Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2

June 30, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 1 Comment |
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 is a high-grade, fast wide-angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Courtesy of built-in depth of field and distance indicators, the lens is ideal for zone focusing - but it also offers quiet and fast Movie & Stills Compatible auto focus for those that prefer to use AF over manual focus. With a close-focus point of 0.2m and a maximum aperture of f/2, this lens allows users to play with perspective and depth of field in rather unusual ways. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 lens features a metal barrel and an enhanced multi-layer lens coating which, according to Olympus, halves the effects of ghosting and flaring compared to conventional comparable coatings. The lens will be available for around £700 from early July, 2011.

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#1 Eesti

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.

4:00 am - Thursday, August 25, 2011