Re: [OM] E-M5 iii + lens

Subject: Re: [OM] E-M5 iii + lens
From: Mike Gordon via olympus <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:06:29 +0000 (UTC)
Cc: usher99@xxxxxxx
<<<I see there are people who like the 12-100/4. What about close focus at 

I believe it is about 0.21X at the long end and 0.3X at 12mm which isn't that 
useful for me.  The PL 12-60 is 0.3X at the long end or about 0.6 equivalent.  
Moose has ascertained the PL
performs well with the Nik 5T.  

 I have used the Sigma Achromatic Macro Lens AML 72-01 (1.6 diopter)  on the 
12-100 and it behaves well but nothing like the magic of the Pentax T132 on the 
PL 100-400. The working distance is just a bit too short for comfort as well.   
The weather sealing on the Oly 12-100 is remarkable and sync IS is great on the 
e-M1Mk11. On the MkIII the IBIS is different and only gain about 0.5 stops 
advantage with sync IS.  
I used both the PL 12-60 thank to Moose and the Oly 12-100 in Bhutan.  I rented 
the PL 12-60 for a hiking trip due to size and performance.  The bokeh on the 
PL-12-60 is often better. but I would surmise the Oly is a smidge sharper at 
60mm than the PL at 60 but prolly not in a meaningful way.  Overall like the PL 
50-200 I think the PL series hit the sweet spot for size/quality/cost.  The 
equivalent fixed aperture pro Oly lenses are excellent but just more 
problematic to carry around for what they are. 

I had hoped Oly wouldn't mind having the medical division bail out the camera 
business for longer, but it is not to be.  If we hadn't had an astrophotog trip 
to La Palma planned (and then cancelled of course) and as Marnie needed the 
star AF feature it is extremely unlikely I would have sold the MkII and bought 
a MkIII.  I would have used the former and likely sold it to buy son of gx9 as 
long as Marnie got along with it.  She does like the ergonomics of the MkII, 
MkIII though. 

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