Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 review at Camera Hoarders: Sharpness is excellent. At F/2 the lens shows slightly softer results both centre and corner, but nothing that prevented me from using it regularly wide open.

"Olympus 12 F/2 ED lens is quite a good performer. At $700 – $800 it is not cheap, but then you get what you pay for. F/2 wideangles this small are not something that grows on trees. It’s sharp across the frame at F/2 and gets really sharp from F/2.8 to F/8. There is visible vignette at F/2 but disappears already at F/2.8 so there’s really hardly anything to complain from optical performance standpoint. Unique manual focus implementation makes this lens really desirable for . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 review by Ming Thein: Those are my only two complaints: the inaccuracy of the pseudo-manual focus clutch, and the continued minor farce of the lens hood.

"Although the lens in general well corrected, you do get the feeling that it’s on the extreme edges of what was possible with the design constraints put upon the optical designers: there’s visible CA against high contrast subjects, especially in the corners where you can get up to 2 pixels’ worth; there’s also very noticeable distortion. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple in nature – barrel with no sombrero/ moustache – and is easily correctable in ACR. Flare exists but the ZERO coating does a good job of keeping it to a minimum – even without the hood. . . . read more

Olympus 12mm f/2 Lens Review @ SansMirror

800 $/e with just a cap and no hood? It better be the best darn 12mm lens on the market:

"Sharpness for a wide angle is good wide open, but the corners have at least twice the blur circle as the central area, and thus have a touch of softness to them. Stopping down to f/4 makes this an edge-to-edge winner, though: decently sharp across the frame. In between, f/2.8, is very usable for me, even into the corners, but again, you'd need to get to f/4 to pull everything up to the highest level this lens is capable of. Overall I expected a sharp lens, and that's basically . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2 Review at PhotographyBlog

"The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2 may not boast a lot of features, but it does have something interesting up its sleeve. At first sight you see nothing special except for a few depth-of-field marks that seem rather pointless as there appears to be no distance scale on the lens. However, a closer look reveals that you can pull the focus ring back toward the mount, a move that exposes a nicely engraved distance scale that – together with the afore-mentioned DoF markings – allows you to use the time-honoured technique of zone focusing, . . . read more

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 . . . read more

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