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Olympus 12mm or SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm?

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I currently own an Olympus 12mm f2.0 for my GH2. However an opportunity has arisen for me to purchase the highly-acclaimed SLR Magic 12mm 1.6 lens. Should I sell my Olympus and get the 1.6? How do the two compare in terms of image quality? Sharpness is not too much of an issue for me, I am more interested in obtaining a shallower DOF. Is there a dramatic difference between f2 and f1.6?

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[quote author=JayVex link=topic=568.msg3736#msg3736 date=1334179533]Sharpness is not too much of an issue for me, I am more interested in obtaining a shallower DOF.[/quote]

A shallower DoF you would of course get with f1.6, if only marginally. There are some direct comparisons between the two on YouTube, and one may say the SLR magic is softer and has a nice bokeh. At f1.6 it seemingly tends to produce CA (it was recommended to start at f2.0), and in backlight it makes a lot of reflexes, whereas the Olympus is better coated.

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There is also the question of image "stlye" or "character".
You should look at images comparing the two and see if you find the Magic images substantially more to your liking - or not.  :)

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