Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8~4 SWD
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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.
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.
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.
Great constructive, image quality, accurate, fast and quiet AF. Very GOOD!
8 August 2012
Summary: I have in my arsenal Panasonic DMC-L10 with KIT lens Leica 14-50 mm f/3.8-5.6. The lens is good and the design and color. But the luminosity is weak. For a long time and a lot of reading reviews, articles and forums, I purchased a wide angle lens OZ 11-22 f/2.8, but considering the possibility of OZ 12-60 mm, made a firm decision that this lens is more versatile, and he was right.
Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Digital review by dda
18 July 2011
Summary: I sold my Olympus gear and went over to the Nikon side - two things I miss however : my 12-60 and my 50-200. Both lenses were perfect ... If it wasn't for their SLRs, I would still be with Olympus. The lens quality is just ... awesome.
Summary: I bought this lens to use with my Panasonic AF100, so my thoughts are a bit slanted, based on that. It is a still lens, so it has its limitations for video. That said, as a variable prime lens, it has an excellent focal range for video and is fast enough to deal with most lighting situations. It does however have a clicking noise when changing f-stops and also a tendency to close down beyond the point you might like your stop to be when zooming.
Summary: The best part of this lens is that it focuses so much faster that the other Zuiko lenses I have, plus it works well in lower light situations but the trade off for the great quality comes in the size and weight, but i just love this lens for all it can do, so i put up with the increase in weight, Oh did I mention Macro capability, this lens is great. This lens could spoil you so bad you won't want to by anything that doesn't have the SWD focusing capabilities.