Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro Reviews

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Field review: The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 IS Pro goes to Oz

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 Pro IS is a solid option for travel and generalist photographers using the Micro Four Thirds system. It doesn't grant you the blurriest backgrounds nor the most compact dimensions available among other Olympus lenses, but it's well-built, offers excellent stabilization and gives a great zoom range to match almost any situation you find yourself in.
Pros: 
  • Travel and generalist photography, including landscape and architecture work.
Cons: 
  • Situations where you need a fast aperture as well as a fast shutter speed to freeze the action, as in low-light sports imagery
1 year ago

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO Review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO delivers top-notch optical performance at all but its widest angle, making it one of the best long zoom lenses we've tested.
Usually a zoom lens with a big coverage range goes hand in hand with a bunch of caveats and compromises. Olympus aims to change that notion with the M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO, a premium $1,300 lens that starts at a very wide angle and zooms to snap telephoto images. It's not optically perfect—there are some drawbacks when you shoot at 12mm—but it makes a lot fewer compromises than other lenses that cover a similar range. Micro Four Thirds owners shopping for a long zoom for travel and to minimize lens changes should take a really close look at the 12-100mm PRO, an Editors' Choice. Design The 12-100mm ($1,299.00 at Amazon) measures 4.6 by 3.1 inches (HD), weighs 1.2 pounds, and supports 72mm front filters. It's a big lens—it about doubles in height when zoomed to 100mm—so it's not a great fit if you own a small camera. I used the lens with one of the larger Micro Four Thirds bodies, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and found that it balanced quite well. I imagine it would also ...
Pros: 
  • 8.3x zoom with constant aperture
  • Crisp optics
  • 1:3 macro capability
  • Protected from dust and splashes
  • Distortion controlled through most of zoom range
  • Manual focus clutch
  • Strong image stabilization
Cons: 
  • Distortion, edge softness, and dim corners at 12mm
  • Bulky
  • Pricey
4 years ago

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