I'm a big fan of the 12-100 as an allround walk around (and holiday) lens.
Very versatile, great image quality. Coming from the 12-40mm, now sold, I
found the extra range useful and beneficial for my photography. When
visiting cities, as is a major part of our holidays here in Europe, I liked
to bring a 17/1.8 wide angle prime with me, to have a compact but still
very capable camera in low light in the late afternoon and evening. I have
a E-M1 II btw nowadays, but used the lens also on the original E-M1.
I found the 12-100mm not less sharp (compared to the 12-40), but for me the
pictures really have some more 'magic' in them. Hard to say what it is,
maybe in the tonality and graduality between sharp and softer, but of
course it can be cognitive dissonance (it is going on quite long then ;-).
When processing my images, I often have to look at the 200% in the
Lightroom compare mode to see which one is sharper, all other things equal.
On many of my other lenses, that is not necessary.
Hope you find the lens that is best for you!
Op za 11 feb. 2023 om 15:21 schreef Greg McGrath via olympus <
> I'm coming out of digest/lurk mode to ask for recommendations from the
> list on getting started in the MFT world. I've recently retired and hope to
> be able to get back into photography now. I've got several E-system bodies
> and lenses on hand, but would like the advantages that MFT now offers in
> the areas of pixel count, size, and other features. I've been a dedicated
> Olympus user since buying an OM-10 (my first camera) in about 1981 and want
> to continue with Olympus.
> My plan is to purchase an OM-D E-M1 MkIII. Lens selection is a big
> question. Recent comments about the 12-100 are making me consider it,
> though I've previously been thinking about purchasing a group of lenses to
> cover what focal lengths I want: 12-40 f/2.8 II, 40-150 f/4, and 60 macro
> to start. Now, maybe get the 12-100 to start learning about the body, then
> expand. On the other hand, I'm concerned about light-gathering capability
> and leaning toward the f/2.8 aperture of the 12-40. And I'm planning to
> break a cardinal rule, buying new equipment right before a vacation. Having
> only one lens (the 12-100) to carry around is attractive for travel. Any
> advice/comments muchly appreciated. Greg
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