Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8~4 SWD
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 9
Build quality 9
21 March 2010
Conclusion: Olympus were in a unique position when entering the digital SLR market; with no legacy 35mm autofocus mount, they were free (or depending upon your point of view, forced) to design a whole new system from scratch. Their chosen solution was to use a relatively small sensor size coupled with highly telecentric lenses, and their subsequent marketing has tended to emphasize the potential size and weight advantage of the E system.
Pros: Very useful wideangle to telephoto range, Superb optics, Excellent build quality, dust and splash-proof, Impressive resistance to flare, Decent macro performance
Cons: Pronounced and complex distortion at wideangle, Slightly sub-par lens hood, Shadowing of built-in flash at wideangle on smaller bodies, Expensive
Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Review / Test Report
4 April 2014
Conclusion: Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses have quite a reputation - they're supposed to be among the best out there and the 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD is a surely a worthy representative matching the high expectations. It produces very sharp and contrasty images throughout the range. Vignetting, distortions and lateral chromatic aberrations (CAs) are all well controlled for a standard zoom lens. The quality of the bokeh could be a little better maybe.