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 Post subject: OH...MY...GOD... 12-60mm
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:29 pm 
i just tried the 12-60mm lens. its incredible. im speechless.

it focuses instantaneously. im amazed.

if you havent yet tried it, go to your nearest camera store an play with it immediately!

now, heres a question, anyone here try both the 14-54 and the 12-60? i really want a lens like this, and if the 14-54 offers similar results for half the price, im getting it, but if not, i guess ill have to drop 900 dollars on the 12-60


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:08 pm 
Ehh what lens is this the Olympus lens?

if its there is a video review on it if you scroll down here

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-12-60mm-2 ... B000X1N56W


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:31 am 
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The Olympus 12-60mm is a fantastic lens - I'm using it right now to test the E-3...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:21 am 
Gordon Laing wrote:
The Olympus 12-60mm is a fantastic lens - I'm using it right now to test the E-3...



how does it compare to the 14-54? namely the speed of the auto focus? because i havent found a place to play around with the 14-54 yet

thanks gordon ♥


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How does it compare to the kit-lens? That's the difference i'm interested in :P

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:21 pm 
Paukl wrote:
How does it compare to the kit-lens? That's the difference i'm interested in :P


theyre not comparable at all. theres no searching, its just instantly focused every time.
i didnt have TOO much time with it but it was plainly evident why its considered the best expert lens on the market.


I went and tried the 14-54 today, it was very good as well, not the same but still good. a bit of searching close up in lower light. not all that much faster than the newer kit 14-42, but a significant improvement.
i think i decided to just go with the 14-54, and save 500 dollars. i know one day wont be able to hold back and trade it up for the 12-60, but maybe it will be cheaper by then.

my advice to anyone interested in stepping up their game, if you have the money, GO FOR THE 12-60. but try the 14-54 as well, see if it will suit your needs for cheaper


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True the 12 -60 autofocus is fast, but after checking several reviews of the 12 - 60 and studying at the IMA test results this optic will clearly differentiate the Olympus system from all else. I have been urging some testing to compare the 12 - 60 with the available kit lens (14 - 42) on a lesser priced Olympus body .. and hopefully we will see that soon... (not to nag Gordon)

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Hi guys, sorry to disappoint in advance, but I'm afraid I have neither the 14-42mm nor the 14-54mm on hand to compare against the 12-60mm. I wish I had, but Olympus didn't have anything else available.

I have an older 14-45mm which I'll do some comparisons with, but I understand that's not ideal...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:20 pm 
thanks gordon, unfortunately from what i recall, the 14-45 was alot slower than the the 42. so it may be difficult to compare.

oh well, i guess ill have to take my chances with the 54

thanks anyway gordon!


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Ok Gordon ..
I will send you my 14-42 .. heck I will even throw in the E510 body and you could send me your copy of the 12-60.

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Hi Japhy, unfortunately I'd need them all at the same time, so how about you send me your body and lens and we take it from there!


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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 4:20 am 
so does olympus just send you the lenses for you to test? or do you have to buy/rent all of them?


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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 2:05 am 
ok, ok so i just bought the 12-60 on amazon, its only 826 on there right now, GREAT deal

but HOOOLLLLY CRAP, i just spent nearly a grand!!! what the hell am i doing?!?! this lens better cure cancer or something


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Mine just arrived together with my girlfriend from Jakarta :)
it cost me 620 euro, so that's a good deal I think

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 6:02 am 
Ok so my 12-60 arrived today. before i do any serous reviewing lemme throw out some preliminary observations

firstly, its huge. compared to the kit at least.

the images are all flawless, as can be expected with a lens of this nature. i heard reports of some distortion when shooting at either extreme, but I have yet to notice any. maybe you really need to shoot at a grid to see it.

The focus ring is different from the other zuiko lenses so far, i dont think its digital at all because you can adjust it even when the camera is off and the lens is off the body. this gives a better feel to the focus i think, though i didnt mind the focus on the kit either.

the zoom ring is a bit stiff, but i heard it smooths out after a bit of usage.

and now the autofocus. yes its quite incredible. its honestly the only reason i bought this lens.
ok so its not 100% perfect ALL the time, but its close. very snappy focus, with very little to no seeking.
i find it works better when its zooming down to something closer than up to something further away, but the difference is marginal.

another thing id like to note is that its a great macro lens, it focuses even closer than the stated 25cm. heres some stuff i snapped today:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/246 ... c884_b.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2222/247 ... 9795_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/247 ... f0d6_b.jpg


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