Thanks for testing. Its a shame they didn't engineer the
a little higher (or same height at body, but extend more when opened). I wonder if they intended this wonderful lens for E3 buyers only, which would sound at first a marketing move but then as a hindrance to E5x0 or E4x0 new buyers.
I don't think an external flash would fit me. I wouldn't want to keep it installed permanently on the body (would be cumbersome and bump into anything it can), if its in the bag then I'd think twice before taking a shot not-in-daylight, have to also remember if I did or didn't charge its batteries, more attention grabbing than body flash, and so on.
These are not big issues by themselves one-by-one, but for me they add up. I think its over my fuss-limit (I also do trekking and having an external flash on means the camera just got x2 the height to carry and bump around).
Only lens to compete with 12-60
is Nikon's 16-85 VR
in optical quality...
(Canon's 18-55 IS
kit's not as good not as tele, 17-55 f2.8 IS
has little zoom, 17-85 IS
has zoom but not as sharp and bad vignetting, 24-70L
has no IS no wide on crops and weighs a ton, 17-40L
is f4.0 at max with no zoom ....... Sony's 24-70 f2.8
has no wide on crops, Zeiss 16-80
got CA's and vignetting wasn't overly exsited by reviewers .......... amazing that nothing like the E3's 12-60
or 16-85 VR
can be found
wait for D90 then?)