Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds review at photodo

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds review at photodo

"Although this lens isn't the most compact on offer for Micro Four Thirds system compatible cameras, it is still relatively compact and lightweight at only 130g. The build quality is excellent, with a retro metal finish and it makes a perfect companion for the Panasonic Lumix G3 used for testing.

This lens sports Olympus' Snapshot focus mechanism, which allows the photographer to change between

auto and manual focus by sliding the focus ring back and forth. The system works well providing quick access to manual focus control and the mechanism has a premium quality feel to it, gliding into place. When manual focus is engaged, a hyperfocal scale is revealed, which is a nice touch.

Auto focus is performed internally so the 46mm filter thread does not rotate, making this lens perfect for use with graduated and polarising filters. Autofocus is quick and virtually silent too. The minimum focus distance of 20cm is quite useful, allowing you to get in quite close to your subject. A new lens coating developed by Olympus also promises to suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

The premium status of this lens doesn't stop at the build quality and features. Sharpness in the centre of the frame at maximum aperture is outstanding and good towards the edges of the frame. Peak quality across the frame is achieved at f/4 where the clarity in the centre is still outstanding and approaching excellent towards the edges. Stopping the lens down further reduces sharpness due to diffraction, but sharpness is still very good across the frame down to f/11."

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