Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 second impression: this lens is ginormous!

I guess it’s not big compared to full-frame lenses (although remember than an f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens is the equivalent to an f/5.6 lens on a full-frame camera, and an f/5.6 full-frame lens might be smaller), but compared to every other Micro Four Thirds lens that I own, this is huge, and it turns the svelte Olympus E-P5 into an unwieldy DSLR-lilke beast.

Aesthetics and laziness to carry a big and heavy camera aside, a practical problem of ginormosity, in addition to ergonomics, is that the lens blocks the pop-up flash, even with the lens hood removed. One needs to zoom in to at least 26mm to avoid the flash casting a shadow that’s visible in the image.

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