In the last post, I already did a bit of a history lesson. This time it’s about lenses.
The inclined expert will be able to identify the two cameras: One is the E-1 from 2003, the other is the E-M1 from 2013. In each case, the respective kit lenses came out with the release of the two cameras: with the E-1, the 14-54 f/2.8-3.5 and with the E-M1, the 12-40 f/2.8.
By the way, the 14-54II was launched with the E-30 in 2008, recognizable by the blue ring – which, contrary to all sorts of rumors, meant exactly nothing. It was simply a blue ring that a few lenses got because it looked pretty. The 12-60 that came out with the E-3 had one and the 12-40, as you can see, also has one – at least a corresponding paint job.
The 12-40 is currently listed at 839 euros. As recently as winter, it was sold off with a 200 euro cashback – but there are still some around. When the 8-25 f/4 came out – and the 12-45 f/4 (which, by the way, also went over the counter at Christmas with 200 euros cashback), the demand for the lens dropped, the new is the enemy of the old, even if it is clearly faster than the “successors” with f/2.8.
Personally, the 12-40 is too short for me as a bread-and-butter lens, the 54mm of the 14-54 made my daily life much easier for years. The 12-40 still had FT genes at the time, the barrel distortion is not sooo brutal, the sharpness not exaggerated in favor of detail resolution, except for lens hood and lens cap the lens was actually reliable.
But it’s just out of date now – and just as the 14-54 couldn’t handle the contrast AF of the E-30 and E-5, the 12-40 won’t be able to handle the upcoming autofocus behemoths at full speed.