54points

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

96points

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro vs Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
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96
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Why is Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro better than Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD?

  • 6mm shorter minimum focal length
    12mmvs18mm
  • 0.3m shorter minimum focus distance
    0.15mvs0.45m
  • 149g lighter
    561gvs710g

Why is Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD better than Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro?

  • 12.5% wider aperture at minimum focal length
    f/3.5 vs4f
  • 300mm longer maximum focal length
    400mmvs100mm
  • Has a metal mount
  • Front element doesn't rotate
  • 21.2x greater zoom range
    22.2xvs1x
  • Includes lens hood
  • 0.04x Better magnification factor
    0.34xvs0.3x
  • Weather sealed

Top specs and features

General info

1.minimum focal length

12mm

18mm

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

Best

Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM

0.24mm

2.Is a wide angle lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

A wide angle lens is great for capturing larger areas of a scene, such as when doing architectural or landscape photography.

For example

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

3.maximum focal length

100mm

400mm

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

Best

Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

800mm

4.Front element doesn't rotate
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

5.Has a metal mount
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

6.Weather sealed
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

2.optical zoom

1x

22.2x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Best

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

22.2x

3.magnification

0.3x

0.34x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH

14x

Aperture

1.widest aperture

f/4

f/3.5

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

f/1.2

2.Has rounded aperture blades
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

3.aperture blades

7

7

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Best

Lensbaby Velvet 85

12

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

For example

Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 DG OS HSM | S

3.Has focus motor
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

4.Can focus to infinity
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

5.minimum focus distance

0.15m

0.45m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF

0.02m

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