09-20-2016, 06:51 PM
Quote:The 12-100mm f4 zoom lens focusses much closer at 12mm than at 100mm. Interesting but it can be a bit of a bother (I get the same thing when using my 70-200mm with extension tube).
Olympus puts this 24-200mm f8 FF equivalent lens next to a FF 24-70 f4 + 70-200mm f4 combination. A bit silly.
It is more comparable to the likes of Canon EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM which is a 14-120mm f2.8-5 MFT equivalent.
The specs show quite a lot of focal length shortening towards minimum focus distance with only 0.21x at 0.45m MFD. A nice lens (focal range and sharpness), shame about the small aperture and high price.
The 30mm macro appears to be a very nice little lens, but no mention of any light accessories to help with illumination with the extremely short subject distance to the front of the lens.
Regarding the 12-100, what is the "shame" exactly? Larger aperture would make it way too big and unsuitable as one-lens-fits-all travel lens (especially for portable mFT) and can you tell me what other long zoom starting at 12 mm with weather proofing, class-leading IS, excellent built quality and *likely* IQ can be had for less, or even at all? There aren't any - certainly not the Canon consumer zooms and pro Canon zooms are easily $2K. It's a lot of money sure, but reasonable for what you get in my opinion.