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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100 mm f/4 IS PRO

14 February 2017
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros
  • solid, weather-sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame already up from the maximum relative aperture at every focal length,
  • lack of spherical aberration problems,
  • moderate longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • sensible performance against bright light,
  • silent, flash-quick and accurate autofocus,
  • sensational optical stabilization unit.

Cons:

  • huge distortion on RAW files.

To be honest the Olympus 12-100 mm surprised me very positively. I didn’t expect such good results. I was almost sure that at least for one focal length the image quality would be weak on the edges of the frame and the lens would fail in the category of flares as well. No such things happened and for that the constructors deserve a round of applause. You get a lens with a very wide range of focal lengths, a decent constant aperture fastness, one able to provide good quality images at every combination of aperture and focal length; additionally its autofocus is efficient and its optical stabilization performs very well indeed. Really, it would be difficult to demand anything more. Good job!

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Taking into account the scale of the problem the constructors working for Olympus had to deal with and the excellent final result I don’t doubt this particular lens deserves to be awarded our “Editor’s Choice of Lenstip.com” badge.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100 mm f/4 IS PRO - Summary