Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 micro 4/3 lens first look – DSLR FILM NOOB

Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 micro 4/3 lens first look – DSLR FILM NOOB

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  1. how important is image stabilisation in videos? im torn between olympus 12-40 and panasonic 12-35

  2. You forgot to tell us the following:

    The Tamron is 24-70mm lenses is a 1/1 (no reductions)
    The Olympus IS NOT a 12-40 but a 50% reductions lenses. Olympus has been scamming the 4/3 and m4/3 for years using real small number when their optics are only corrected for 50% in the center.

    The major drawback when if Olympus come out with a true pro 1/1 camera, then all of m4/3 lenses still only see half an image & megapixel will be half.

    Olympus abandoned the 4/3 photographers & puts the 4/3 into the history books.

  3. There is not Image stabilize on lens , 12-35/2.8 Lumix is the best

  4. I'm a MFT kinda guy myself too. Started out with the Panasonic GH2 and 14-140mm kit lens about two years ago. Recently I bought the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the 12-40mm f/2.8 kit lens.

    Additionally I have lying around the: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 / Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 / Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 / SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 25mm T0.95 / Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN / Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and Tokina SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX. The Tokina I use with an affordable Fotga brand adapter from eBay (Fotocola is a cool eBay store for that kinda stuff). Because of the short flange distance you can mount all sorts of glass. Just gotta make sure either the lens or adapter's got aperture control.

    You can buy some vintage/legacy on teh cheap as well. My picks were: Pentax-M Asahi 50mm f/1.4 / Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 / Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8 / Zenit Helios-44M-4 58mm f/2 / Zenit Industar-50-2 50mm f/3.5 and the Beck 135mm f/2.8. C-mount are availlable as well (Fujian 35mm f/1.7 / TV Lens 50mm f/1.4 / TV Lens 25mm f/1.4), but these are to be considered 'toy lenses'). If you want to experiment, get a anamorphic lens (e.g. Sankor 16D) with a clamp set (Vid Atlantic). For more useable wide shots, the GH2 can record in 4:3 too, so it's not thát stretched, but does have the stretched bokeh and typical lens flares.

    The MFT-format gives you lots of options. Was thinking of going for the 5DmkIII myself as upgrade from the GH2, but I rather wanted to go minimalistic, get some pancakes (tiny prime lenses) and go with the OM-D E-M1 with built-in stabilization. I don't want to carry around a huge camera and dito lens(es), and then we haven't even started talking about the pricetag of premo L-glass. Then I'd rather add a GH4 to my collection too. Has got some sweet features on it! GH2 for anamorphic and fun schtuff, the OM-D E-M1 as a run'n'gun type camera and the GH4 for the more serious planned shoots. Great stuff. You can even get a Panasonic GM1 with a pancake and take it with you all the time. It's not much bigger than a Sony RX100 II. I really think MFT offers a lot to be excited about! Enjoy it!

  5. I have the Canon 5D II and a hacked GH2. Both are great, but the 5D is better [but not by much]. Convenience wise, in non-controlled environments [public] I enjoy the GH2 better. The GH2 photos aren't even close to the 5D photos.
    Also, glass wise; Any inferiorities because of a lesser quality lenses, get multiplied by the smaller sensor.

  6. First micro 4/3 lens buy an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8.

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