Best Olympus Prime Lens- I got a great copy for around $500 !
10 February 2014
Summary: Everybody shooting mfts cameras want fast and wide, and this is the best prime made by Olympus. I was able to shoot without flash at an indoor super bowl party at ISO 800 and 1/10 of a second(shutter priority) with no blur with my EP3. When you combine f2 and IBIS, the EP3 is fantastic. I can't even do this with an f1.4 lens on me Nikon D700(without kicking up the ISO to 1600). I wish Nikon would put IBIS in an upgrade(Maybe 24megapixels)to the D700.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: I use this in a trio with the Panasonic 20mm and the Olympus 45mm. It is far away my favorite lens (admittedly, it should be at this price!). I find it renders with just the right amount of character, and it's a perfect 24mm equivalent. It also looks great with the optional metal lens cap, making the entire camera look like a work of art.
Summary: Good price on a hard to find item. My only complaint is it took longer to get than I thought because I paid for expedited service. Although that may be more the fault of the US Postal Service than the vendor. Overall, a good experience and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Summary: I've used it to take pictures in some events with several opportunities along with my 75mm 1.8 and this lens provides excellent results not only in landscapes, its natural usage, but also in close group people pictures taken at short distance. For a better end result I also use a perspective correction software (DxO) that makes very good corrections in the geometric distortion of elements located in the perimeter of the picture.
Summary: I've been incredibly pleased with this lens. Using it on my Olympus OM-D EM-5. It's been much more versatile than I had envisioned, and I find myself leaving this on the camera most of the time. The AF is fast, and the image quality has been superb. For the time being, I don't feel the need for a wider lens, because the 12mm is usually enough and I'm not aware of better image quality in the wider lenses currently available for the 4/3 platform.
Summary: I recently purchased this lens (from a different store) and when I compared it with my Olympus 9-18mm I found that at 12mm and the same aperture the 9-18mm was sharper and had better contrast. At f/2 it was very disappointing, so the advantage of the added speed was mitigated when compared to my 9-18mm. In looking around the internet I found that there were a number of people who got poor copies and exchanged their lenses with good results.
Good indoor wide, not so good outdoors...update...
A. C. Williamson, Amazon
19 September 2013
Summary: I purchased this 12mm Black from Japanese Select Shop. Received Sept 13. Tested Sept 18 on my New E-P5 Olympus and the lens quality ios poor, soft-soft borders and center looks soft as well...I tried the 12-35 Panasonic as well same photos and it was much sharper across the frame...this is poor quality control or a poor copy of the lens...Japanese Select Shop has agreed to allow the lens to be returned and refund my money...thanks...