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OlympusM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver)
 
4.7

(based on 72 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Strong construction (35)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Nice bokeh (25)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Pricey but worth it (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Low light (42)
  • Night photography (27)
  • Video (17)
  • Weddings (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (3), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (63)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very nice lens, but not brilliant

I use the Olympus EP2 as my take-along camera when I don't need the medium format digital, but I want the best lenses that can be obtained for this format. The 12mm f/2...Read complete review

I use the Olympus EP2 as my take-along camera when I don't need the medium format digital, but I want the best lenses that can be obtained for this format. The 12mm f/2 is a wonderfully useful lens - wider than anything I have for medium format and fast. I have used it for several weeks now for landscapes and candid shots to good effect. The optics are good, but they lack the brilliance and razor sharpness of the 17mm Panasonic and I find the auto-focus of this particular lens on this camera to be unreliable. A lens this wide stopped down a few stops should have tremendous sharpness and depth-of-field even when not precisely focused, but I have not found this to be the case. Often what you want with a lens like this is to find the correct distance and f-stop for quick shots - I think I will have to do experiments to find this setting and use it manually. Used without the autofocus, this lens is very sharp but not quite brilliant. It has virtually no flare- I have shot into the sun at wider apertures and it looks good. The lens build is sturdy and very attractive, well made and light and physically small. Despite my disappointment - I would like to see razor sharp details using auto-focus near the center of the field even at f2 - I will keep it and use it often, but without the autofocus.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as great as I expected

I purchased this lens to be used on my Af100. I was tired of using adaptors with mixed results. This is a nice looking lens though when mounted on the AF100 it looks tiny...Read complete review

I purchased this lens to be used on my Af100. I was tired of using adaptors with mixed results. This is a nice looking lens though when mounted on the AF100 it looks tiny and silly. If your EGO is easily affected by the size of your lens, don't get this!

Auto focus works well with the Af100, especially when using the focus selection square on the Af100. Aperture switches smoothly and quickly via the iris wheel.The manual "switch" on the lens, which reminds me of the way many Tamron lenses switch to manual focus,causes issues with the Af100. In order to manual focus you need to switch the camera to manual AF. Just switching the lens doesn't work, it causing this un-smooth motion when pulling focus. Smoothest manual focus is had when the camera is set to manual and the lens to Auto focus.
With such a high price and rave reviews I expected superior sharpness. It is sharp but it can't match my Tokina 11-16mm on the Af100. I also own the Olympus 45mm 1.8 and the Nokton 25mm. These two lenses are razor sharp and that is what I expected from the 12mm.

three stars because of the high price and that it isn't as stellar of a performer.

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5.0

Nice - love this lens

By ash

from seattle

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

nice

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4.0

Nice crisp lens!

By Dave the DP

from Portland, OR

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

    Beautiful lens, nice crisp focus, very lightweight.

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    5.0

    Great Lens for a Novice

    By The Videographer

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Shallow Dof

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

    I use this lens for the BMPCC and I'm very glad I chose it. It's a great all-around lens with a respectable max aperture and a wide angle with little fish-eye.

    At the moment, this is the only lens I have that works with the BMPCC, but I've actually found that it does a great job in almost every scenario - with the exception of interviews where a very shallow DoF is needed.

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    5.0

    Fastest lens I've ever owned

    By Snapshotist

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • No lens hood included

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

    I love my Olympus 17mm pancake lens. The weight plus length and quality of the output I get made it hard to walk away from. As a primarily street shooter, carrying a camera that cloaks itself well in public is important to me. I was worried about how this lens would look. I'm happy to say the size isn't overwhelming for street photography.

    As for performance, I was blown away how quickly the lens auto focused. Again, another important trait in a street lens for catching those fleeting moments.

    The price is steep and only "worth it" if you have the disposable income to make such a purchase. If you do have the means though, you won't be disappointed.

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    5.0

    12mm Micro 4/3 lens perfect for me

    By filmmaker58

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Great For Gh3gh4
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Aerial Uav Cinematography
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

      Lightweight, fast, wide angle lens is perfect for aerial UAV cinematography with the Panasonic GH3/GH4

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      5.0

      FANTASTIC Lens!!

      By AerialMikeCR

      from San Jose, Costa Rica

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

        We bought this to use it on the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to fly it with our octocopter and the BMPCC Z15 Zenmuse. This lens is absolutely amazing! The level of detail, fast focusing and sharpness is wonderful. 100% recommended. We plan to use it on the upcoming GH4 camera we are buying.

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        4.0

        Good to very good

        By HC

        from Palm Beach, Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

            I had already bought other Olympus lenses, like the 45mm, the 60mm macro, etc... This was the second time I had bought this Oly 12mm in 8 months, and I felt it better to return them both times. I had thought that the first time, I had simply gotten a bad sample, but this second one 8 months later was the same.

            It is a good to very good lens, depending on aperture and subject distance. I felt, however, that at this price, performance should be better & at a higher level across the apertures. Not bad, mind you, but I expected better.

            I prefer 'primes' in the Micro 4/3 format, so I will simply use what I now own already and wait for Olympus to make another, better performing version. As an aside, the 45mm, 60mm, 75mm perform very well, to my high expectations.

            Henry

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            2.0

            Disappointing

            By futureHistory

            from Willimantic, CT

            About Me Professional

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              Cons

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                  Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                  I wanted to love this lens. I own the 45mm Olympus and it's truly amazing. This lens has a better build quality, and a great focusing ring that adds to its appeal. However, the image quality was disappointing. Not nearly up to the quality of the 45mm, or the Panasonic 20mm I also use.
                  Great looking, well built, but I can not recommend this lens due to its lack of sharpness and inability to resolve detail.
                  I give it two stars for the great design and build.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens!

                  By Ezz

                  from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                    This is on my OMD EM-10 most of the time. Its a nice length and does not disappoint.

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                    5.0

                    perfect wide angle!

                    By chinman

                    from newyork, newyork

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                        The image quality is fantastic. Wide open there's some minor distortion and vignetting but both are well within tolerable norms. Stop down to F/2.8 and those problems go away - it's amazing. The lens is literally sharp wide open or stopped down. There's hardly any noticeable flare and distortion is well-controlled. The build quality is fantastic and the lens is lightweight compared to other fast super-wide angle lenses I have used.In my opinion, in order to really enjoy this lens you need the Olympus VF-2 Electronic ViewFinder. This ads about $ to the cost of the kit. That is very expensive to be sure but well worth it if you're going to use this lens regularly.If I have a gripe its that at this price, Olympus is too cheap to throw in the LH-48 lens hood. It's a metal hood that in cases like this where flare is an issue, should just be in the box.ConclusionI haven't spent a great deal of time with this lens but I can already tell it's great. If you need a low-light, wide-angle lens for a micro 4/3 camera system and can afford it, there's no reason to delay. Pull the trigger. It is very expensive. Especially considering the fact that Olympus doesn't even provide a hood or so much as a lens pouch to go with it. But if you want good optics, and who doesn't - this is your lens.There are cheaper alternatives - but they are in my opinion - not better simply because they are less expensive. The 14mm lens from Panasonic can't touch this one so while you may fool yourself into thinking your getting ROUGHLY the same quality if you go that route, based on my experience you are wrong.

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                        5.0

                        High priced...but worth it.

                        By DanT

                        from NE US

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Super sharp

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                          Super sharp lens. High priced, but worth every penny.

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                          4.0

                          Great lens

                          By Mike

                          from Key west

                          Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                          This lens is wonderful and light. But I would add an nf filter.

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                          5.0

                          Lovely lens

                          By Ricardo

                          from Denver

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                            Lovely lens with snappy and quiet auto focus. Attached to my E-P 3. I have the E-P 2 as well and just purchased the E-P 5 with 17 mm lens and viewfinder. Quite pleased with the overall Olympus Micro Four Thirds E-P system. The camera fits my small hands, is light weight and of durable construction and lastly the image quality is quite good. Next purchase, a pro level zoom lens.

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                            5.0

                            The lens is shaper than I am

                            By Janski

                            from Rome, italy

                            Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                            A great old 24mm equivalent reportage lens. Rock solid full metal jacket barrel and a brilliant manual focusing system. Even the good old hyperfocal technique can be used with this lens as it has a depth of field scale as lenses used to have in the old days.

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                            5.0

                            Great lense

                            By PierrePe

                            from Quebec, Canada

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                              Great for pics in city walks and to be in the action.

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                              3.0

                              at this price point you expect better

                              By pchrist

                              from salt lake city UT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Small and light weight

                              Cons

                              • Silly Manual Focus
                              • So So Performance
                              • Very Tight Installing

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                                I was going to use this lens along with the pano 25mm1.4, and the Oly 45mm 1.8 with 3 bodies in a single bag but the optical performance of the 12 mm is sub par compared to the other lenses.
                                sometimes you get what you pay for and other times (as in this case) you don't. this just isn't in the same league with the other primes I own.

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                                5.0

                                Beautiful Lens

                                By Retired

                                from Phoenix, AZ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                                  I really like this lens. This is the best 24mm I have owned (previously had the Canon 24L and Nikon 2.8). It's super sharp and fast to focus. It hasn't been off my camera since I received it. If you shoot wide this is a must have lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  A gem in the Olympus line up

                                  By John

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                                    Great, sharp lens. Perfect as a walk-around lens if you like wide-angle images.

                                    I wish it came in black, though.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great lens

                                    By Sparty

                                    from Seattle, WA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Rugged

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light

                                      Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                                      This is a good lens for indoor photography in tight places. Fast and sharp, focus is quick, quiet and accurate. I've used it at kids birthday parties.

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                                      4.0

                                      A Must Buy

                                      By Denrod

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

                                        Excellent center sharpness with just a hint of corner softness wide open. The corner softness goes away completely by F4.0. Some CA and shading which go away when you stop down and in any case can be fixed in post processing. The snap focus feature is unique and very functional. If you need wide angle and a fast aperature this is a must buy!

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