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Old Oct 26, 2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Testing the Olympus 12mm f2

Last week I had a lot of fun shooting with the 45mm 1.8, it is a very sharp lens but I feel more confortable with a wider focal length so I bought a 12mm f2.

It is a beautiful lens, it came in a beautiful package like a small gem or jewell, it is the black limited edition.

I can wait to play with it so I went to have dinner with my daughter and try the new toy.

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Saturday I went again to Queens to finish a training course I had for 3 weeks.

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This is the Jamaica station that connect the trains from Manhattan to de different tows in Long Island.

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The Dynamic Range of the OMD-E5 is fantastic and render fantastic in situations like this one:

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It is very sharp lens, the bokeh is beautiful and soft.

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I am planning to bring this lens to the city this week to do some cityscapes and also street photography.

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Old Oct 26, 2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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Should be fun. So you got one of those Limited 12mm f2's, must be nice. I considered it for a while after getting the E-M5 but the supply, and then my want to, ran out. It's a beautiful lens though, and a great shooter. The times I have carried a prime outfit, the 12mm f2 was, by far, the most-used lens.
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I like the subway shot the best, looks so spacious. Also like the food plate which appears to be Mongolian Beef that is making me hungry. I guess I'm heading out to Forbidden City now to get some.
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All Very nice shots Marcelo
by your images it looks like a versatile sharp lens and
I also like your subway shots
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 8:58 AM   #5
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I think you have the same shoes as me.

Looking good so far, that's for sure.
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Super sharp and all nicely done. The first few make me both hungry and thirsty. Me thinks you live a good life Marcelo.

What is it about the lens that is limited or different from the regular one?
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Should be fun. So you got one of those Limited 12mm f2's, must be nice. I considered it for a while after getting the E-M5 but the supply, and then my want to, ran out. It's a beautiful lens though, and a great shooter. The times I have carried a prime outfit, the 12mm f2 was, by far, the most-used lens.
I found a great deal and the lens is almost new, it came with a metallic front cap, metallic hood and a UV filter. It is super sharp, provably as the same category the Sigma 34mm 1.4 (ART Series).

I like to shoot wide lenses so this lens will be very often on my camera.

Something I like also is the capability of the lens to focus a very close distance of the subject.

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I like the subway shot the best, looks so spacious. Also like the food plate which appears to be Mongolian Beef that is making me hungry. I guess I'm heading out to Forbidden City now to get some.
It is a Mongolian Beef and I'm glad you like the pictures James.

The spacious train is the LIRR that connects Long Island with Manhattan, is nice, comfortable but expensive

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All Very nice shots Marcelo
by your images it looks like a versatile sharp lens and
I also like your subway shots
Thank you so much Fred.

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I think you have the same shoes as me.

Looking good so far, that's for sure.
LOL...! Thank you Sammy

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Super sharp and all nicely done. The first few make me both hungry and thirsty. Me thinks you live a good life Marcelo.

What is it about the lens that is limited or different from the regular one?
It is a very sharp lens and I like the focal length of it.

The Limited Edition lens comes in Black and with the following:

- 1 metal deluxe cap
- 1 plastic regular cap
- 1 high quality Olympus protective filter
- 1 metal premium Hood
- 1 rear cap

Alan, I live a beautiful life, I can't regret of anything, nothing fancy just doing what I love and sharing good moments with the ones I consider my friends like you and everyone in this forum.
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Alan, the Limited version came out as the only black version of the 12mm f2 at that time. Today they sell a regular production black version, but at the time of this unit, the only regular 12mm f2 option was chrome.

The Limited was also $1,200 if I remember correctly, but did come with the hood, caps and I believe a filter. It also has a special "Limited" inscription on the lens body. At the time no one knew if Olympus would ever offer the lens in regular production black, so the Limited units were snapped up pretty quick.

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Thank you Greg for the detailed info and you are right about the price, it was $1200 and come in a beautiful package.

This picture is from the Olympus site in Malaysia where you can see the entire set:

http://www.olympusimage.com.my/image...mg_12mmblk.jpg
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Thanks for the info guys. I'd certainly rather have the limited or black lens unless I had the new silver body EM1.
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