Sometimes I just want to travel ultra-light so I bought a new lens for my E-PL5. I’ve been looking for a nice pancake zoom lens to suit my most used focal lengths and settled for the Panasonic Lumix 12-32mm as it covers the wide-angle end and the combination works extremely well. The Panasonic lens image stabilisation works well with the Olympus body and I think it’s better than the E-PL5’s in-body image stabilisation.
It’s so light that I don’t even know that I’ve got it with me and makes a nice change from my regular gear. As it’s a tiny pancake lens it’s not the fastest lens in the world but it’s quite acceptably sharp throughout the zoom range. It’s a really un-obtrusive camera/lens combination and I plan to take it out on a few trips this year and carry it around with me when I’m out and about.
PS. Because I love “retro” I bought an inexpensive case for it. I’ll probably use it as a half-case and it’ll give it a bit more grip and I have the VF-4 viewfinder attached. Olympus want a ridiculous price for their larger grip and this case was considerably cheaper with free shipping 🙂 .