February 17, 2016 by Paul
Agree with others reviews
Yes a bit slow, yes a bit big, but true its a good go to lens for the beginner. Unitl I started purchaing primes this was my lens of choice.(didnt know better at the time) At the time of purchase I was really into the weatherproofing thing, it seemed I really didnt need that feature. i dont use the macro so much and really cannto tell you how it is. I can say i have used this extensively for some landscape shots. They come out ok. Just ok, nothing too sharp but its been working out fine for my publishing. if you want a good budget lens for all around, and can deal with the physical length of it. then go for it.
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January 21, 2016 by harvey
Old Faithfull
Been around for a while but still good lens to have in the kit because of the 12mm wide view. 28-100 a good general purpose range. Very sharp, fast focus, 44mm MACRO function a bonus. Weatherproofing makes it useful when you don't need more than 100mm reach. Light, compact, handles well on PEN and OMD bodies. Primes can do better, but zooms are nice when the distance changes and you can't zoom with your feet. Nobody says the photos don't look good because they do. Nice travel lens when you don't want to bring a bag of them and you know you don't; need anything longer than 100mm.
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January 11, 2016 by Paul C
My go to lens!
I love this lens and it spends most ot the itme on my EM-5. The performance is commendable. Having the 12mm for my landscpae shots is a definite plus. Never had any issues with it and is durable as well. getting a little rain onit didnt seem to affect it except for the lens getting wet and thats a simple wipe off. I wasnt to used ot the "weatherproof" aspect but it is a plus when you are troping around in the tropics where it rains frequently, I like to stay within the 30mm (MFT) range though going any further I feel like Iam stretching the capabiities. But this is a great GP lens. very satisfied with the product and will continue to use it. I am actually conseidering buying another one for my EM-10.
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January 7, 2016 by tsg
Very versatile lens
This is a very handy and versatile lens. You get a lot for your money if you are just starting out it will fill any gaps in your prime lens collection nicely. Covering 24mm - 100m 35mm equivalent focal lengths gives you very wide angle through to short telephoto. So you are set with macro, ultra wide, wide, and portrait all in one lens. The form factor is pretty good - it's light, fairly small although a tad on the long side. It's a little soft, but you can't expect a lens that does so much to be razor sharp. Good for video as well as photos. I prefer to shoot wide angle and have some very nice wide angle Olympus primes, but this lens is my go to when I need to shoot macro, portraits or video..
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July 14, 2015 by Michael
decent all around
Like most of the reviews have stated, the lens is a tad slow, with a max aperture of f/6.3 on the long end. It doesn't really bother me though, since I tend to mostly shoot landscapes at f/8 anyways. It's versatile, and the macro mode comes in handy once in a while. What bothered me the most is the lack of a true manual focus, when you flick the ring to manual focus mode, it's actually focus by wire, with no distance markers. So it's not useful for the star photography that I like to do once in a while. But it's not a big deal since you'd probably want a faster lens for that anyways.
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