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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras


Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras


This high-speed, single-focal– length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from dramatic landscapes in low- light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.Olympus m.12mm F2.0 Zuiko Camera Lens Silver.

  • High-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens
  • Ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions
  • Full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator
  • This lens fits all Olympus PEN series camera bodies and all other micro four thirds camera.

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What customers say about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras?

  1. 52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Amazing Jewel but a bit of a Dilemma for Most People, July 25, 2011
    By 
    B. Fuller (United States) –
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    This review is from: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Electronics)

    Please be aware the lens does not come with the hood. That must be purchased separately. The picture, on this page, is a bit misleading.

    We’ll start of with the greatness of this lens. This lens is the best constructed m4/3 yet. It is optically amazing and fast. The autofocus is ultra silent and quick (I only have Pani bodies). The feel of this lens is magnificent. When you pull back the ring to manual focus, it has hard stops and the focus speed is variable depending on how fast you turn the ring. While not up to the quality of Leica (what is?), this lens is a true gem. There are currently only 2 m43 lenses that go this wide (7-14 and 9-18) and they are bigger, heavier, and 2 stops slower. I am not sure why the m43 bunch is caught up on the 28mm length but this lens is a welcome step in the right direction.

    So if this lens is so nice, then what is the dilemma? The answer to that would be the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5. The 14mm is not in the same league as the 12mm for build quality. However, it is much smaller and cheaper. (Not that the 12mm f/2 is that big in fact it is tiny for what it is, the 14mm f/2.5 is just tiny.) If you don’t need the extra Field of View (FOV) of the 12mm then the 14mm is a very good alternative. I just got back from shooting at two automotive museums and the 14mm performed admirably. It was rare I needed a wider FOV. However, for tight location shooting this thing is an absolute gem and now offers a m43 shooter a real professional alternative to a Nikon or Canon equivalent. Now it would be possible to tote the D7000 w/ 70-200mm f/2.8 and a G3 w 12mm f/2. Much lighter than another Nikon DX body with 14-24 f/2.8 or FX body with 24mm f/1.4.

    Overall, if you don’t know why you would need this lens over the Pani 14mm f/2.5, then you don’t. However, if you need the 9 deg extra FOV or you merely want to use a world class lens then you will be very happy with 12mm f/2. Bravo Olympus. Now please make a 35-100mm f/2 for m43.

    Pros:
    Great 24mm equivalent focal length
    By far the best build quality of any m43 lens yet
    Optically outstanding
    Fast silent autofocus
    Best handling of any m43 lens yet
    Beautiful to look at and hold

    Cons
    Quite a bit pricer than the Pani 14mm f/2.5 (It is actually reasonably priced if you compare it to Voigtlander, Zeiss, or even Nikon and it will get cheaper)
    Bigger than Pani 14mm f/2.5 (Takes a Panasonic G3 out of the compact camera size into Mega Zoom camera size range)
    There are no real cons of this lens as it is outstanding. However, for most people the Pani 14mm will be the smarter purchase (14mm + 20mm still cheaper than 12mm)

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  2. 33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Splendid wide angle performance, July 26, 2011
    By 
    Parka (Singapore) –
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    This review is from: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Electronics)

    Finally, a fast wide angle lens is here for the Micro Four Thirds system. The other two lens that can shoot at 12mm are the Olympus 9-18mm and Panasonic 7-14mm, both start at f/4.

    Build quality for this lens is excellent. It is full metal with a smooth finished surface. It weighs 130g, just slightly twice that of the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens. It’s also twice as tall but still smaller than the kit zoom lens. As wide angle lens go, this is as small as it can get – the beauty of the Micro Four Thirds system.

    The lens doesn’t come with a lens hood which you have to pay (heavily) for.

    There’s a 46mm filter thread, similar to the Panasonic 14mm and 20mm. I have a 2-stop ND filter that I can re-use here. Nice.

    Autofocus speed is snappy and operates silently.

    The focusing ring is great. It can be pulled back to go into manual focus mode instantly, and push back to go back to auto-focus – no need for menus if you’re using a touchscreen camera. When it’s at the back, it reveals a distance indicator. This lens can focus from 0.2m to infinity. So you can either manual focus with the distance indicator (fast), or manual focus the focus-by-wire way (slow), I prefer the former.

    The optical performance is remarkable. At wide open, it’s sharp at centre and corner. It’s sharpest at f/2.8 though, but the difference between this and f/2 is possibly visible only at 100 per cent view. Chromatic aberration and vignetting are not really noticeable. Distortion is controlled really well, even for faces near the edge of the photo.

    I’m using this lens more for landscape (typically buildings) and street shooting. The f/2 is a huge advantage when shooting inside buildings (tight spaces) where lighting is low most of the time. f/2 can give you some depth of field but only when your subject is very close, in-your-face close. In typical usage, the depth of field is minimal.

    Composition with this lens is challenging, but you can always crop, which will be most often the case if you don’t get close enough. If you don’t like shooting so close to people, you might want to use a lens closer to 35mm or the 50mm equivalent.

    I find that a zoom at wide angle is more flexible, for me anyway, but sometimes the low light just hinders the chances at getting shots. I was once in a bar with the 7-14mm and I had to put the camera on the table to get non-hand-shaken shots at high ISO, at least now, I can get two stops of advantage with this 12mm lens and not shoot off a table, or tripod.

    Yes this lens is pricey, but it’s worth it. If you need the low light wide angle lens, you have that option now.

    At a glance
    + Excellent build quality
    + Small, light & portable, relative to DSLR equivalent
    + Very good sharp image quality
    + f/2 aperture is great for low light shooting
    + Fast and silent focus
    + Focusing snap ring can be used to get into manual focus instantly
    + Accepts 46mm filters
    + Worldwide warranty
    - No lens hood included
    - No lens pouch included
    - Pricey but worth it

    Update 2 Jan 2012: I’ve put links to videos I shot with the lens in the comment section below.

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