Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ED - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images

Here're a few sample images taken with the GF-1 and RAW-converted via Photoshop.

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/200s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/60s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1600s

Verdict

Upon first contact you will fall immediately in love with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ED. The mechanical implementation is fantastic and matches e.g. the Zeiss ZM or Voigtländer VM series. The new "snapshot focus" design for switching between AF and manual focusing is nicely executed and a joy to use although the lens does still rely on the usual focus-by-wire under the hood. Movie enthusiasts will also appreciate the fast and silent operation of the new "MSC" AF.

The optical quality of the M.Zuiko is impressive. The lens is extremely sharp in the center zone whereas the border/corner resolution is generally very good. A highlight is the snappy contrast and the good resistance against flare in back-light - possibly a side-effect of the new ZERO coating. The distortion level is fine from a user perspective but technically it relies on a quite drastic amount of auto-correction by the system or a RAW-converter. There's quite some light fall-off in the corners at max. aperture but the vignetting isn't relevant anymore from f/2.8 onward. If you explore the creative options of the large max. aperture in close focus situation you can produce some degree of object isolation via a shallow depth-of-field. The quality of the bokeh is decent in this case - at least for such a wide lens.

Although the M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ED may not be perfect there's much to like about this new little Olympus lens. However, the pricing is a little too steep in our opinion.

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