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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)

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  • Ultra-wide angle fast aperture lens
  • Maximum f/2.0 aperture, great for low-light shooting
  • 24mm equivalent field of view great for street shots or landscapes
  • Premium metallic construction throughout
  • Snap focus ring with distance scale for manual focusing
  • Special all metal lens hood and cap optionally available

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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: V311020BU001
  • Lens Type: Wide-angle
  • Minimum focal length: 12
  • Maximum focal length: 12

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Product Details

Color Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.7 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00MCWSQZU
  • Item model number: V311020BU001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2014

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

This high-speed, single-focal– length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from dramatic landscapes in low- light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.

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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens (24mm equivalent)

M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens

This high-speed, single-focal– length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from dramatic landscapes in low- light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.

Customer Reviews

This lens is sharp, light, small and fast.
NCHammer
The only other prime lens for my Oly that's this good is the Panasonic 20mm (which, if you're only getting one, I'd say get the Panny since it's cheaper).
Greg
That is very expensive to be sure but well worth it if you're going to use this lens regularly.
Scott Bourne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 25, 2011
Color Name: Silver
Please be aware the lens does not come with the hood. That must be purchased separately. The picture, on this page, is a bit misleading.

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.

So if this lens is so nice, then what is the dilemma? The answer to that would be the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5. The 14mm is not in the same league as the 12mm for build quality. However, it is much smaller and cheaper. (Not that the 12mm f/2 is that big in fact it is tiny for what it is, the 14mm f/2.5 is just tiny.) If you don't need the extra Field of View (FOV) of the 12mm then the 14mm is a very good alternative. I just got back from shooting at two automotive museums and the 14mm performed admirably. It was rare I needed a wider FOV. However, for tight location shooting this thing is an absolute gem and now offers a m43 shooter a real professional alternative to a Nikon or Canon equivalent. Now it would be possible to tote the D7000 w/ 70-200mm f/2.8 and a G3 w 12mm f/2. Much lighter than another Nikon DX body with 14-24 f/2.8 or FX body with 24mm f/1.4.

Overall, if you don't know why you would need this lens over the Pani 14mm f/2.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 26, 2011
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Finally, a fast wide angle lens is here for the Micro Four Thirds system. The other two lens that can shoot at 12mm are the Olympus 9-18mm and Panasonic 7-14mm, both start at f/4.

Build quality for this lens is excellent. It is full metal with a smooth finished surface. It weighs 130g, just slightly twice that of the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens. It's also twice as tall but still smaller than the kit zoom lens. As wide angle lens go, this is as small as it can get - the beauty of the Micro Four Thirds system.

The lens doesn't come with a lens hood which you have to pay (heavily) for.

There's a 46mm filter thread, similar to the Panasonic 14mm and 20mm. I have a 2-stop ND filter that I can re-use here. Nice.

Autofocus speed is snappy and operates silently.

The focusing ring is great. It can be pulled back to go into manual focus mode instantly, and push back to go back to auto-focus - no need for menus if you're using a touchscreen camera. When it's at the back, it reveals a distance indicator. This lens can focus from 0.2m to infinity. So you can either manual focus with the distance indicator (fast), or manual focus the focus-by-wire way (slow), I prefer the former.

The optical performance is remarkable. At wide open, it's sharp at centre and corner. It's sharpest at f/2.8 though, but the difference between this and f/2 is possibly visible only at 100 per cent view. Chromatic aberration and vignetting are not really noticeable. Distortion is controlled really well, even for faces near the edge of the photo.

I'm using this lens more for landscape (typically buildings) and street shooting. The f/2 is a huge advantage when shooting inside buildings (tight spaces) where lighting is low most of the time.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By newzild on January 14, 2012
Color Name: Silver
At the time of writing this is the widest native prime lens available for the Micro Four Thirds (M43) system. With its f2 aperture (wide open), it's also the fastest lens in the wide to ultrawide category.

The M. Zuiko 12mm f2 has several features that set it apart from other M43 lenses.

Firstly, its all-metal body is stunningly attractive. Its silver finish and deep-set engraved markings help make it the best-looking M43 lens by far.

Secondly, it is unique among M43 lenses in providing for zone focusing with a depth of field scale and aperture ring. This allows the user to focus without recourse to the live view screen or viewfinder, which is handy for street and landscape photographers.

Thirdly, it is easily the most expensive prime lens in the M43 stable, with an RRP of $899 and street prices typically running $800+.

It is this third point which stops the 12mm f2.0 from being a four or five star lens, because frankly it is is not sharp enough to justify the price tag. Granted, it is fairly sharp. But is not as sharp as the $350 M. Zuiko 45mm f1.8, the $400 Panasonic 20mm f1.7 or the $550 Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 DG, all of which are brighter and considerably cheaper.

I was a little disappointed with the 12mm f2.0 out of the box because I could not achieve the sharp images I was used to getting from the 45mm f1.8, which only cost me a little more than half as much money. I discovered that only by mounting the 12mm on a tripod and stopping it down to f4 - f5.6 could I get results that were acceptably sharp across the frame. Those apertures constitute the sweet spot for this lens. It is sharpest in the centre at f4 and sharpest in the corners at f5.6. Colour rendition is very good.
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