Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8~4 SWD
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Excellent Lens, highly recommended, top quality.
Hubert K., Amazon
26 January 2014
Summary: Pricey, however good quality and workmanship justifies cost! I am very satisfied with this lens, have taken about 300 pictures so far, does everything I want it to do. Clarity is excellent at all zoom levels. Installed UV Filter on it, more for protecting the lens itself than for any other reason. Would recommend this lens to anybody. Has fast focus capability, little on the heavy side, but manageable. All in all, this is my third lens from Zuiko.
Total professional quality. I'll never need to upgrade in this focal range!
6 December 2013
Summary: I shoot mostly nature video w/Panasonic GH3. First of all, this is a supremely sharp lens, throughout the zoom. It's built really well, is rather heavy (which I like) and has become my be-all lens in this focal length range. My only wish is it would sprout image stabilization. That said, it is an Olympus and though I'd never own an Oly for video, I like that their cameras have the stabilization in-camera. Boo points for Panasonic on that one.
Excerpt: Got this lens to document my daughter, who was born this year (informal snapshots). Great lens that has become the default lens on my camera. A bit heavy/bulky, but the image quality more than makes up for it (and is to be expected in great glass). The only negative that I noticed is it reached F4.0 rather quickly as you zoom (you hit F3.7 at 35mm). This prompted me to give it 4 stars instead of 5, but all in all I would recommend this lens all day long.
Summary: I wanted a faster lens than the kit lens and the quality of the Zuiko 12-60mm is widely recognized. It also has fast SWD focus which the kit lens lacked. My experience with this lens has been great it does almost everything I want with only a little bit of distortion at the wide end and it's easily correctable in post processing. The range both of focus and focal range will cover 90+ percent of what I want to shoot. If I only have room to take one lens this is it.
Fine lens, but DON'T use with a micro four thirds camera
13 May 2013
Summary: Typical of Olympus cameras and lenses, the 12-60mm is a fine lens. However, don't buy it for your MICRO four thirds camera. I bought an adaptor to make it fit my Olympus OMD E-M5 and soon found out that the automatic focus noisily seeks the subject, and most of the time can't find it, or takes forever to find it. I tried the 12-60 on another micro four thirds camera - a Panasonic GF1. Automatic focus didn't work at all: The GF1 defaulted to manual focus.
Excerpt: Typical of Olympus cameras and lenses, the 12-60mm is a fine lens. However, don't buy it for your MICRO four thirds camera. I bought an adaptor to make it fit my Olympus OMD E-M5 and soon found out that the automatic focus noisily seeks the subject, and most of the time can't find it, or takes forever to find it. I tried the 12-60 on another micro four thirds camera - a Panasonic GF1. Automatic focus didn't work at all: The GF1 defaulted to manual focus.
Excerpt: I've had the lens a few weeks. Am more than pleased with it. I have been doing a lot of indoor low-light work in churches with low illumination. Photos have been clear and sharp with minimal noise. Results outdoors have been equally good. <br /><br />The lens is certainly heavier than the kit lenses but that little bit of extra weight is not noticeable after about ten minutes.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Summary: It is a remarkably versital lens with impressive specifications. It performs beyond my expectations. I especially like wide-angle capability. Quality is great and price was very reasonable on e-Bay.