Olympus 12-40mm f2.8

After doing a large amount of my own research, talking to friends, and hearing from you guys I’ve made my first Panasonic Gh4 lens purchase, the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8. Thank you for everyone’s input and suggestions on lenses for the Panasonic Gh4, those of you who are long time Panasonic owners have been extremely helpful.

The final decision ended up boiling down to three things. First, and probably most notable for me is this video that Cfreak linked to. It’s pretty easy to see in the video that the f-stop is effected as the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 zooms in and out. While I don’t do a lot of zooming in and out I also don’t want to have to make slight settings adjustments every time I make a focal length change.

The second is something Sol mentioned about repeatable focus which was very helpful and something I might have missed if I hadn’t been looking for it. The Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 is completely fly-by-wire and there are no hard stops, while the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 has a clutched focus ring (similar to the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8) that allows repeatable focus and hard stops at 20cm or infinity. Even though the Olympus is a bit chunkier and doesn’t have image stabilization, repeatable focus is a relatively important feature for me.

Olympus 12-40mm f2.8-2

Lastly but not least, I was able to find the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 on ebay for $750 +$16 shipping. I hadn’t actually planned on buying the Olympus today, but I put in an offer for $750 and it was accepted. So I’ll actually have my first micro 4/3 lens in my hands before I have a camera to shoot with. Maybe I’ll drag it along to NAB and see if I can test it out on one of the floor models.

If you’re still not sure about what lens to buy, read through the comment section on this post from earlier in the week. Everyone had great recommendations and good reasons for different lens selections, the discussion ended up being very informative for a first time micro 4/3 owner like myself. Thanks again guys for all your help!

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