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Old December 22nd, 2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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Anyone planning on using this lens?

Just wondering if anyone has planned on using the Olympus 12-35mm f2.0 4/3 lens with the AF100?
Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens 261011 B&H Photo

Seems like the only fast/wide 4/3 zoom lens available right now (unless I'm missing anything).
Any thoughts?
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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On paper it looks like the ideal hand held zoom lens, especially for docs. How well does it interface with the AF100?
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Old December 24th, 2010, 10:09 AM   #3
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I had a chance to spend a little time with the Olympus 14-35mm f2 on the AF-100 after we wrapped "A Verse Before Dying."

Using it on the AF-100 (with the Panasonic 4/3 to M4/3 Adapter), it worked perfectly. All lens controls (Iris, PUSH AUTO) worked as they should, and the lens reported information back to the camera as expected.

I have no doubt that this is going to be a great go-to lens for the AF-100.



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Old December 24th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #4
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I don't know if this one is of interest but I came across it putting a GH2 pkg together. It works with autofocus on that body. YMMV
14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II

A DVInfo thread on it:
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/panasoni...3-5ii-gh1.html
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Old December 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #5
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Just wondering if anyone has planned on using the Olympus 12-35mm f2.0 4/3 lens with the AF100?
Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens 261011 B&H Photo

Seems like the only fast/wide 4/3 zoom lens available right now (unless I'm missing anything).
Any thoughts?
That's a beauty. But it's cost and weight give up the advantage of 4/3 over DSLR size sensors. (Not that there's really an alternative to the AF100 at this point. It's just that I would think 4/3 would turn out lighter and less expensive than "35mm" based cameras)
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Old December 24th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #6
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Quality glass wear tends to expensive regardless of the size of the imaging format. The production run size tends to be a factor and professional grade tends to have smaller runs.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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That's a beauty. But it's cost and weight give up the advantage of 4/3 over DSLR size sensors. (Not that there's really an alternative to the AF100 at this point. It's just that I would think 4/3 would turn out lighter and less expensive than "35mm" based cameras)
Size advantage? If you've held the Olympus 14-35 f2 in your hands, you'd know that it does, in fact, have a size advantage over DSLR size sensors. It's comparable in focal length to the Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens, while being about half the size and weight. Not to mention that it's an f2 constant, as opposed to f2.8.

Now, if you want a 12-60mm f2 that's the size and weight of the Olympus 14-54mm lens, that's just outside of what physics will allow. I'd like that as mucha as anyone, but it just isn't in the cards.

As for cost…well, ouch. The downside of fast zooms is that they're expensive. But having used the 14-35mm on the AF-100, I'd have no problems recommending it to someone whose budget allows it.
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