November 10, 2014 at 2:16PM


m4/3 lens set panasonic lumix vs. olympus zuiko

Seeking others' input on relatively inexpensive m3/4 lens set. Looking at pana lumix 12-35 + 35-100 + leica 45 macro vs olympus zuiko 12-40 + 40-150 + 60 macro, all f2.8. Will be used with TBD pana GH4, BMD BPCC or ?. Primarily used for video: documentary & amateur athletics. Secondarily used for still photography if practicable. User Experienced in post + production but not familiar with current generation equipment in this market segment. Find online reviews mostly equivalent to paid advertisements or press releases. TIA.


Both Olympus and Panasonic zoom sets are very sharp and both are weather-proof, but there are a couple of differences between them...

- Panasonic lenses have optical image stabilization which makes handheld shooting a lot easier.

- Olympus zoom lenses are mechanically parfocal and will hold focus throughout the zoom range. I've had some trouble getting these Panasonic zooms to hold accurate focus throughout the entire zoom range. ( not a big deal, but it's annoying )

- Olympus zoom lenses maintain their F-stop throughout the zoom range, where the Panasonic zooms can show some "flickering" from electronic aperture correction while you zoom.

- Olympus zoom lenses have a clutch-mechanism to put them in repeatable manual focus control, where the Panasonic lenses are focus by wire in manual mode.

I own both of the Panasonic zoom lenses, but I am tempted to buy these two Olympus lenses and the new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 zoom when I can afford to.

If I was to buy these lenses again, I would probably buy the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 zooms first. The 12-35mm for the OIS, as this is a great range for handheld work. The 40-150mm for the longer range, constant F-stop ( no aperture flickering ), and parfocal zoom range. ( keeps things in focus )

I would also keep the Metabones SpeedBooster and older Nikon AI-S lenses as an option, as these produce a beautiful image for the normal-telephoto lens range. ( I use this combo more than I do my Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 or my 35-100mm f/2.8 )

November 11, 2014 at 2:33PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer


November 13, 2014 at 8:39AM


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