Reviews and Problems with Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm F2.8~4 SWD
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Wildlife Nut, B&H Photo
26 August 2013
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.
Don't use this lens with your Olympus OMD E-M5 camera
Jack A. Taylor, Amazon
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.
Good lens but a bit of a downgrade from the 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5
Patrick Ormerod, Amazon
21 April 2012
Summary: As with all Olympus lenses this one is an exceptional lens. My complaint isn't necessarily with the performance of the lens but with the downgrade in performance Olympus designed into the lens when comparing it to the lens it replaced (14-54mm f/2.8-3.5). This lens replaced a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 that got damaged and I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the fixed aperture of the Sigma lens until it was gone.
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use with my Panasonic AG-AF100 thru MMF-2 Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapter. Initially I was worried because there is no recommendation on Panasonic website but the lens is very nice and the iris works correctly. Only autofocus doesn't work but I didn't use this function.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
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 reason I take one star away is suggested as below: For smaller cameras E-5xx, E-4xx, and E-6xx, you may not be able to use the internal flash at 12mm end with hood since the size of this lense will block some of the flash light causing some shadow in photos. Design problem or body's limitation? The quality is great and much better than the kit lense when comparing my own 14-42mm, 40-150mm, and 70-300mm. It is close to the 50mm.