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M. Zuiko Digital ED 12m f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent): This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator. The Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) mechanism utilizes nearly "silent" focusing technology. It is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.
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This is not exactly the cheapest lens in the M4/3 lineup, but any M4/3 user looking to go wider than 28mm (35mm equivalent) should definitely consider this lens. The pictures produced by this lens are equally contrasty and punchy compared to those produced by my top-of-the-line fast wide-angle zoom lens for my APS-C system, while giving better corner-to-corner sharpness wide open. I have not used other M4/3 wide and ultrawide zooms before, but I believe that it would be difficult for a zoom lens to achieve a similar level of image quality.
Got the Olympus 12mm f/2 lens for M4/3 mount about a week ago and have had a chance to play with it a bit. Many people like me use the micro four-thirds cameras with old 35mm manual-focus film lenses adapted to them, which, based on the field of view you get, effectively multiplies the focal length of the lens by two (a 50mm lens gives a field of view like a 100mm in 35mm equivalent). This can work very well, but the limitation to that kind of setup is in getting a fast ultra-wide angle that's of any real quality, particularly wide open. This Olympus lens is the answer and fills the void. It's pricey, but it's all the wide I need at a 24mm equivalent field of view. At f/2, it's fast enough to shoot in very low light hand-held. I shot with it at f/2 to see how it does, and this lens is a VERY good performer wide open. I'll post a few examples wide open from a quick walkaround. Auto focus is nearly silent, fast, and accurate. In very low light, you may be better focusing manually (if you know what you're doing) because it can be made to hunt. Manual focus mode, which you get by pulling a ring back on the lens (I also switch my camera to MF because I don't want the viewfinder image magnified), feels good -- almost but not quite like using an old manual lens. But it is very close. There is a very slight amount of play before the manual focus catches, and I contacted Olympus to make sure that's normal. They were very helpful and told me their brand-new copy of the lens had that same approximately 1/16" of play mine does when turning the manual focus ring in different directions. As I say, though, focusing manually has very solid feel and is effective to use. There's not much wrong with this lens, and I'll tell you it's something of a marvel. There are a few gripes I'll give you; shooting with the lens in bright sun, flare is very well controlled but you can encounter situations where a lens hood would improve image quality and keep glare off the lens. The shade Olympus has for this lens, LH-48, is tough to come by/unavailable and should have just been included at this price point. The right aftermarket alternative is probably a better bet -- but be very careful what you use, because the wrong hood will definitely cause vignetting. Get a step-up ring from 46mm to a larger filter size because just about any 46mm-filter-thread hood you screw on is going to cause some vignetting and won't be wide enough for this puppy. A lens pouch would have been nice to include, too, but it isn't. In terms of overall build quality, the lens doesn't feel quite as substantial or solid as high-quality old 35mm manual focus lenses do...it's a bit lighter and feels more "hollow." But it's pretty close and does feel great, as I say, particularly compared to most plasticy lenses these days. This one's pro quality, but don't romp on it. There are alternatives, but this lens has the light-gathering speed available-light photographers need and seems to be a very solid performer (very sharp and contrasty from wide open; out-of-focus area rendering superb; excellent control of lateral color fringing; focuses close enough for good versatility) that make it pretty much *THE* lens to have if looking for this focal length for the pro or serious enthusiast using M4/3.