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.

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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.”