Before I left for NAB at the beginning of the month I posted this quick flicker test between the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 and the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 lenses. Above is the rest of the tests I ran between the two lenses before I left town. This includes flicker tests that cover more f-stops on each lens as requested by a number of you.

Olympus vs Panasonic (1 of 1)

For me it ends up boiling down to 3 major factors. The Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 has hard end stops and far less flicker, the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 has very impressive image stabilization. If you need hard end stops and to be able to zoom without flicker the Olympus wins, if you want really impressive Image Stabilization the Panasonic wins. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either one of these lenses, but it is nice to think about what features are more important to you before you make the purchase.

I left build quality out of the lineup because although the Olympus feels like a much nicer lens build wise, the Panasonic is supposed to have high end weather sealing hidden inside. Plus I’m not going to pour water on a lens i’m borrowing from a friend to find out if it is infact weather sealed.

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