October 31, 2015 by KAR
If you can take only one lens with you, take this one
Covering the range from 24 to 120mm (in 35mm terms), this lens gives you everything you need when you have to go it with just one. The lens is sharp throughout the range, offers close focus when you need it, focuses quickly and offers good sharpness wide open. There is nothing else in the FT, MFT lens stable currently that covers this range. Introduced with the E-3, it balances perfectly on this camera. On lighter cameras, the E-410 for example, (which is nearly the same size as the E-M1 but lighter) it feels nose heavy, so use on the newer cameras may require a grip for best feel and handling.
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May 15, 2015 by Maureen
Phenomenal lens
I have had this lens for about a year, and it is the best purchase I have ever made! It is my "go to" lens and I use it for 50% or more of my shooting. This is a high end lens that should be in everybody's camera bag! It has an excellent zoom range for most purposes and when paired with the 50-200 mm, completes my collection. I would recommend this lens to everybody!
May 5, 2015 by John
Great lens for OM-D E-M1
I purchased this lens before the 12-40mm lens was released to have a walk around lens for my OM-D E-M1. The zoom range and f- stop combination is ideal for most of my photography, landscapes and informal portraits. The one star reduction is for autofocus. At the wide end the lens-body combination sometimes has trouble autofocusing on the subject and I have to zoom the lens, autofocus and then zoom back to wide angle or switch to manual focus. Sharpness and color are excellent. I have both the 12-40mm and 12-60 mm lenses, but the 12-60mm is the one that stays on my M1. Another advantage if you are traveling light is that both the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters fit the lens.
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December 12, 2013 by Jerry
I have had this ED 12-60 f/2.8-4.0 SWD lens for over four months now, and use it mainly on an E-5, but also on an E-500. This lens works great on these two bodies; focus is extremely fast on the E-5, due to the SWD feature, but focus is also really good on the E-500… just not quite as fast, and not very often it will miss locking into focus. The lens is just a super “All Around Lens”, letting you shoot so many scenes; everything from Ultra Wide, Standard, Short Telephoto. I use it on my E-5 almost all the time. The weight is slightly more, at about 570 g, compared to about 270 g for my 14-45 lens, or 480 g for my 11-22; but the 12-60 lens is not too heavy, and feels balanced and comfortable to hold with the E-5 and Evolt-500. On the new E-M5 it feels a little “lens-heavy”, due to the lighter weight of the E-M5, so I don’t use that combo very often; besides, I have their 12-50mm M4/3 lens for the E-M5. The 12-60mm is a great choice! I recommend it highly.
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April 11, 2012 by A.D.
Must of Olympus Evolt owner
Fast, top notch built quality, good size, sharp.... there is nothing bad to say about this lens. Anyone has E-series should get this lens.
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