Back at work today, my colleague; Nigel does not exactly soak in my excitement on this little jewel... he even STRENGTHEN my untold doubt that the Lumix 12-32 performed better because it was on a Panasonic Lumix camera!
Nigel's suspicion is well founded because Panasonic cameras actually CORRECTS the optical faults of your captured images IN CAMERA!
Olympus DO NOT perform that correction.
I can see where Nigel's suspicions are coming from, on an Olympus, WITHOUT in camera corrections; the Jekyll and Hyde little lens will BARE all it's defects and aberrations but when it is mounted on a Lumix, all it's defects will be hidden!
The extended (unlocked) Lumix 12-32 zoom on the OM-D E-M1... ready for action, but can it perform better; optically, on a cheaper Lumix camera than a "high-end" Olympus?
I got home from work at 3pm, it turns out to be one of those "You Can't Beat Wellington On A Good Day" day :) Sunny but not too warm... perfect! By 4.15pm I was looking at my "Wellington Vista".
I saw a nice composition before I begin the comparisons :)
Stunning colour and contrast! That is from a less than NZD400.00 (I think, they only come as a kit at the moment) 12-32 zoom lens. Was it the incredible optics or the ingenuity in-camera correction from Panasonics? ;)
Let's get on with it, the test...
Notice that boat on the left, with red "Gucci"? I will crop into one of the window; chromatic aberration of lenses always rear their ugly colour fringes between a dark and brightness area ;)
Some might argue that, BIG DEAL; I can easily get rid of those colour fringes with softwares like Photoshop... true, but just think; you went on a long trip, and you have a few thousands shots ;) The plot thickens! Ha ha ha..
Panasonic even corrects all the RAW files!
I purposely shoot into the light for this demo, notice the purple glare and flare caused by the strong sunlight with the Olympus; when mounted on the GM1, the powerful in-camera correction virtually clean up the whole image in the bottom photo! Mind boggles!
So what is my Famous Last Words?
From my test, I think the little zoom lens produces cleaner and optically better pictures when mounted on a Lumix GM1 with in-camera corrections.
It works on an Olympus OM-D camera, but the resulting images will show all the imperfections of the optics. You are able to correct the aberrations when you "process" the images in your computer, but that can be time consuming.
Isn't it time Olympus provides in-camera corrections like Panasonics?
One For The Road
And A SELFIE ;)