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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:13 am 
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Those are some crisp looking shots. Sounds like a great lens!

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Hi Atomic, congrats on the lens! How does it feel weight and balance wise on your body?

In answer to your question, Cameralabs is lent products for review by the manufacturers. They've known me in publishing for over 15 years!

Anyway, looking forward to hearing more about what you think of the lens.

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I've recently bought a 12-60 having migrated from Contax film to Olympus digital cameras. My main lens on the Contax was a Zeiss 28-85, and so far I'm finding the 12-60 compares very well. The build quality seems better than other brands I tested, but is not as good as the all metal Zeiss.

I haven't taken that many pictures yet, but so far find them quite contrasty and cold, though this is probably mostly due to Britain's wintery light. Having used Fuji Velvia for many years, I also wonder if I should use the Vivid colour mode.


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Hi Habanero,

I can't help with your question, I'm afraid, but I just wanted to chip in and wish you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums. 8)

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Thanks Bob. I've been a reader for a while and decided to become a writer too!


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Hi and welcome Habanero,

I think the "normal" shooting mode in the olympus cameras does come out a bit cold so vivid would be good if you like to avoid photoshop
I generally beef up the saturation somewhat in photoshop afterwards.

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i usually shoot in vivid myself. also it might also be a problem if you shoot in the Auto White Balance mode. it rarely gets it right for some reason.


and to answer Gordon's question; even though the lens is alot heavier than the body, when i pick it up together, it doesnt seem like the set is really all that front heavy, it just feels like its one uniform mass.

though if i let it hang around my neck, it does tilt forward a tiny bit, which is a nuisance.

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With my E500 it also feels just fine.

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here are some grid shots

12mm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25906258@N06/2473757611/

and 60mm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25906258@N06/2474576072/

shooting wide open for both, that shows there is some distortion at 12mm, but honestly i never noticed it until i shot the grid

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Did you point upwards?

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point upwards? no... why?

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Because the lines are closer to each other at the top, which usually means the shot was not perpendicular.

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i shot shooting straight down, or at least i did my best to have it straight. i did hear the 12-60 had a weird trapezoidal distortion, maybe that could account for it?

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Atomic wrote:
i did hear the 12-60 had a weird trapezoidal distortion, maybe that could account for it?


Hmmm curious effect - perhaps Gordon could comment???

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I haven't tested the geometry of the 12-60mm yet, but to me, it looks like you're slightly squint in those shots. It's harder than it looks...

I'm afraid you have to be critically square and central to the target when shooting geometric patterns - even a very small angle will produce the effect in Atomic's shots.


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