Very nice expensive wide angle micro four thirds lens
31 August 2013
Summary: This is a great wide angle 24mm equivalent lens for micro four thirds. This lens is perfect for those who like to only shoot prime lenses and are looking for a sharp wide angle lens. I owned this lens but eventually sold it when I replaced it with the 12-35mm panasonic zoom. The reason why I eventually sold it and why I can only give it 4 starts instead of 5 stars is because the lens, I believe, is really overpriced. - Does it give you great images? Yes.
Summary: I recently purchased this lens from Amazon as I was looking for a wide angle lens, suitable for landscape and low light with bright aperture and of high quality glass. The Oly 12mm f2.0 lens is the one considering you accept the fact that this is a single focal length. Pros: - lens produces sharp images - great color and focus rendering - well built lens, all metal - great design and nice to look at especially when fit with the Olympus OMD - fast auto focus - great for...
Summary: The best 24mm lens(in 35mm format)with high image quality and construction. At f/2, it is possible to shot handheld in the night. However, the lens is considered expensive. If you are a zoom lens fan goes Lumix 12-35/2.8 or 14/2.5 for much more economic choice.
Excerpt: 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!
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Summary: I have taken a number of really NICE shots with this little bugger ... some should be in the Gallery if you want to check them out. Or go to 500px.com/Kawhona to check out a variety of shots done with my E5. Complaints hey yes for a lens of this price you should get a hood and a little bag. Olympus brass are being cheapsakes but, hey they are selling them so why take the margin hit.
Summary: Metal construction, fast maximum aperture, snap ring for manual focus, great focus feel, zone focusing, and my favourite focal length. Not surprisingly I use this lens a lot. Optically it is not quite the star that the 45 is, with some vignetting, and a trace of soft corners wide open, quite high levels of distortion, and only very good, as opposed to stellar, resolution. However, all these need to be taken in context: it is still very good indeed.
Excerpt: As everyone else has said, this is a fantastic lens. However, I have a really hard time with a lens in this price range with no black option, no hood, and no lens bag. I know those are minor issues, but issues worth mentioning since they do add another $50 or so to an already pricey lens. The Leica M43 lenses both come with bags and hoods. Personally, I hate having to use generic hoods. I would greatly prefer a hood designed expressly for the lens I'm using.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a well made lens that works well on my Panasonic GF1. I enjoy the compact structure, sharp results and fast AF. Manual focusing is also very smooth and responsive. I'm a little disappointed that Olympus skimped out on a lens bag and hood. I'd expect that from a lens in this price range.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Summary: I have been comparing the Panasonic 14mm 2.5 with the Olympus 12mm and I find the results of the 14mm the same. A professional reviewer (slrgear) agrees that in the center they are as sharp. Corners are better on the 12mm in that review. But the Panasonic is a third the price.