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Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras


Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras


12-60 millimeter f2.8-4.0 zoom lens for digital cameras (equivalent to 24-120 millimeter in 35 millimeter photography) Features Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) technology inside to provide quiet, ultra-fast autofocus speed In combination with the Olympus E-3 DLSR, delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world 100-percent digital design ensures high-definition performance Features special optical glass elements to correct various types of aberrations

  • 12-60 millimeter f2.8-4.0 zoom lens for digital cameras (equivalent to 24-120 millimeter in 35 millimeter photography)
  • Features Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) technology inside to provide quiet, ultra-fast autofocus speed
  • In combination with the Olympus E-3 DLSR, delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world
  • 100-percent digital design ensures high-definition performance
  • Features special optical glass elements to correct various types of aberrations

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What customers say about Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras?

  1. 84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If I could only have one lens, this would be it., November 27, 2007
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    Ellamay B. Ward “Paradise” (Paradise, Ca) –
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    This is an impressive lens, fast, wide, fairly long, and close focus abilities. I also own the 14-54mm F2.8-3.5, which had been my walk around lens until this one arrived. The 12-60mm is even sharper than then 14-54mm, which is not slouch.
    The 2mm (4mm equivalent) difference on the wide end is VERY noticeable, especially if you are photographing indoors. The 6mm (12mm equivalent) is also noticeable and useful but not as extreme.
    If you are used to the 14-54mm you find the 12-60mm very easy to get used to. It is a little bit larger, and slightly heavier but not noticeable after 30 minutes. Personally I rarely had my lens hood on when using the 14-54mm, with the 12-60mm it is on most of the time. This is due to the larger wide end which makes it easier to catch reflections and light flares.
    The focus rings on the 12-60mm SWD and any new SWD lenses will feel strange compared to non SWD lenses. This is due to the other lenses being focus by wire, the SWD’s have a mechanical connection. This means two things.
    1. The focus ring is stiffer than the electronic versions.
    2. Also with SWD lenses there is full time focus override. This IMHO makes it easier. If you happen to have the camera on the wrong setting with non SWD lenses at a critical moment, you can miss the shot.
    The extra width, length, maximum magnification (.56X 35mm equivalent), weather sealing and VERY fast focusing speed make this an outstanding lens. I find myself changing lenses much less often due to this lenses versatility. I am being able to leave two other lenses (11-22mm & 50mm Macro) at home while hiking, which more than makes up for the slight weight and size increase from the 14-54mm. Also for those who don’t have those lenses yet, it is cheaper as well.

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  2. 27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Sharp and Good Price/Performance, October 11, 2011
    By 
    -Ashi- (San Jose, CA United States) –

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    There are four zoom lenses in the Olympus 4/3 line up that covers the standard zoom range. Standard Grade (SG) Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6, High Grade (HG) Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II, HG Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD, and Super High Grade (SHG) Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 Digital ED SWD. There is no doubt the SHG offering is the best Olympus has to offer in this group, but its price tag is often prohibitive to amateurs and even serious amateurs.

    For most consumers who desire the image quality without breaking the bank, the choice is between Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 MK II and Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4 SWD. For most people I highly recommend Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 MK II and Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD combo for the best bang for the money, and they both use 67mm filter thread so you can share filters together. This is a major cost saving as a high quality Circular Polarizer filter that won’t deteriorate your HG Olympus lens can cost you and average between $80-120.

    Let me give you a little of my credential. I have used all the mentioned lenses from Olympus listed above, except for the SG 14-42mm, so I am offering my advice as a real world user, rather than a specs researcher. I have used my Olympus E-620 DSLR for two years now, so my experience with Olympus 4/3 camera is very extensive. I would describe myself as a serious amateur, who fine tune his LCD monitor in order to get the best enlargement prints possible.

    The objective of this review is to provide some insight whether you should invest in Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4 SWD over Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 MK II, which costs almost $300 more.

    Sharpness: Zuiko 12-60mm wins here. The major difference would be corner performance. Under good lighting, both would perform admirably. In poor light, Zuiko 12-60mm wins. As with most 4/3 lenses, both lenses are sharp wide-open. There is no need to stop down two stops to get to the first “usable” aperture, unlike competitors’ lenses. However, when you do stop down by two stops, that’s where 4/3 sensor’s optimal range range (f/4-8), and you will get exceptionally sharp photos.

    Geometric Distortion: Zuiko 12-60mm wins hand down. Many reports shows at 12mm, Zuiko 12-60mm has a weird “mustache shape” distortion, which is true. However, unless you shoot for absolute straight line, and stand at a very close distance to your subject, this is largely ignorable. For architecture photos where straight lines are crucial, I recommend using software provided by Olympus (Olympus Viewer or Olympus Master) to process your RAW images, as there is a very easy option to automatically correct geometric distortion using built-in lens data (click on RAW button on Olympus Viewer tool bar, then select Gear tab -> Distortion Correction -> Auto -> Apply). Geometric distortion is not a problem for both lenses after 18mm (around 36mm in FF term).

    Vignette: Zuiko 12-60mm also wins here. Vignette is visible at 14mm for Zuiko 14-54mm MK II. Zuiko 12-60mm for most part, does not have noticeable vignette, but they do exist upon close inspection. Be sure to use filter with thinner mount, as that can decrease the chance of vignetting. If vignette performance is absolutely crucial for you, I recommend SHG 14-35mm SWD, if you’re willing to pay for its premium price tag (though it is still a bargain compared with the competitors’ offerings at same performance level).

    Chromatic Aberration: “The purple fringe” is usually a problem with wide angle lenses. Zuiko 12-60mm SWD performs admirably here even at 12mm. I rarely see any CA in my photos, and when they do exist, the line is very clean. Same for Zuiko 14-54mm MK II. Since both lenses’ CA are very clean and not bleeding type, the purple fringe can be easily removed with software such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 (Select Lens Correction -> Defringe) without using very complicated procedure.

    Color/Contrast: Again, Zuiko 12-60mm SWD wins here. For best contrast, color and saturation, I recommend using Olympus Viewer (or Olympus Master) for developing your own RAW photos to retain the eye-pleasing Olympus color. Color/contrast level is highly subjective to each person’s taste, so please judge it accordingly to your own preference. Exposure and lighting condition will also affect color…

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  3. 38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The perfect lens to leave on your camera, January 3, 2008
    By 
    Earl E. (Connecticut) –

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    I bought this lens based on reviews seen here and my overall satisfaction with the Olympus brand. Out of the box revealed a high quality made in Japan (not China)lens. The zoom ring is a little tighter than I prefer but still perfectly acceptable.
    My heart sank when my E300 wouldn’t start after attaching the lens. After some frantic phone calls I learned that I had to update the camera’s firmware. The Olympus website is very clear on the procedure and the whole process took less than 15 minutes. The first thing I noticed that this lens is one heavy hunk of glass. At 21.2 ounces compared to 10.9 ounces for the 14-45 kit lens, the extra weight does tend to unbalance the camera. The second thing I noticed was it focused noticably faster than the 14-45. Even in dim light I was surprised how quickly the lens popped into focus. The 12-60 zoom range is the ideal range for me and I truly appreciate the 12mm setting for those cramped quarters situations. Performance is exemplary. No noticeable linear or color distortion nor dark corners at any setting. This is the perfect lens to leave on your camera. One final bit of nitpicking; the velvet “sock” supplied as a lens case provides minimal, if any, protection. A soft leather pouch would be more appropriate for a $900 lens.

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