Saturday, March 3, 2012

Micro 4/3 glass praised by DXO

DXO Labs have been reviewing some m4/3 glass lately, and the results are pretty impressive. A lot of us prime fans enjoy a basic two- or three lens setup (wide + short tele/portrait, or wide + normal + short tele/portrait is a frequent configuration), and at this point I would say we are quite set at least in this lens mount!

The three lenses that have caught my own interest is the Olympus 12/2, Panasonic/Leica 25/1.4, and Olympus 45/1.8 . In "35mm format" terms that would be 24mm, 50mm and 90mm. 24 might be a bit wide for some, but there is always the 17/2.8 and 20/1.7 to fill the gap there.

Check out what they have to say about the 12/2 for instance: Pitted against the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8, this Olympus 12mm holds an overwhelming advantage. Even more impressive is the fact that this lens can compete with much bigger lenses, such as the Canon 24mm L-series mounted on a 7D.

In short, it really does seem that a high-quality, fully micro 4/3 camera-lens combination is perfectly capable of replacing an APS-C combination — and the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 is a particularly high-quality micro 4/3 lens!

Links to reviews below:

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12/2

Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25/1.4

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45/1.8

It is certainly nice to see such excellent glass available in this attractive lens mount!

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