Andrew Alexander has just tested the newly released Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens (Amazon/ B&H/ Adorama) and posted a full review at the imaging-resource. This new lens does quite well in the fild of all-in-one zooms.
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably already made up your own mind about this lens: either it’s not as amazing as you want it to be for an all-in-one lens, or it’s fine for the purpose you have in mind for it. In the field of all-in-one zooms, it actually does quite well. We’ve seen our fair share of superzoom lenses with some glaring issues, and while no superzoom lens is going to rival a bag of prime lenses, the Olympus 12-200mm performs very well. Although sharpness is decent at brighter apertures, performance is best around f/8 until f/11, so if you’re shooting outside in plenty of sun, your shooting experience is going to be fine. Indoor use is going to suffer with this lens if you need to zoom in at all, as you’ll need to make up the shortfall in light given the restricted aperture with a corresponding increase in ISO sensitivity or a slower shutter speed.
The Olympus 12-200mm is probably in the right ballpark for price: if it exceeded the thousand-dollar price point you might see eyebrows raised a bit higher, but at just around $900, it’s probably just right for what it offers.
Below are some sample images. Just enjoy!
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- Micro Four Thirds System
- 24-400mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3
- Three Aspherical Elements
- Three HR Elements, Four ED Elements
- ZERO Coating
- Movie & Still Compatible AF System
- Weather-Resistant Construction
- Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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