The 12 is sharper than the 32, but not by much. I was pleasantly surprised by edge definition of both lenses.

Psssss.....I'm usually NOT a pixel-peeper.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

One minor irritation I notice is the zoom ring on the 12-32 works the opposite way to Oly lenses.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 would do the job, bit smaller and lighter than the Olympus 12-40mm
I still think the Panasonic 14-45 is a decent bet, depends what you want from a lens.

Personally couldn't care less what they look like, just a box to take photos with.
More interested with how they feel in use and obviously the end result too.
I'm not a pixel peeper or poseur, just like reliable and durable gear
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

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In retrospect this was in poor taste, a spur of the moment attempt at laddish humour which has no place on this forum and I would like to apologise for any offense it may have caused.
Well it certainly didn't cause any offence here...

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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

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The 12-32 Is optically better than it should be for the price and the build is what you'd expect for the price. Its big down side of course is that it's dim. The f3.5 drops pretty quicky one you move away from 12mm and it's f5.1 by 25mm. That's a DOF equivalent of a 50mm FF lens at almost f11. It's a nice lens to have for casual use, but it's no substitute for some faster primes.
When I bought my E-P5 it didn't have a lens, and on advice from this forum I bought the 'Panny' 12-32. When I received it I was unconvinced by the size and weight (compared to my 4/3rds F2 zooms) and didn't give it much of a chance. I later bought a couple of primes that I use (15mm f1.8 Panasonic Leica and Sigma 30mm f1.4) Maybe I should give the 12-32 Panasonic a second chance.

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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

I've played around with mine a bit today and I must say I am quite impressed, especially after DxO has had a go at the raw files. Now I've got a bit more familiar with it it doesn't feel so cheap any more - maybe it just needed a bit of twisting of the zoom ring to smooth the edges on the mechanism!
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

When it comes to zooms, pick any two from fast, high quality and small

I use the 12-40 on the Pen F. It works well IMHO.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

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When it comes to zooms, pick any two from fast, high quality and small

I use the 12-40 on the Pen F. It works well IMHO.
Did you still have the Panny 12-35 f2.8 when you got the Pen F Paul? I would have thought that would make an equally good pairing. It's been my standard lens for over 6 years, and still amazed by it. I have been playing with my lovely old ZD 12-60 again recently, though small it isn't!
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Did you still have the Panny 12-35 f2.8 when you got the Pen F Paul? I would have thought that would make an equally good pairing. It's been my standard lens for over 6 years, and still amazed by it. I have been playing with my lovely old ZD 12-60 again recently, though small it isn't!
No Bruce, I'd let the 12-35 (and the 35-100) go by the time I got the Pen-F. I swapped them both for the 12-100 - which was a good decision. Maybe the 12-35 would pair better with the Pen than the 12-40, but OTOH neither of them are small and actually I'm pretty happy with how the 12-40 handles on the Pen.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

If anyone is interested, I've got a mint black 12-32 that I might be persuaded to part with.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

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Now 169.00 @ BC, or 239 from sources @ Camerapricebuster.

But for only 50 more with a Pany GX800 body @ John Lewis https://www.johnlewis.com/panasonic-...creen/p3125442

Buying from JL and selling the body on ebay could get a brand new lens with 2 year guarantee down to just over 100, or if using the body for one of the minimum 200 trade in part exchange off Oly items (+ some other stuff), it would only cost 19
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Now 169.00 @ BC, or 239 from sources @ Camerapricebuster.

But for only 50 more with a Pany GX800 body @ John Lewis https://www.johnlewis.com/panasonic-...creen/p3125442

Buying from JL and selling the body on ebay could get a brand new lens with 2 year guarantee down to just over 100, or if using the body for one of the minimum 200 trade in part exchange off Oly items (+ some other stuff), it would only cost 19
At BC add 10 P+P.

I paid 129+10 total.
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

Guess what? Bristol Cameras are offering the 12-32 at 139 again. Last two at this price!!

https://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-p...lens-black.htm
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

Is there a similar lens with a Zuiko stamp? I see there is a pancake lens but the quality is reportedly not so good?

I have purchased a 2nd hand GX800, but want a Oly lens for it, small enough to fit in a pocket......
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Re: Panny 12-32mm, bargain at Bristol Cameras.

I usually prefer Zuiko lenses but bought this Panny because I wanted the extra 2mm at the wide end vs the Zuiko 14-42, plus it's tiny. Oly don't offer anything 12mm wide and tiny as far as I'm aware. I haven't used it much yet but with my Pen-F it makes a very portable and handy point-and-shoot / travel camera.
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