I repeated the lens comparison that I did in my previous posting between my Lumix 12-32mm and one of my prime lenses. This time I’ve compared the Lumix set at 12mm with my Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 prime lens. Same setup as before, camera mounted on a tripod and shots taken at ISO 200 at f/5.6. 100% crops.
Lumix 12-32mm @ 12mm
Olympus 12mm corner.
Lumix 12-32mm @ 12mm corner
This time I think that the Lumix is sharper across the frame and especially so in the corners. I’m more than happy with both lenses and the differences are marginal at the worst although the 12-32mm really does shine as an all-round lens and doesn’t disgrace itself again more expensive prime lenses. If one doesn’t habitually shoot in poor light and/or at large apertures or desire lots of bokeh then I think that the Lumix is a very good buy and it’s more compact and lighter than carrying two primes. Colour rendition between all these lenses is virtually identical or, if there are any differences, I’m hard pressed to spot it. No test charts here, I shoot real-life images not test charts! 🙂