Laurie Dippold Which Zoom Leica or Olympus?

Posted May. 27th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

I’ve long wanted an MFT lens that’s comparable in zoom range and aperture to the Canon L powerhorse, 24-105–it’s what I missed most when I switched to MFT from Canon. And it looks like this year, we finally have some options! Any thoughts about (or experience with) the forthcoming Panasonic Leica 12-60 f/2.8-4 vs. the Olympus M. Zuiko 12-100 f/4?

Laurie, first let me apologize for the length of time it takes to answer your question. Trying to get a better system setup for me to get to these questions quicker. I sincerely apologize.

St. Blasius Church in the heart of the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Shot with the Lumix GH5 and Leica 12-60mm lens.

The good news is that due to the length of time it’s been, I actually have some real world experience with both the lenses you ask about. I’m planning to do a review comparing the Olympus 12-100mm and the new Leica 12-60mm you mention above. I’ve shot the Olympus briefly, and it is spectacular. I’ve ben using the Leica extensively the past two weeks while in Europe and can’t say enough positive things about this lens. I absolutely love the range and find it to be extremely sharp. I haven’t’ done any actual lens chart tests with it but the images I’m getting are stunning, to say the least.

Seascape with the local lighthouse just off the coast of Rovinj, Croatia. Lumix G85 with Olympus 12-100mm lens.

I have had several of our Natural Exposures Explorers show up with the Olympus and they absolutely love that lens as well. My only concern is the weight of the Olympus. It’s big! Admittedly, if you take into account that it replaces so many other lenses you would no longer have to carry, it might not be an issue. But…. I found it to be quite large and heavy to carry as an all day lens. I’ve found that for 90% of my shooting I’m not missing anything longer than the 120mm equivalent the Leica gives me at 60mm

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  1. FlorianOn May. 28th, 2017

    I would suggest the 14-140mm lens. In my opinion, the size and weight of the 12-100mm are inacceptable in comparison to the 14-140 and the latter has a longer reach as well. You may argue that it is of lesser quality, but I seriously doubt that you would be able to tell the difference in real world photographs. I am incredibly happy with this lens and think it is THE ONE LENS that embodies all the advantages of the m43 format.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 28th, 2017

      Florian, I agree with you. I regularly forget to mention this amazing lens that is small, lightweight and very sharp. It’s a great all around travel lens.

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