Olympus 12mm f/2.0

Focusing distance: 20cm / 7.9in
Magnification: 0.08x
Filter size: 46mm
Lens size: ø56mm x 43mm / ø22in x 16.9in
Weight: 130g / 4.6oz
Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups

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Registered: Feb 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 127
Is this lens awesome? YES!
Price: $699 for a new one
Sharpness: 10
Bokeh: 10
Autofocus: 10
Aberrations: 10
After switching from Olympus to Panasonic Bodies I sold most of my Olympus lenses since there are some compatibilty issues between Olympus lenses and Panasonic bodies like DFD focus and double IS. The only remaining Olympus lens is the 12mm 2.0 because it is so good in quality and handling. Even that the silver version doesn't look nice on a my black GX9, I will keep this gem. One main field of use is taking pictures and movies from fireworks, no flare issues and easy to use manual focus. I didn't consider the black version because I'm not sure if it's just coated or fully black material.
Registered: Jan 2010
Location: Latvia
Posts: 1192
Is this lens awesome? YES!
Price: $700 for a used one
Sharpness: 9
Bokeh: 10
Autofocus: 10
Aberrations: 9
Handling: 9
Value: 7
This has been my main lens since the day I bought it. I have used it for everything, from shooting parties indoors to aurora borealis.

It is excellent in basically every way - sharpness, bokeh (what you can get out of a wide angle), no chromatic aberration, small, easy to use.

There are only two issues:

1. There is a fair amount of barrel distortion, and it can be seen not only at extreme edges

2. The infinity mark on the scale is wrong. In that part its already beyond infinty, actual infinity is right in the middle between the "3" and infinity markings. This actually ruined my first aurora borealis shoot, so be sure the learn the ins and outs of your lens before shooting.

Also, and this is a personal preferrence - I would have much preferred if Olympus had, instead of giving us a full metal version, given us a cheap plastic version like the 45mm f/1.8, and costing the same. It would make this purchase easier to justify.
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