Details up Close with the Panasonic 12-35 mm F2.8 Lens

Since I didn’t have anything else to photograph, I decided to step outside when the rain stopped and make some more test images.  I wanted to get more familiar with how close I could photograph and see how much detail I could capture with my Panasonic 12 – 35 mm F2.8 lens on the Olympus E-M5 II camera.  The above images were made at the 12 mm end of the zoom at F2.8, then cropped way down and resized up to get these.

I then made some other pictures using the 35 mm focal length of the zoom.  I show them below as B&W images.  They are also crops that have been resized.

Since I was hand holding the camera to get all of these, my biggest concern was getting the focus where I wanted it.  I was using the center point focus spot in a small size and I needed to lean over close or hold the camera out and use the articulated LCD.

For those of you who are wondering why I care about these issues, I have an ulterior motive.  I am basically a lazy photographer who likes to photograph with one lens.  In the past I would go out with only one prime lens on my camera and then just photograph what I could with it.  Now that I have this excellent lens, I am considering what I can do with just this one lens.  I have no doubts about using it for typical travel type images but I am not sure about using it for close-up details of objects like flowers, etc. that I might happen on.  In the past, I have used longer focal lengths for details.  Now I am finding that with this wider lens my only issue is how close I can get to the flowers, etc.  As you can see above, I don’t think there is much of a problem with the details up close.

To check out how the lens worked with details at a distance, I made another image of a distant object using the 35 mm focal length of the lens.  This image, shown below, has also been cropped way down and then resized up to get what you see.


In all of these cases, I am finding that I can make and display images with as much detail as I can see with my eyes.  Don’t forget that you need to click on these images to see the full size.

I got this lens for my event and travel photography.  I rarely show those pictures on my blog.  I don’t show pictures of events here at Homewood due to privacy concerns and I rarely travel anymore.  I am now anxious to get back to my favorite, longer focal lengths.  As Kirk says, “I generally like my lenses long and my naps longer.”