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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (59)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (57)
  • Strong construction (43)
  • Consistent output (33)
  • Durable (28)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Pricey but worth it (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (56)
  • Low light (51)
  • Night photography (35)
  • Video (19)
  • Weddings (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ultimate Wide

I know it's expensive but, buy it. Try to find a deal, sell one of your kids or donate a kidney, get it. I have been using the 17mm 1.8 as my...Read complete review

I know it's expensive but, buy it. Try to find a deal, sell one of your kids or donate a kidney, get it. I have been using the 17mm 1.8 as my primary for the last two years. That is one nice lens and I have no complaints about it but, I found myself wanting more of the scene as opposed to less. That is to say that I wanted wider, not longer. If you like to get close and get it all, without resorting to a Fisheye, this is it. Sharp, fast, built like a brick sh..., you get the idea. I'm passionate about my lenses, good or bad, this is a real keeper. Good luck.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

at this price point you expect better

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...Read complete review

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.

Reviewed by 104 customers

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5.0

Classic Wide Angle Lens

By Doug

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

The image quality of this lens is excellent, with both great resolution and contrast. The solid metal construction and fine finish is what I expect in pro-level glass. The quality of the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens and beautiful appearance of the images reminds me of my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. This lens is a classic too, and I hope to use it often.

 
5.0

Excellent Quality Prime Lens at a fair price

By Eric R

from Kansas City

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

This lens is extremely sharp and fast. I have not had it for long, but the build feels very solid. I often use the Canon 24mm TS II & 17-40mm on a 5D Mark III, and the results are very comparable with this lens on an OMD EM1. Switching this lens to manual focus mode is especially nice, because you shift the focus barrel down revealing focus distances which work well with the depth of field scale on the top of the barrel. When you switch it to manual the focus ring also stops at infinity and the minimum focus distances, rather than twisting endlessly. The lens is much smaller than anything else I've used, but it's refreshing how compact it makes the camera and still retains top quality optics.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great on my DJI inspire X5

By AIR

from Glendale

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Beautiful color, flares and sharpness. It's now my go to lens on my X5. With aerial uav photography flares are present and unavoidable and this lens as attractive flares. It's nicely made and well worth getting.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Jim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Good lens for my Panasonic GH4 that is mounted to my DJI S900 Great pictures great lens.

 
5.0

Can't go wrong.

By Josh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

High quality lens that we love using with our Osmo setup. No balance weight needed.

 
5.0

Nice and sharp, well built.

By Gene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I use this on my X5R on Osmo RAW. Nice lens! No disturbing distortions. Needs balancing ring to be better balanced .. I made one by taping a small nut to the outer filter ring.

 
5.0

Good wide angle fix

By Alexey

from undisclosed

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Good lens. Just started to use it, but use intensively. Using with body OM-D E5 (1st gen). Picture is decent and what I specially notice: it's absolutely silent and crazy fast

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very happy so far

By AIR mark

from LA CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I'm using this lens with my inspire 1 and the X5 camera. So far it is working flawlessly. I have noticed it handles the over exposed areas nicely giving a nice glow. The factor lens shade I purchased from somewhere else is to heavy for the gimbal and will not fit with my polar pro filters.

 
5.0

My go to.

By Tony

from Missoula

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Sharp, small and the perfect focal length.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quality Results in a Convenient and Attractive Package

By JM

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I purchased this lens to add a wider angle capability to my Pen-F. I already own the excellent Oly 12-40mm Pro zoom, but that lenses feels more at home on my E-M1. My testing shows the 12mm/f/2.0 lens to more than acceptably sharp center to corner wide open, with the best results coming at f/5.6, no surprise. Other micro 4/3 lenses with this focal length may exceed the Oly's performance on the laboratory bench, but I prefer shooting on the street. The compact size, performance and price point make this lens a winner in my book.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you have an X5 on your Inspire Drone, this is a must-have

By TampaBaySkyCam

from Clearwater, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Breathtaking shots with this lens. Yeah, it's pricey. And worth every penny. Sell a kidney if you have to. But buy this lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding lens!

By Scripip

from CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

I am using this lens on my Inspire1withe X5 camera. It is an outstanding lens! Very sharp!

 
5.0

Excelente lente!

By maumor69

from San José, Costa Rica, Central America.

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

Un lente que se ajusta a lo que necesito. Lo monto en S1000+ y desde el aire me da excelentes resultados. En tierra es super luminoso y me genera un textura inigualable. 100% recomendado. Vale lo que pagué por el.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the product!

By Grube

from Spokane, Washington

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I purchased this to use with my drone. Optics are great. If you are using this product for a drone aircraft, I would also get the hood, UV filter, and a 2-stop 46 mm ND filter. I would not purchase the circular polarizer.

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By Nick

from Foley, Al

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I just received this lens last week to use on a Panasonic GH3 for aerial photography, but have had great experience with this lens for other things, as well.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must with the Zenmuse X5 camera!

By Esat T.

from Somerset, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

I am generally a full frame camera user. This lens along with the zenmuse X5 camera are my first micro 4/3 setup. All though it may not be as wide as a full frame lens, it is definitely much sharper. If only these lenses fit on ff cameras :)

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My New Prime

By MS

from Gulf Coast

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

    Great quality lens. Bought this to replace the stock DJI X5 lens. The stock lens is a great lens but I wanted to get a lens with just a little wider FOV. It does a great job. Colors are perfect. Focus is easy to achieve. Low light is better that expected. Happy with the lens.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A+ on the DJI Inspire Pro x5/x5R

    By Craig

    from Boston, Ma

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

    Excellent lens. Well made. Without issue. Put on the inspire pro x5 and you have an amazing combination in the air. Don't forget to balance and buy a filter to do so or lens hood

    (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Compact

    By On the river

    from New York, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Silver):

    Great little lens, cool silver finish

    (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Gem

    By Jack

    from NYC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens (Black):

      Great for landscapes, good in low light.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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