I use zooms over primes for a variety of reasons with the main one, the type of work I cover. Mainly weddings and events which often causes me to start at the front of a church and end up at the far back. Zooms enable me to cover a wide range without changing lenses and using two cameras can have a range from 24-200 between the two cameras. Do I own primes? Yes, do I use them as often as zooms? No –
When Olympus announced the 12-100 f/4 lens, I was intrigued because in theory, I could have the full range of coverage that I need in one lens and if I wanted to put a fast prime on my second camera, I could get a different look when needed.
Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100 f/4 vs Nikon D750 24-120 f/4
Can the Olympus 12-100 f/4 (Equiv 24-200 f/4) match the Nikon 24-120 f/4? Although we are not comparing exacts since the Olympus 12-100 covers 80 mm more than the Nikon. The Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination have been my go-to combination for nearly everything and wonder if the Olympus 12-100 f/4 can compete. In this first post, we will compare the size of each. We are not doing a comparison of apples to apples but more like apples to carrots with the Nikon. (Hey, I am 100% plant based and love apples and carrots 😀 ). Keep in mind that this isn’t saying that one is ‘better’ than the other but can the Olympus keep up and perform equal to what I am used to in my Nikon gear getting me closer to a lighter load for both event and travel photography. My goal when using the Olympus or any mirrorless system is to reduce the amount of gear/weight needed and overall size while adding desired and/or needed features. (e.g. longer range, extra image stabilization, and more)
They both have lens stabilization and with a constant f/4 aperture.
However, the Olympus weighs in at 1.2 pounds and is weatherproof and the Nikon is not weatherproof nor listed as weather sealed. This is two up for the Olympus – range and weatherproof. Additionally, the Olympus 12-100 f/4 when paired with the Olympus E-M1MarkII adds IBIS that the Nikon does not contain. Another feature of the Olympus over the Nikon.
The Nikon is slightly heavier at 1.56 pounds vs 1.2 pounds for the Olympus. Over the course of the day, this will make a difference but when holding them in my hand, I couldn’t tell the difference.
Comparing cost, the Nikon 24 – 120 f/4 wins without a challenge. New it is less than $1100 and the Olympus 12-100 f/4 is $1299 to 1349 depending where you shop based on the current demand for this lens.
In the comparison image, notice the combination of the Olympus E-M1MarkII and the Nikon D750, the D750 combination is at least 1-inch longer. Since the Olympus covers more of a range, I give the point to the Olympus 12-100 f/4
On the Olympus 12-100 f/4 there is a small push button for the hood that unlocks it for removal which is a great feature! Olympus seems to have a unique way with lens hoods, on the 40-150, it retracts as part of the lens. Great feature!
A few quick comparison points between the two cameras:
• Nikon D750 is 5% (6.4 mm) wider and 24% (22.1 mm) taller than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 is 13% (9.1 mm) thicker than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
• Nikon D750 [840 g] weights 46% (266 grams) more than Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II [574 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
• Nikon D750 dimensions: 140.5x113x78 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II dimensions: 134.1×90.9×68.9 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
Below are a few of my favorite images with the Nikon D750 and 24-120 f/4 combination.
Below are a few of my recent images taken with the Olympus 12-100 f/4 after using it for a few days. No doubt I will have more in the future.
Do I like and recommend this lens? Yes! Although it is on the pricey side, it is weatherproof, covers a wide range at a constant aperture and if you own the 40-150 f/2.8, then you can share filters (72mm) between the two lenses. I like this lens enough to sell the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 lens.