A Hot Spot Lens in the
Classic Four-Thirds Lens Lineup
The Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD Zuiko Zoom Lens is a high-performance digital specific standard zoom lens that provides the ideal focal length for general purpose use. It offers an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 24-120mm.
The lens' autofocus is powered by Olympus' innovative SWD focusing technology. SWD combines different technologies to provide both high speed and high precision autofocusing, while allowing the lens to be operated with lower noise than before. Optimized for use with the new E-3, this lens enables the camera to demonstrate the full power of its high-speed capability, providing extremely fast focusing.
Special optical glass elements are used to correct various types of aberrations,
while the 100% digital design ensures high-definition performance with clear,
crisp images from edge to edge. This lens also boasts impressive close-up
shooting capability, allowing users to shoot from as close as 9.8" throughout
the entire zoom range.
Supersonic Wave Drive Technology
SWD technology has enabled an ultra-fast, whisper-quiet, high-precision AF system. Two compact, high-powered SWD devices power autofocus at an ultra-high speed by exciting unique elliptical oscillations, while an ultra-compact 5.3mm x 4.3mm optical encoder detects and controls the lens drive position using direct rotation detection without reduction gear. This enables it to achieve a level of precision that's accurate to 5 microns (5/1000 mm). When used in combination with the new E-3, which offers improved AF computation and lens-body communication rates, the SWD motors provide the fastest focusing speed of approximately 170 ms (0.17 seconds).
High Optical Quality
Features 1 Super ED lens element, 2 ED elements, 1 Aspherical ED element, and 2 Aspherical elements, to correct for various types of aberrations.
Internal Focus system makes focusing smoother and faster.
Phenomenal little standard zoom, January 9, 2010
By MEDISIN (North Carolina, USA)
After 9 months of steady use I have to say this is the best zoom lens I've shot with. If you're a 4/3 user at some point you need to try out this lens! This and the 50-200 SWD plus the 50mm macro are in my opinion "must-haves" for any 4/3 shooter. Solid, built like a tank, weather sealed to keep the elements out and such FAST focusing. I shot with the original Mk1 14-54mm which is a good lens but sat on the shelf once the 12-60 arrived.
My only complaints (minor really): bokeh is not as good as the 70-300mm, 50mm or 50-200mm but to be honest I don't use the 12-60 for "close-ups" or macro-like work so not a real issue. Also the lens might feel too big on the smaller body cameras. I can speak for the E-500 - tends to make it very front heavy. On the E-30 and E-1 it feels perfect! There is some barrel distortion at the 12mm end which only seems to affect people's faces near the margins of the photo. I just zoom in to 14mm for these types of shots and the barreling disappears. And finally, when extended out to 60mm it looks a bit...phallic if you will. All small complaints, none of which take away from the brilliant images this lens produces.
Do yourself a favor and at least try one out on your 4/3 camera. You'll start saving your pennies right away!