Setting a new benchmark for miniaturisation. Olympus' award winning M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED series lenses have secured another first in the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 prime lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. Feeling solid in the palm and beautifully made thanks to an all-metal casing, this long-awaited optic delivers not only a fast aperture to make the most of available light but also an ultra wide 24mm equivalent performance in 35mm film terms. It's compact too and will easily slot into any trouser or jacket pocket.
Apart, these details would make the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 a superb companion for street photography; together they make it an unbeatable option for PEN users.
Along with the PEN cameras' compact dimensions, the bright aperture of the much anticipated Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 allows users to shoot photos or HD video inconspicuously and achieve their best ever results in low light (say shooting interiors, or a sunset), without flash (where prohibited, such as in museums and churches), or without a tripod (busy areas and tourist spots). PEN users further benefit from the lens being automatically supported by the cameras' built in image stabilisation.
The fast lens is the best choice for spontaneous snapping too, thanks to built-in depth of field and distance indicators that reveal the distance at which objects are in focus, allowing the user to make adjustments on the hoof without having to consult the camera's display. These 'Snapshot Focus' indicators come into play in Manual mode, which is activated simply by pulling back the focus ring. Pan focus shooting, in which the subject and background are both in focus, is also possible, with the camera's dial set to A or M mode, the aperture to f/8.0 and the focal distance to three metres.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 doesn't just do the job all PEN photographers have been hoping for when it comes to taking pictures and recording video; it looks the part too.
The physically compact lens has a high grade metal exterior, sophisticated texture and a high quality construction from the first component to the last. It has a classic design, and you could even say it's destined to become a design classic. Weighing a mere 130 grams, it has a maximum diameter of 56 mm and an overall length of just 43 mm.
Crystal clear images with high contrast and superb sharpness are achievable thanks to the constant aperture setting of f/2.0 plus the lens construction of 11 elements in eight groups including two aspherical lenses and one ED (Extra low Dispersion) lens. This has an enormous effect on correcting chromatic aberration due to the unique well-balanced dispersion of red and blue light.
With the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 prime lens, the movie and still compatible ('MSC') AF mechanism benefits from the internal focusing mechanism used for conventional interchangeable lenses being improved by incorporating a screw drive mechanism - a metal shaft finished with sub-micron precision - instead of gears which cause noise. High precision plastics also ensure a quick, smooth, silent and moreover accurate AF drive.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 isn't just the ideal lens to fit for low light shooting as well as being very convenient to carry; it's truly multipurpose, coming up trumps in bright(er) conditions too.
This is thanks to an enhanced multi-layer 'ZERO' lens coating - or ZUIKO Extra low Reflection Optical coating - that halves the would-be effects of ghosting and flaring when compared to conventional coatings, therefore drastically reducing the chances of them negatively affecting image quality. The thin yet solid film coating adopted is based on the multilayer technology utilised in microscopes.
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 of course benefits from Olympus' rich heritage, high-end ZUIKO DIGITAL technologies and unparalleled know-how accumulated across many years in pursuit of high resolution and high performance.
It's the realisation of the world's first Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) lens - comprised of glass mould lenses with dual aspherical surfaces - on a mass production scale, with extremely large thickness differences between the centre of the lens and its peripheral areas. It's a highly refractive lens too, correcting a high percentage of spherical aberrations. By utilising an aspherical lens, aberrations that can't be corrected by spherical lenses are effectively compensated for.
In the production process, heating and slow cooling of moulds and glass are precisely controlled within a range of +/- 1° at around 500-600 degrees via special moulding machinery to avid cracking. Lens surface accuracy is precisely measured and evaluated using Olympus exclusive equipment possessing the world's best accuracy. In fact the accuracy of the mould requires double that of the lens itself. No wonder the process is known as 'Superb Moulding Technique.'
With the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 available in a stunning silver finish, it's a stand out (yet discreet) feature of whichever Olympus Digital PEN Micro Four Thirds system camera it’s attached to. Optional accessories include the rectangular design and metallic finish LH-48 lens hood, the LC-48 metallic lens cap with etched 'Olympus PEN' logo, the protective ultra-light PRF-D46PRO lens filter and the lens case LSC-0710.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f/2.0 ED lens is designed for Micro Four Thirdssystems and captures high quality wide-angle shots in a range of settings.
Performing superbly in lowlighting, this standard wide-angle lens boasts an advanced ZERO (ZUIKOExtra-low Reflection Optical) coating to reduce distortion.
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 12mm f/2.0 ED lens also offers a snapshotmechanism that's activated by simply pulling the focusing ring back.
Length : 4.3 cm
Diameter : 5.6 cm
Weight : 130 g
Type : Wide-angle lens
Special Functions : Wide angle
Intended For : Mirrorless system
Focal Length : 12 mm
Lens Aperture : F/2.0
Minimum Aperture : F/22
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera : 24mm
Magnification : 0.08
Min Focus Range : 20 cm
Focus Adjustment : Automatic, manual
Max View Angle : 84 degree(s)
Lens Construction : 8 group(s) / 11 element(s)
Filter Size : 46 mm
Diaphragm Blades : 7
Mounting Type : Micro Four Thirds
Features : Internal focusing system, ED glass, aspherical lens, Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) lens, MSC technology, Super HR (High Refractive) index lens
Included Accessories : Dust cap, lens cap
(free converter plug included if required)
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