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02-13-2019, 08:42 PM   #1
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Olympus new 12-200mm !!!

I read this news a few hours ago and see no one here talk about it yet, so here we go.

Crazy zoom 12-200mm from Olympus.
Closest focus distance? 0.22mm 0.2m
Lens weigh over 1 pound.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/olympus-mzuiko-12-200mm-lens-announced/
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M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 | Olympus


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02-13-2019, 09:05 PM   #2
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Nice but



U$ 899, can buy quite a good Apsc body too.

A Panasonic 12-32 and Oly 14-150 with money for a fast prime is a better option.
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OP has a power of 10s error - according to the 2nd link, the closest focusing distance is 0.2m not 0.2mm. Interesting lens.
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12-200mm is an achievement, for sure... but like all super-zoom lenses, I expect this will be one of compromises. Still, for shooting in good light, it will have its applications...

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How much better is this than the Tamron or Sigma super zooms which are going 18-400/18-300 on APS-C now?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Tamron
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18-400
Every review ive seen rates this as excellent when theres good light.The perfect travel zoom but only for CaNik mounts or adapted to M/L.

An adapter plus the Tamron and 12-32 is around the same cost as the 899.
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How much better is this than the Tamron or Sigma super zooms which are going 18-400/18-300 on APS-C now?
The Sigma has better centre sharpness at certain focal length ranges, but the Tamron is a more consistent performer across the entire range and does much better in the borders - though both need stopping down to between f/8 and f/11 for best border performance. Neither is particularly quick in terms of auto-focus. I have the Sigma 18-300 in K-mount and it can be a useful lens in the right circumstances, but if border sharpness is required, it's best left at f/8 or f/11 unless absolutely necessary.

I'd hope the new Olympus lens is as good as the Tamron optically, but would imagine it too will need to be stopped down, and will likely demonstrate the same limitations as other super-zooms...

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The Sigma has better centre sharpness at certain focal length ranges, but the Tamron is a more consistent performer across the entire range and does much better in the borders - though both need stopping down to between f/8 and f/11 for best border performance. Neither is particularly quick in terms of auto-focus. I have the Sigma 18-300 in K-mount and it can be a useful lens in the right circumstances, but if border sharpness is required, it's best left at f/8 or f/11 unless absolutely necessary.

I'd hope the new Olympus lens is as good as the Tamron optically, but would imagine it too will need to be stopped down, and will likely demonstrate the same limitations as other super-zooms...
I think these are all "doing everything, but none of it terribly well," lenses. My brother owned the Nikon 18-300 and shot it on a D7000. It was fine, but not great. He liked it because he didn't have to change lenses.

Biggest negative on most of these is focus breathing (closely followed by slow max apertures). I doubt most of them are close to the max focal length they claim to be, except at infinity focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I think these are all "doing everything, but none of it terribly well," lenses. My brother owned the Nikon 18-300 and shot it on a D7000. It was fine, but not great. He liked it because he didn't have to change lenses.
Convenience is really the only justification for them, IMHO. I came close to selling my Sigma 18-300 recently, but that fell through... and though I was going to list it for sale in our Marketplace, I decided to hang on to it after all. There are a few occasions where it can be a convenient tool, but there are myriad better choices at any focal length.

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Biggest negative on most of these is focus breathing (closely followed by slow max apertures). I doubt most of them are close to the max focal length they claim to be, except at infinity focus.
Focus breathing, slow max apertures (and best at f/8+ anyway), significant distortion, unpredictable / below-average out-of-focus rendering (especially on specular highlights), coma, CA, flare (due to optical complexity), leisurely AF... Lots of compromises for the sake of convenience. But if you can only carry one lens, use it to its strengths and set your expectations accordingly, a super-zoom can do a reasonable job.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
OP has a power of 10s error - according to the 2nd link, the closest focusing distance is 0.2m not 0.2mm. Interesting lens.
Thanks for the correction. I was thinking that 0.2mm is too good to be truth, and it really is too good to be truth.
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