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12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras
 
4.9

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (107)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (125)
  • Strong construction (90)
  • Consistent output (70)
  • Durable (69)
  • Rugged (61)

Cons

  • Heavy (40)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (68)
  • Weddings (43)
  • Low light (38)
  • Night photography (38)
  • Sports/action (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (47), Enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (9), Semi-professional (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb lens

It was a hard call to make because of the price and for the first week or so I had the usual buyer's remorse but the more I used the lens the more I fell...Read complete review

It was a hard call to make because of the price and for the first week or so I had the usual buyer's remorse but the more I used the lens the more I fell in love with it. This is a superb lens with very high IQ, beautiful rendering, sharp, shows very fine details. The portraits made with it are simply fantastic (it really excels around 60 mm). Until this lens, I was not a big fan of zooms preferring primes but this one really shines even in comparison with really fine primes that I have used. I use it with E-330, and it's a perfect combination. The weight is not a problem, gives a nice feeling and balances E-330 very well. This is my most used lens, especially for people. I go to kids parties and with this lens and E-330's LiveView mode A (I shoot from the waist level), I get terrific pictures. I use it often with AF-C, it focuses very fast and reliably and I get shots that I would have otherwise easily missed. You may say that 14-54 is half the price. Well, you get what you pay for. It is easily worth the premium.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, just not made for my camera

I have an EP-3 which is a micro 4/3 camera and this lens, is well, a 4/3. After reading many reviews about it, i decided to go to to...Read complete review

I have an EP-3 which is a micro 4/3 camera and this lens, is well, a 4/3. After reading many reviews about it, i decided to go to to B&H and purchase this glass along with the adaptor to fit my camera body. In the store when i mounted this lens on Olympus' DSLR's, the lens focused very quick and took great pictures under the flourescent light. When i came home i was rather displeased with how it functioned on the EP-3. Despite there being an adaptor to use 4/3 lenses on a micro 4/3 camera, it is better to just stick with the lenses that are available for that type. From my experiments, the lens is tack sharp especially when pictures are taken up close and personal. But once again, ONLY PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT IF YOU HAVE A DSLR.

I was very pleased with B&H's customer support. I was able to get my refund back, no questions asked, and i got myself the 12mm 2.0 lens instead which im very happy with.

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5.0

Love it!

By Al

from Pinehurst, nc

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

      It's better than I expected. This is a pro peice of glass.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Wildlife Nut

      from Maryland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

      Got this lens to document my daughter, who was born this year (informal snapshots). Great lens that has become the default lens on my camera. A bit heavy/bulky, but the image quality more than makes up for it (and is to be expected in great glass). The only negative that I noticed is it reached F4.0 rather quickly as you zoom (you hit F3.7 at 35mm). This prompted me to give it 4 stars instead of 5, but all in all I would recommend this lens all day long.

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      • No

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Everything I Read It Was!

      By KID

      from Sarasota, Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Amazing Macro Ability
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Focus well in Low Light
      • Rugged
      • Smooth Manual Focus Ring
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Lens hood is loose

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

      This lens is my very first Olympus Zuiko lens. I'm using it on an E-5. I'm a long time (11 years) Canon digital shooter, and I used Nikon through the film days in the 1990s and Nikon digital in the last few years. I recently switched to Olympus. I'm amazed at the sharpness of the jpeg files straight out of the E-5, and the sharpness of this amazing lens. The focus is instant (something I was worried about--I only use center point focus), and never hunts even in incredibly low light (as in near darkness). The lens focus like a true macro down to just a few inches from your subject, which is truly amazing for a lens with such a range. I've used and owned every pro L-Series Canon and gold ring Nikon AF lens, and this is just as sharp, if not sharper, than any one of them. The only negative is the slight distortion at 12mm, but it is easily corrected with software. The Canon 24-105 has more distortion and far worse vignetting.

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      5.0

      A Winner !!

      By edsmx5

      from Pottstown, Pa.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Sharp at all focal length

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

      I've been waiting to upgrade my kit lenses for a while now, and the 12-60 was well worth the wait ! Fast, tack-sharp, quick to focus, this lens was everything I expected and more. My only problem, as I understand it, is that my body won't deliver all of the 12-60's capabilities. Time to add an e-3 or (more likely) an e-5 to my arsenal!

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      • No
      • Similar:
      • 50-200 f2.8-3.5 zoom (non SWD)

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      5.0

      Awesome Lens. Great Compliment to the E3

      By JCarlos Photo

      from Los Angeles, CA.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

        Outdoor and Portrait Photography

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent lens

        By Brian Steele

        from St. George's, Grenada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

          I bought this a month or so ago, and regret not buying it earlier! Truly an excellent lens. I use it on both my E520 (for taking pictures while I'm hashing or hiking) and on my E620. Nice, sharp and clear photos from both cameras. Watch out though for "lens shadow" if you use the built-in flash on these smaller E-series cameras. On the E520, I was getting lens shadow at every setting below 25mm.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Sharp, fast and a little heavy

          By Bill the Architect

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Very Sharp

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

          Took this lens on a trip to Kauai to photograph birds, landscapes and birds. ,

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          • No

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          4.0

          12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens f

          By Joao Inacio

          from Brasilia, Brazil

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

            I bought this lens to use with my Panasonic AG-AF100 thru MMF-2 Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter. Initially I was worried because there is no recommendation on Panasonic website but the lens is very nice and the iris works correctly. Only autofocus doesn't work but I didn't use this function.

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            5.0

            Excellent lens!

            By bruss

            from Quarryville, Pa

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

              This lens I use with the also excellent 50-200mm which covers a great focal range. Sharp !! Sharp!!

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              • No

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              (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not bad, just not made for my camera

              By Dean

              from NYC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Pros

              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                I have an EP-3 which is a micro 4/3 camera and this lens, is well, a 4/3. After reading many reviews about it, i decided to go to to B&H and purchase this glass along with the adaptor to fit my camera body. In the store when i mounted this lens on Olympus' DSLR's, the lens focused very quick and took great pictures under the flourescent light. When i came home i was rather displeased with how it functioned on the EP-3. Despite there being an adaptor to use 4/3 lenses on a micro 4/3 camera, it is better to just stick with the lenses that are available for that type. From my experiments, the lens is tack sharp especially when pictures are taken up close and personal. But once again, ONLY PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT IF YOU HAVE A DSLR.

                I was very pleased with B&H's customer support. I was able to get my refund back, no questions asked, and i got myself the 12mm 2.0 lens instead which im very happy with.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Wildlife Shooter

                from Ottawa, Canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                Great fast focusing lens for both indoor and outdoor photos. Coupled with the 50 - 200 SWD lens, I don't need any other lenses.

                Great for taking action shots (i.e. grandkids, sports) and for wildlife. The number of focused shots is greatly improved with the SWD compared to the original lens that came with the E 620 camera.

                A little pricey but worth it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                amazing lens

                By sarahc

                from inland empire ca

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                This is the perfect upgrade from the lens kit. It's the best walk around lens from Olympus. I'm extremely happy I saved for it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                SUPERB LENS

                By JV RAMANA

                from INDIA HYDERABAD

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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                • Yes

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                ***JUST AMAZING***

                By Marathonianbull

                from Montreal, QUEBEC, CANADA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                  I have been using legendary Minolta G lenses as well as more recent Sony Carl Zeiss lenses for quite a while on the Alpha side of the world, but am quite new here in Zuiko Land. To make a long story short, this is my first best-ever experience in Olympus realm, by far! This 12-60mm f/2.8 actually seems to equal or beat even great primes from both 'worlds', and succeeds in mixing & matching the best optical qualities that I have encountered from all wide-to-medium telephoto zooms tested including the Sony CZ Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5, Sony CZ Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 F2.8 ZA SSM, Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical, Tamron - SP AF 28-75 F2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF, Tokina (Angenieux) AT-X 270 PRO AF 28-70 F2.6-2.8, or Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II! Considering everything, sturdiness, colors, contrats, sharpness, AF speed, feel: satisfaction galore!!! Nothing else to say, except maybe a very sincere albeit subjective advice: BUY IT, IT'S JUST AMAZING!!!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By KJELLUS

                  from Bergen, NORWAY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                    Now, I only need one lens for my casual use.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love this lens

                    By Jay

                    from Highland Michigan

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                      I rented this lens years ago and have wanted to buy one ever since. Well I was finally able to buy it and it is everything I remember it being. On my E-5 it's so fast to focus, it seems instant. Color and sharpness is amazing. I also own the 50-200SWD and feel I now have the Olympus 1-2 winning punch.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple the best

                      By zaswiat

                      from El Paso

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                        Great product,high quality. I will use it for my workn at studio and outdoor.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        An exception must have lens

                        By Wayne J

                        from Southland New Zealand

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Quiet focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction
                        • TACK SHARP

                        Cons

                        • A bit pricey

                        Best Uses

                        • General everyday lens
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                        You will be hard pressed to find a better performing optic. Tack sharp, nice detail and contrast rendering and an extremely useful range for everyday use. Fast focus - instantly snaps - could be better in low light but this could be my older e510's influence. Very close focus and useful wide end make this the lens to reach for to cover most opportunities in a "photo walk-a-bout". Nice bokeh and great to use wide open in lower light.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        So much better than the kit lens.

                        By G William

                        from Northern Vermont

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                        Have used in photographing flowers. Going on a family vacation in July and this will be the lense that will be used.

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                        • No

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                        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        In Search of Excellence

                        By Earth Sea Sky

                        from Australia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras:

                          This by far is the most versatile workhorse in my stable of several SWD and Standard Zuiko lenses.

                          For a professional wedding photographer this fast focusing lens with its wide focal range combined with a closeup distance down to 24cm at all focal lengths and low light ability is capable of covering an entire wedding event on its own.

                          For the landscape photographer the 12-60mm produces crisp, clear color rich images and suffices for all but extreme wide angle and long telephoto shots.

                          For the portrait photographer the 12-60mm encompasses the traditional focal length of a portrait lens and renders a soft creamy bokeh.

                          For Architectural work the 12-60mm at the short end has obvious advantages for interior low light situations.

                          Sports photographers will appreciate the benefits offered by the this fast focusing lens, especially when used on an E-5 in track focusing or video mode.

                          The construction of this lens with the inclusion of two aspherical elements delivers bright clear viewing through the ELV.

                          In conclusion, this is a stunning all-rounder that is to be recommended to any photographer who seeks no less than excellence.

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