It’s Prime Time! In that title I’m referring to my almost exclusive use of the M.Zuiko µ4/3 prime lenses in my everyday shooting. I will spend the next few blog posts writing about each one of the primes that I use and how I feel they are a benefit to my photography. I will cover not only the pros, but also the cons, though admittedly there aren’t too many cons. So let’s start at the wide end with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f2.
The Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 is what I would consider a wide angle lens, which covers the same field of view as a 24mm lens on a 35mm full frame system. There are certainly much wider offerings for µ4/3, but not a single prime is wider unless you pick a fisheye.
I use the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f2 in my photography for a surprising number of things. As of late its primary use has been in astrophotography and night time landscape shooting where the f/2 aperture makes shooting star filled skies a treat. It allows me to get a very wide open aperture, which gathers a lot of light where I don’t have to keep the shutter open too long. This is important when shooting stars because once you get around the 30 second mark in your exposure the movement of the earth causes the stars to blur.
Another feature I really get a lot of use out of is the manual focus ring on this lens. The M.Zuiko 12mm has a ring that you can slide back exposing a distance scale for manual focusing. It also automatically puts the camera into manual focus mode! Again, handy for my nightime shooting or even during the day when I want to pre-focus on a subject or establish hyperfocal settings. If you take a look at the product photo above you can see the focus ring and scale I am referring to.
Not So Great
My biggest gripe with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f2 is the lack of weather sealing. I don’t often venture out in inclement weather, but I pursue the occasional severe weather system in hopes of getting some shots or like to be at the waters edge when waves are breaking. When those days come along I am forced to either shoot from inside my car or rig up some sort of protective covering for the lens. This might not be something that everyone will find a problem with, but for me it can be. My other complaint is like many of the Olympus µ4/3 lenses it does not come with a lens hood. With a lens this wide a hood is a good idea. I like lens flare as much as the next hipster, but I like it when I control it.
The Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f2 is an awesome landscape photography lens that also has merit in shooting indoor events thanks to it’s f/2 aperture and wide field of view. I will not hesitate to recommend this lens to anyone looking to add some speed and width to their collection.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras
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