August 8, 2019 by David
I owned the 12-40 and 40-150 mm PRO lenses, so hesitated to add to the collection, but was persuaded by its obvious popularity. Its first trip, to the Norfolk Botanical Garden's holiday light show and the Outer Banks, led to going along within months to Paris and Tokyo (cherry blossoms), where it proved talented at interiors, HDR, and panoramas. Long hand-held exposures were productive. I had gotten accustomed to high image quality from Olympus zoom lenses, starting with a remarkable 35-100 mm lens from the four-thirds system. The 12-100 lens appeared comparable to my other lenses and definitely added a bit more image stabilization to my O-MD E-M1II. So carrying only one lens, I felt unburdened, especially in Tokyo and Kyoto, where cherry blossoms attracted huge lenses. The compactness paid off once again on a several-day garden tour in the Philadelphia area, where more, or larger equipment would not have fit on a crowded bus, and a tripod forbidden.
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July 22, 2019 by Paul
Excellent Lens
I was skeptical about the image quality of a zoom lens with this range. My fears were groundless. The sharpness and contrast are exceptional. We are going on a five week trip to Japan and I am going to use this as my walk around lens. The 12-40 is going to my wife. This is a superbly designed and crafted lens.
June 13, 2019 by John
I like it...
I just made the switch from Canon to Olympus. I looked long and hard at how to best spend my limited resources on something versatile while giving me the best bang for my buck. The 12-100 mm f4 is just that. This lens gives me the equivalent of a 24-200 mm which pretty well puts a check mark in most boxes. Decent for landscapes, great for portraits and quite impressive for everything in between.
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May 20, 2019 by Renee
Wonderful very happy
Absolutely wonderful lens ,a little bit heavy ,but it is worth it sharp !
August 14, 2018 by Jeffrey
Not Worth The Money!!
I read a lot of reviews on this lens, and was so hopeful, even though leery of the extremely high price tag, to try it out. I purchased the lens last month, and have used it nearly everyday now in all types of situations, from city architecture to nature, to indoors, to sporting events. What I will say is the lens is OK. Pluses would be the nice zoom range from 12-100MM, and the additional IS within the lens. That said, I noticed absolutely no difference when shooting low lit scenes handheld if I had the IS turned on or off in terms of usable photos at slower speeds. The other pro is this comes with a hood, and a nice and smooth lockig hood at that. The other plus is the ease of going from auto to manual focus right on the body of the lens via sliding a collar up or down. The cons though are extreme. Purple fringing is TERRIBLE. barrel distortion between 12-25MM is TERRIBLE. It is very soft at the corners in all but F8 and F11, which is not what any review I read said. So, to me if I am paying $1200 for a PRO grade lens, I want to get that much more for my money. This is a highly overrated lens in my opinion, and frankly I am sorry I spent this kind of money on it as opposed to buying the 75MM F1.8 and another lens. It is pretty on the outside, but unless you shoot between 35-85MM and in bright light, it is definitely a bust.
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