Pe­ter Dench

Favourite lens Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

My go-to lens is the 12- 40mm, which I use with my Olym­pus OM- D E- M1 II. The weight bal­ances well with my cam­era body and I can al­ter­nate quickly be­tween my pre­ferred set­tings of 17mm and 25mm, and it’s in­cred­i­bly quick to fo­cus. I used to frown upon pho­tog­ra­phers who used a zoom lens as I saw my­self as a purist us­ing only primes. One day a col­league said ‘ Why? Get one pro­fes­sional “do-it-all” lens. Keep it on 17mm, then it’s a quick flick of the wrist to 25mm.’ Since then I haven’t looked back. Re­gard­less of light­ing con­di­tions and dis­tance, the im­age cre­ation is clear and sharp in qual­ity. It’s a quick snap back of a ring on the lens to en­gage man­ual fo­cus. The all-metal con­struc­tion makes the lens feel solid, and yet it man­ages to re­main rather de­li­cious look­ing. I use it for por­traits, land­scapes and re­portage, on ed­i­to­rial, cor­po­rate and ad­ver­tis­ing as­sign­ments. It’s also splash/beer proof, which is cru­cial for me as I of­ten pho­to­graph in busy pubs and clubs!

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