August 26, 2014
James Guilebeau, I'm sorry, but you are ignorant. The Angenieux 12-120mm lens starts off at a "normal" focal length, depending on the camera. It's much tougher to design good lenses on the wider side. If it were that easy, Canon, Nikon, and Sony would all have lenses in that focal length, but none do. Moreover, the 4K camera comment is almost as ridiculous, as the bodies are currently more expensive than even the OM-D E-M1 with this lens together, so you're really barking up the wrong tree.
This lens is 382g and together with the M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II, which weighs 423g, is exactly the same together as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II at 805g. The Angenieux is something like 1kg and then you still have aperture control issues.
In any case, this lens is fast to focus and solidly made. It's my standard walk around lens on my PEN E-P5. This along with the 75-300mm makes for a wonderful combo to keep in my bag to catch almost anything on a trip. For the pixel peepers, it's not quite as good as my Canon lens, but it's almost 3 times the price, too, and won't cramp my neck or shoulders.
August 25, 2014
I took an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and this lens to go to three countries in Africa in April, the system was awesome, and the weatherproofing turned out to be essential.
I fully agree with the super high build quality combined with the great image quality mentioned below. The compact size was perfect for travel, and not having to worry about dropping everything in to zip lock storage bags when rain hit was perfect.
August 06, 2014
I fail to see why Angenieux in 1968 could make a 12-120 at F2.2 why you can't make a faster zoom that's f2.8 especially with all the new glass and aspheric elements and fast computers. If this new lens is motorized with controls for zoom speed, start and stop, wireless of course, will the pic move around or are the elements in their machined mounting precision enough where the pic will not move around when zoomed? I will not buy another Olympus camera until they shoot 4K video. Hope you got the message. James Guilebeau
July 27, 2014
This lens is a revelation. Super high build quality combined with excellent image quality make it one of the best lenses I've used. I love it's close focusing ability combined with the E-M1's image stabilization make it very useful for close up work. The lens hood attaches firmly. The center pinch lens cap works very well. Despite it's relatively high price, I would say this lens is a very good value.
March 22, 2014
I bought this as a first lens to go with my new OMD EM-1 camera. The lens is solid and definitely a quality product. It seems to be a good choice as a general purpose lens for the EM1, although I am already eyeing a couple of the fixed focal length Olympus lenses in order to have a lighter and more compact package. Since this was my first micro 4:3 camera, I have nothing to compare it to, but so far I am delighted with its low-light capabilities, the extraordinarily fast focus, and the useful zoom range.