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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro Review

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro Buyers Guide

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro comes with a compact zoom for those who love Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro

This lens has a powerful macro capability, weather protection, and great optical performance.

PROS

  • It has great optics
  • The lens is compact and all-weather build
  • It comes with a 1:4 macro magnification
  • It is built with a metal exterior
  • The lens is designed for minimal focus breathing

CONS

  • The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 not stabilized
  • It is not as bright as F2.8 zooms
  • The 12-45mm F4 omits  the manual focus clutch

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro Features

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 is the lowest cost, lightest, and smallest lens in the Olympus series. The lens comes with well built Micro Four Thirds system.

From building quality images, size and imaging functionalities, it does not disappoint.  It comes at an affordable rate, making it a delight to most photographers.

The Compact Standard Zoom

The lens covers the same standard angle as the 24-90mm on a full-frame sensor. What this means is that the zoom spends more time of your lens on the camera.

The lens adds 9 ounces to a camera and measures 2.8 by 2.5 inches (HD). The 12-45mm F4 includes a petal style lens hood that is reversible and supports the 58mm front filters.

The lens has a splash and dust protection without an official IP rating.  However, it survives heavy downpour when you pair it with an E-M1 or E-M5 series body.

The zoom ring of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 occupies much space of the barrel and comes with a textured and knurled metal finish.  The ring can take a 90-degree turn to adjust from 12 to 45mm.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro

The autofocus is silent, speedy, and not stabilized. However, Olympus added an effect, it called the focus breathing in the angle of view at the wide end.

This means that when the lens is used for shots, the videographers wouldn’t have to worry about the plane of focus changing because of the change in its framing.

What You Should Know about Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 is pricier, larger, and provides a class-leading stabilization when you pair it with Mark III or E-M1 Mark II.

The 12-45mm F4 focuses close to about 4.7 inches from its sensor plane and great for its 1:4 macro reproduction, if you zoom all the way in.

At 12mm f/4, the lens provides an excellent result of 2,440 lines on the center-weighted evaluation. The image quality is stunning at its maximum 45mm zoom setting.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 offers 2,505 lines at f/4, and it improves its capability to 2,715 lines at f/5.6.  At f/8 to f/11, it settles around 2,350 lines.

You can make use of f/16 (1,870 lines) and f/22 (1,275 lines) for some of your shots. The Lightroom-processed Raw pictures or JPG image do not display signs of distortion.

The illumination is good even when you look at it from its center to corner. You only find a fade vignette visible when you shot your images at 12mm f/4.

The optics is an f/4 design and captures about half of the light as a lens that come with an f/2.8 aperture.

 What you need to do is push the camera ISO a bit higher when you work in dim light vs the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro

Photographers who make use of the Micro Four Thirds camera system can make use of different lens. We have many lens options to select from on the market.

However, for those who want to upgrade their start zoom, it may be hard to beat what the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 offers.

The lens comes with better angle coverage and premium finish and fit that most people look at for when shooting.

For those who want a better camera at the price of the 12-45mm F4, it may hard to get one with its features and capabilities.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 is one of the finest lenses you can think in this range. We have seen many lenses in this range, but this is one of the finest of them.

 

 

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