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Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8~4 SWD

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Overall 6

Fine lens, but DON'T use with a micro four thirds camera

jackt9077, Ebay
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.
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Overall 6

Not bad, just not made for my camera

Dean, B&H Photo
25 January 2012
  • Excerpt: I have an EP-3 which is a micro 4/3 camera and this lens, is well, a 4/3. After reading many reviews about it, i decided to go to to B&H and purchase this glass along with the adaptor to fit my camera body. In the store when i mounted this lens on Olympus' DSLR's, the lens focused very quick and took great pictures under the flourescent light. When i came home i was rather displeased with how it functioned on the EP-3.
  • Pros: Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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Overall 6

Goon, not great with Panasonic AF100

E, B&H Photo
29 March 2011
  • Excerpt: The lens is sharp enough and does what I needed it to do, which is relatively good performance in low light. But its iris is clicking and there's some breathing as well. Good, but not great for video.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 6

Good yet big

Roy, B&H Photo
12 January 2010
  • Excerpt: it's pretty good but a little bit big to carry.<br />4/3 should be lightweight. hope this bulky stuff is a fixed-focus yet not.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 6

gute idee.

derpeter, Yopi
29 June 2009
  • Summary: Neu bei der E-3 ist der schwenkbare Monitor. In Verbindung mit dem schnellen AF-System lässt sich dadurch auch der Live View Modus besser nutzen, da man z. B. auch bei umgehängter Kamera von oben den Bildausschnitt kontrollieren kann. Gute Idee.
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