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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
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Initial Price: 
$770
  • ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) coatin
  • High-speed AF with Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) mechanism
  • 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
  • Metal mount
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0

Overview

Description by Olympus:

Attractively packaged in a high-grade, sleek metallic body, this is the ideal lens for taking enviable wide-angle photos in a wide range of settings. Besides its suitability for shooting landscapes with optical clarity and precision, it can also be put to superb use in low light situations, as well as places where flashes or tripods are either not allowed or not practical. Despite its compact size, it delivers sophisticated image quality and a maximum aperture of 1:2.0. Any fan of snapshot photography will also love this lens. It features a snapshot mechanism, which is activated simply by pulling the focusing ring back, with distance and depth of field indicators that allow users to focus without looking at the camera screen. Another beneficial innovation is the ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, which halves distracting and unwanted reflections in shots compared to conventional coating.

  • Snapshot focus mechanism
  • Versatile wide-angle fixed focal lens
  • High-specification design with metal housing
  • Ideal for capturing quality landscapes
  • Superior image quality performance
  • New advanced multi coating
  • High-speed AF with MSC technology

Reviews

"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

Post date: 05/01/2013 - 20:57

"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.

Post date: 28/12/2012 - 21:59

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

Post date: 21/01/2012 - 15:45

"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,

Post date: 21/12/2011 - 19:21

"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

Post date: 16/10/2011 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$770
Release Date: 
06/2011
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
9.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.2 TStop
Distortion: 
2.60%
Vignetting: 
-1.1 EV
Chr. aberration: 
9.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
AF Motor type: 
High-speed Imager AF(MSC)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
12mm
Max Magnification: 
0.08x
Lens construction: 
11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
7 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.20m
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
56.0mm
Length: 
43.0mm
Weight: 
130g
Body material: 
Metal body with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
46mm

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