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Olympus 12-200mm f/iii.5-six.3 One thousand.Zuiko Digital ED Review


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Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.three M.Zuiko Digital ED Field Test

The Olympus 12-200mm is a versatile and meaty zoom lens

by Jeremy Grayness | Posted 09/03/2019

While many photographers capeesh the lightweight cameras in the Micro 4 Thirds organisation, for me, the almost pronounced benefit of the smaller MFT sensor is that manufacturers can design meaty lenses with a lot of zoom. There are numerous good zoom lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, but the new Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 is one of the best examples of what the Micro Four Thirds system offers in terms of versatile optics.

With an impressive 24-400mm-equivalent focal length range, the xvi.67x zoom lens tin perform well at many unlike types of photography. The lens may not be fast in terms of its maximum discontinuity, merely during my hands-on fourth dimension with information technology, it proved to offer reliable autofocus and pretty proficient paradigm quality. Let’south accept a closer wait at the Olympus 12-200mm f/3.v-6.iii lens and see if it’s the next great travel and accommodating lens for Olympus cameras.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Eastward-M1 Mark II at 63mm (126mm equiv.), f/half dozen.three, 1/320s, ISO 500.

This image has been converted and candy to gustatory modality in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.

Key Features and Specs

  • Olympus Micro 4 Thirds zoom lens
  • 24-400mm equivalent focal length
  • 16.67x zoom
  • 16 lens elements in 11 groups
  • Includes Olympus’ Null coating and numerous specialized lens elements
  • Moisture- and dust-resistant construction
  • Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus for fast and quiet focusing
  • Minimum working distance of 3.9 inches, resulting in a 0.47x maximum magnification
  • Weighs 1 pound (455 grams)
  • $899 USD list price (tin be found for effectually $825 USD on sale)

Lens Design and Treatment: A lightweight, weather-sealed 24-400mm equivalent zoom lens

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Product Image

The Olympus 12-200mm f/3.v-half-dozen.3 lens is a surprisingly meaty and lightweight lens, especially because its 24-400mm equivalent focal length. The lens is 3.ix inches long (99.7 millimeters), has a maximum diameter of iii.ane in. (77.5mm), and in total, it weighs a pound (455 grams). As y’all zoom, it extends another iii inches or so. Zooming from 12mm to 200mm requires less than a 90-degree rotation, which is nice and allows you lot to zoom all the style in very apace. Further, the overall balance of the lens remains quite expert as you zoom in.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Product Image

On the lens itself, there are multiple focal lengths marked on the barrel of the lens: 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, 70mm, 100mm and 200mm. The zoom ring has a filigree-similar “etched” grip texture, and the overall zooming mechanism feels smooth without being loose. The zoom band is also pretty wide and takes upwardly quite a bit of the lens barrel, which I similar equally it makes it like shooting fish in a barrel to use. In that location’s a dedicated focus band at the end of the lens butt, which has a simple ridged surface and works fine.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Product Image

The 12-200mm lens comes with a petal-shaped lens hood and has a 72mm filter thread. Further, the forepart element doesn’t rotate as you zoom in, save for right at 200mm, when it rotates very slightly.

Overall, the Olympus 12-200mm f/three.5-six.3 lens has nice, compact design, every bit well as good build quality even though it’south not a Zuiko Pro lens. The lens balances nicely on the E-M1 Mark Two I used and due to its weather-sealed construction, it is a good pick for shooting in a diverseness of weather.

Prototype Quality: Good operation overall, especially at the wide end

Olympus has fit a lot of glass into the 12-200mm lens. In total, there are xvi elements across 11 groups. The lens includes Olympus’s ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflection Optical) coating, which should help combat flare and ghosting. In terms of specialized lens elements, at that place are 3 aspherical elements, one Super Hour (loftier refractive index) element, a pair of 60 minutes elements, a pair of Super ED (extra-depression dispersion) elements and two ED elements.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Mark 2 at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO 320.

This epitome has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Eastward-M1 Marking II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/half-dozen.3, 1/1000s, ISO 320.

100 percent crop of the above image. This paradigm has been converted and processed to gustation in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Sharpness

All of the below images and crops used for sharpness evaluation were candy in Adobe Camera Raw with default settings and exported every bit high-quality JPEG files.

12mm (25mm equivalent)

At 12mm, the Olympus 12-200mm f/three.five-6.three lens performs pretty well. In the centre of the frame, even when shooting wide open up at f/3.five, sharpness is pretty good. There’south quite a scrap of contrast, colors look good and you tin pick out fine details in a circuitous scene.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marking Two at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.v, ane/1000s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted in Adobe Photographic camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Marking Two at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.v, i/1000s, ISO 200.

100 percent heart ingather. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

When considering corner functioning, in that location is a noticeable decrease in terms of sharpness and overall paradigm quality, but corner functioning is not bad, especially not for a zoom lens.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark Ii at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.v, 1/1000s, ISO 200.

100 pct bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.

By stopping downwardly the lens to f/4 or f/five.6, y’all tin achieve a bit more than detail and contrast in the center of the frame and slightly improved corner performance, although corner sharpness is still not excellent.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark Ii at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/5.half dozen, 1/400s, ISO 200.

100 percent center crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark 2 at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/5.six, 1/400s, ISO 200.

100 percentage bottom right corner crop. This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.

At the broad end of the lens, diffraction isn’t much of an outcome until f/11. We will encounter later with longer focal lengths that this is not a universal trait across the entire zoom range, where diffraction tin prepare in at wider apertures. For mural photographers using the widest focal length, f/8 is a fine discontinuity selection for many situations. However, the lens is also plenty sharp at f/3.5 and f/4, so y’all shouldn’t feel obligated to stop down.

25mm (50mm equivalent)

At 25mm, which is equivalent to 50mm on a full-frame photographic camera, wide-open up performance is very expert in the center. Equally is frequently the case with zoom lenses, the 12-200mm does perform a bit better as you lot become abroad from the extreme ends of the lens.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark II at 25mm (50mm equiv.), f/4.7, 1/500s, ISO 200.

This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 25mm (50mm equiv.), f/4.7, ane/500s, ISO 200.

100 percentage center crop. This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Corner performance remains an expanse of weakness, but to my optics, the corners are a chip ameliorate at 25mm than they were at 12mm.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 25mm (50mm equiv.), f/iv.7, 1/500s, ISO 200.

100 percent bottom right corner crop. This epitome has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size epitome. Click here for the RAW file.

By stopping downwards, you can increase both middle and corner sharpness slightly, merely the difference is non dramatic. At f/8, sharpness decreases slightly. From f/xi through f/22, the entire epitome is noticeably soft.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marker II at 25mm (50mm equiv.), f/5.half-dozen, i/320s, ISO 200.

100 percent center crop. This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size epitome. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark 2 at 25mm (50mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200.

100 per centum lesser right corner crop. This epitome has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

50mm (100mm equivalent)

At 50mm (100mm equivalent), the lens delivers potent center sharpness at its widest aperture of f/five.7. Of grade, f/5.7 is a fairly slow discontinuity. At 50mm, the sharpness falls off a bit more rapidly equally you caput toward the corners than it does at wider focal lengths. When shooting broad open, the corners are quite soft, which is disappointing.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marker Two at 50mm (100mm equiv.), f/5.7, i/250s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted in Adobe Photographic camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Marking II at 50mm (100mm equiv.), f/v.7, ane/250s, ISO 200.

100 pct eye crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Marking II at 50mm (100mm equiv.), f/5.7, 1/250s, ISO 200.

100 percent bottom right corner crop. This epitome has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.

Past stopping downwards to f/eight, the corners noticeably improve, whereas the center portion of the frame looks nearly duplicate from the broad-open up shot at f/5.7.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Eastward-M1 Mark II at 50mm (100mm equiv.), f/eight, ane/125s, ISO 200.

100 percent bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.

While not exactly at 50mm, this is a adept chance to briefly mention that the 12-200mm f/three.5-6.three lens is a bit prone to flare, even with the lens hood attached. On numerous occasions, the lens produced flare in challenging situations. Plain, this type of shooting situation is not typical, and the lens did fine in other sunlit situations.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Marker II at 42mm (84mm equiv.), f/16, 1/640s, ISO 200.

This epitome has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 20mm (40mm equiv.), f/five.6, 1/400s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Photographic camera Raw. Click for the full-size paradigm. Click hither for the RAW file.

70mm (140mm equivalent)

At the lens’ 70mm focal length, centre functioning when shooting broad open is skilful. As was the example at 50mm, overall paradigm quality does drop off quite considerably as you lot head toward the corners. At the wide open up discontinuity of f/half-dozen.one, the corners are pretty soft. Dissimilar the situation at 50mm, the corners don’t ever really go much amend as y’all stop down the lens, which does limit this focal length’s utility in long-lens landscape situations.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 70mm (140mm equiv.), f/6.1, i/200s, ISO 200.

This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark II at 70mm (140mm equiv.), f/half-dozen.1, 1/200s, ISO 200.

100 pct center ingather. This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marking II at 70mm (140mm equiv.), f/6.ane, one/200s, ISO 200.

100 percent center ingather. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

100mm (200mm equivalent)

At 100mm, while center performance when shooting wide open up remains proficient, the outcome with corner softness only gets worse. At this focal length, simply the fundamental quarter or so of the frame is abrupt and everything else has a full general softness.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Mark 2 at 100mm (200mm equiv.), f/6.two, 1/160s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marker Two at 100mm (200mm equiv.), f/six.2, 1/160s, ISO 200.

100 percent center crop. This epitome has been converted in Adobe Photographic camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size epitome. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Marker II at 100mm (200mm equiv.), f/6.2, ane/160s, ISO 200.

100 per centum bottom right corner ingather. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.

Past stopping downward the lens to f/xi or so, you can meliorate corner performance slightly, with improved contrast, color and detail. All the same, the operation remains underwhelming.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Marking II at 100mm (200mm equiv.), f/xi, 1/50s, ISO 200.

100 percent bottom correct corner crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

200mm (400mm equivalent)

At 200mm, the Olympus 12-200mm f/iii.5-6.3 performs okay in the center at its fastest aperture of f/vi.3. It is noticeably blurrier than wider focal lengths, which is typical for a zoom lens like this, but it is not bad in the middle. Corner operation is not very good, and unfortunately the sharpest central area is not very large in relation to the frame as a whole.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark Two at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/six.3, ane/160s, ISO 200.

100 percent center crop. This prototype has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the total-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/vi.three, 1/160s, ISO 200.

100 pct bottom right corner crop. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size epitome. Click here for the RAW file.

While not unique to the 200mm focal length, this is as skillful a fourth dimension as whatsoever to consider the fringing issue which is generally prevalent across the entire focal length range of the Olympus 12-200mm zoom lens. In the sample below, yous tin can come across quite a bit of purple fringing. While this can occur at whatsoever focal length, I found the event slightly more noticeable at longer focal lengths.

Chromatic aberrations are mostly well-controlled with this lens, although in that location is occasional pink/green chromatic aberration effectually high-dissimilarity edges in certain situations.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/six.3, 1/160s, ISO 200.

100 percentage ingather. This image has been converted in Adobe Photographic camera Raw using default settings. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

Vignette

Vignette is quite well-controlled by the Olympus 12-200mm lens. When shooting wide open up, there is very little noticeable vignette, fifty-fifty at the two extreme ends of the lens.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marker Two at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.5, 1/1250s, ISO 200.

12mm vignette examination epitome. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings, save for equalized white balance and -100 Clarity to reduce detail. Click for the full-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Mark 2 at 100mm (200mm equiv.), f/half dozen.ii, 1/400s, ISO 200.

100mm vignette test paradigm. This image has been converted in Adobe Photographic camera Raw using default settings, salve for equalized white residue and -100 Clarity to reduce item. Click for the full-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/6.iii, 1/400s, ISO 200.

200mm vignette test epitome. This image has been converted in Adobe Camera Raw using default settings, relieve for equalized white residual and -100 Clarity to reduce detail. Click for the full-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file.

Overall

Image quality performance with the Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.iii lens is pretty good overall, especially at the wider end of the lens. Telephoto performance is pretty adept too, although that’southward only when considering the center of the frame. Unfortunately, epitome quality in the corners decreases quite dramatically equally you zoom in, specially when you get to 100mm and beyond.

Information technology’southward worth keeping in mind only how impressive information technology is to have a lens as small every bit this one that can too zoom from 24mm to 400mm (in total-frame focal length equivalent terms). In the two shots below, for instance, we tin see simply what this type of zoom looks like in the real earth.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marker II at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200.

12mm test epitome. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/8, i/100s, ISO 200.

200mm test image. Click for the total-size epitome. Click here for the RAW file.

In another example, we tin can see how the focal length flexibility provided past the Olympus 12-200mm can completely change the blazon of image you can shoot.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/5.half-dozen, ane/250s, ISO 200.

12mm test epitome. Click for the total-size prototype. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark Ii at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/six.3, 1/500s, ISO 200.

200mm exam paradigm. Click for the full-size prototype. Click hither for the RAW file.

Shooting performance

The Olympus 12-200mm f/three.v-vi.3 features the visitor’s Moving-picture show and Even so Compatible (MSC) autofocus arrangement, which promises smooth, quiet and fast autofocus performance for stills and video alike. In my experience, the system is substantially silent. Further, across the entire focal length range, autofocus speeds prove impressive. Fifty-fifty at 200mm, autofocus is quick.

The lens has a three.9-inch working distance, which results in a maximum magnification of 0.47x. This is pretty impressive performance overall, especially considering it is a high-powered zoom lens. At the wide end of the lens, the working altitude is then brusk that it can actually be difficult to work at minimum distance. At 12mm, you cannot use the lens hood, for instance, and the lens creates a shadow in nigh situations. At 200mm, the minimum focus distance is quite a flake longer, but you tin can still capture near-macro images.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.five, i/60s, ISO 3200.

12mm close focus test paradigm. Click for the total-size epitome. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/viii, 1/250s, ISO 5000.

200mm shut focus test image. Click for the full-size image. Click hither for the RAW file.

The Olympus 12-200mm f/3.v-6.three is a variable aperture zoom lens. This ways that as you zoom in, the maximum aperture changes, and the lens allows in less light as you zoom. The practical results of this are that when using this lens, all else being equal, the camera will demand a slower shutter speed and/or higher ISO speed to compensate for the narrowing aperture as y’all increment the focal length. At 12mm, the lens is not specially fast for a wide-angle focal length with a maximum aperture of f/3.5. Unfortunately, the aperture narrows down very speedily equally yous zoom in, dropping to f/4.1 by 15mm, f/5 by 31mm and f/v.vi at 45mm. By 112mm, the lens is at its slowest maximum aperture of f/6.3.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Mark Two at 178mm (357mm equiv.), f/6.three, ane/800s, ISO 250.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.

In the Field

The Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-vi.iii M.Zuiko lens does non deliver
amazing
image quality throughout its entire range, but instead, it offers a lot of flexibility. With its lightweight construction and all-in-one zoom blueprint, the lens makes information technology a really good walkaround or travel lens. You can capture landscapes, macro-like images and fifty-fifty photo wildlife if yous have enough light (this is an area where the f/6.3 aperture is problematic).

Below, I’ve selected sample images to show off the variety of photos y’all can capture using the Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-half-dozen.3 lens. Like many zoom lenses, the 12-200mm is a jack-of-all-trades and chief of none, but versatility certainly has an inherent value which may trump other considerations. For many photographers, the lens volition likely offer many more pros than cons.

Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark Ii at 124mm (248mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/800s, ISO 3200.

Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file. In this example, we can come across some of the regal fringing you demand to consider when shooting with the Olympus 12-200mm lens.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Marking II at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/3.five, 20s, ISO 6400.

This epitome has been converted and candy to taste in Adobe Photographic camera Raw. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file. With its maximum aperture of f/3.5, you tin employ the Olympus 12-200mm lens for dark sky photography, simply you must shoot at or very nearly 12mm and your camera’s ISO volition have to be very high.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark II at 56mm (112mm equiv.), f/8, 4s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the total-size paradigm. Click hither for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark Ii at 87mm (174mm equiv.), f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size prototype. Click here for the RAW file. You can see some flare here on the left side of the frame.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Mark II at 162mm (324mm equiv.), f/eight, one/80s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the total-size paradigm. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Eastward-M1 Mark II at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/6.three, ane/500s, ISO 400.

This image has been converted and processed to sense of taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the full-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus East-M1 Mark II at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/8, 5s, ISO 200.

This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw. Click for the total-size image. Click here for the RAW file.
Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED Review: Field Test -- Gallery Image
Shot on Olympus Due east-M1 Marking 2 at 200mm (400mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO 1600.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-half-dozen.3 Lens Field Test Summary

Very proficient at being versatile, although not specially impressive in any one area


What I similar:

  • Compact form cistron
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • Very big zoom range
  • Versatile and affordable
  • Quick autofocus
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What I didn’t like:

  • Corner performance is lacking, especially as yous zoom in
  • Not bang-up for whatsoever particular type of photography

The Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-six.3 lens continues a long tradition of impressive and versatile lenses in Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds lineup. It’southward not the all-time-performing lens I’ve ever used, but it can produce good images across its entire focal length range, as long as you understand its limitations at longer focal lengths. Further, it offers a zoom range you but don’t often detect in a single lens. With one optic, you comprehend everything from landscapes to wild fauna and everything in between. Plus, the lens can focus quite closely, allowing it to act every bit a pseudo-macro lens. For the price, y’all get an incredible amount of versatility and generally impressive functioning.

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Shot on Olympus E-M1 Mark 2 at 12mm (24mm equiv.), f/viii, 1/6s, ISO 200.

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Olympus 12-200mm f/3.five-6.3 Review

Review by Andrew Alexander | 05/10/2019

Ah, the allure of the superzoom. The prospect of conveying around a bag of lenses to capture but the right angle tin can be off-putting, specially with the idea that one lens can do the job of many. The Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.three M.Zuiko Digital ED Micro Four Thirds lens offers a monstrous 35mm equivalent field of view of 24-400mm, yet with a total weight of simply 455 grams (almost exactly one pound). As with many superzooms, it achieves this feat past employing xvi lens elements in eleven groups, in this case including three aspherical elements and seven other specialized elements.

We’ve noted in the by that designing a superzoom lens is a game of compromises: because of what the lens needs to exercise (offer a huge range of focal lengths) it won’t be equally lite, sharp or fast as a prime lens, or even shorter zoom lenses (e.chiliad., the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.eight Pro or Olympus 12-100mm f/4 Pro). However, keeping but one lens on the body means y’all won’t waste time changing lenses, and potentially missing the perfect shot.

Equally the proper noun suggests, this lens isn’t a “constant” lens, in that every bit you increase the focal length, the maximum aperture size decreases, from f/3.5 to f/6.three, though the minimum aperture remains at f/22. The following table reflects the changes as you lot zoom:

Focal Length (mm) 12 25 42 70 100 200
Max. Aperture f/3.5 f/iv.7 f/5.4 f/6.1 f/six.two f/6.3
Min. Discontinuity

f/22 at all focal lengths

The lens ships with the LH-76 petal-shaped lens hood, and is available now for around US$900.

Sharpness

The Olympus 12-200mm offers good results when used beneath 75mm and stopped downwards slightly. Outside of these parameters, we note obvious bug with softness.

In the wide bending application (12-25mm) the lens does adequately well, especially when used at 12mm, where information technology is almost tack-abrupt at f/3.5. This is also the widest its aperture will go, so information technology’southward somewhat useful when used indoors: once you start stopping down to improve sharpness, you accept to increment your ISO or slow your shutter speed, introducing noise or blur, respectively, that offsets any gains in sharpness you might get from the lens aperture.

Zooming out, at 25mm the lens has some soft corners at its widest aperture of f/4.7, which are tamed equally the lens is stopped downwards to f/viii. It’south a like story at 42mm, except with slightly worse performance at f/v.4. That’s another item to notation: the maximum apertures are slightly dimmer than we’ve come up to run into from manufacturers at these focal lengths. It’south probably non going to make a huge difference to the average shooter, but having a maximum aperture of f/six.ane at 75mm is fairly restrictive; it ways y’all’ll always be using a higher ISO, or camera flash, or a slower shutter speed that would (ideally) necessitate the use of a tripod.

At 75mm, the lens begins to show its flaws, at to the lowest degree when used wide open. At f/6.one, the image produced is skillful but not corking; again, stopping down to f/8 helps significantly but doesn’t produce tack-sharp results. It only degrades further as the lens is zoomed towards 200mm, where ironically plenty, the lens performs slightly better wide open at 200mm than it does wide open up at 94mm, offer images of uneven sharpness, and slightly improved at f/8 or f/11.

Diffraction limiting sets in at f/xi, and overall, image sharpness degrades at f/16 and f/22.

Chromatic Aberration

At the widest focal length, chromatic aberration is decently controlled. As the lens is zoomed out, chromatic aberration is slightly more prominent, peculiarly in the corners. It’southward at its worst in the corners around the 75mm and 94mm range; again, curiously, information technology’s slightly improved at 200mm. I’m fairly sure in that location is some mail service-processing going on to aid offset CA induced by the lens.

Shading (“Vignetting”)

The only state of affairs where in that location is any corner shading to speak of is when the lens is used at its widest focal length; in this case, the extreme corners of an prototype captured will be a quarter-end darker than the residual of the image. Outside of this parameter, lens shading isn’t actually a factor, falling off almost completely one time you lot reach 75mm.

Distortion

Earlier cameras and raw converters were smart enough to apply lens corrections, superzoom lenses were notorious for providing some pretty intense barrel distortion when used in the broad angle, and some significant pincushion distortion when used in the telephoto range. That wild range of distortion is a thing of the past now, equally the results we see can attest. There is a slight amount of butt distortion when the lens is used at 12mm, but zero that would describe the eye; as the lens is zoomed out, distortion becomes nearly non-real.

Autofocus Performance

The Olympus 12-200mm uses the MSC (Pic & However Compatible) autofocusing motor, and the lens focuses quickly and silently. Autofocus results tin be overridden at whatsoever time by turning the focusing ring. The front chemical element does not rotate when focusing, making life that much easier for polarizer users.

Macro

While not a dedicated macro lens, the Olympus 12-200mm provides a respectable 0.23x magnification when the focal length is set to 200mm, and the working distance is 70cm when used this manner.

Build Quality and Handling

The whole premise of the Micro Four Thirds lens mount is to provide a platform for smaller lenses that achieve similar images as their larger APS-C or 35mm-sized siblings, and in this case, the 12-200mm excels. A like lens in APS-C format, the Tamron 16-300mm lens, weighs 19 ounces compared to the 16 ounces of the Olympus 12-200mm; in 35mm format, the Nikon 28-300mm, for example, weighs 28 ounces, and doesn’t come shut to the same focal length range.

The lens has a high build quality, with a metal lens mount and a tough polycarbonate trounce, and despite the fact that the lens, when zoomed out, doubles its length to near 7 inches, there’southward no obvious rattling or flexing. The focus ring is mounted well-nigh the front of the lens, and the large zoom ring is found closer to the lens mount. Both rings utilise a nice safe ridged design that is well dampened and easy to grip. What’s more, despite not beingness “Zuiko Pro” lens, the Olympus 12-200mm offers a dustproof and splashproof construction, which very handy for this “do-it-all”-style lens.

The lens is adequately uncomplicated to use. In that location are no switches on the lens; everything is controlled past your camera card. There is a scale for focal lengths marked on the lens, but that’southward it: there is no distance calibration, no depth-of-field calibration, and no infrared index, but that’due south unsurprising given the consumer nature of the lens.

The zoom office of the lens is controlled by the larger of the ii rings on the lens, rotating approximately 90 degrees to extend the lens through its entire range of focal lengths. The ring is made of a sturdy plastic texture, with recessed ridges, and is a comfortable 1 1/8 inches wide. The zoom ring is easy to turn upwards until about 100mm, and and so there is something of a “shelf” of resistance which pushes you through to the next phase of focal lengths. Finding your frame between 12mm and 100mm is fairly uncomplicated; it’s a bit harder to observe fidelity between 100mm and 200mm. Zoom creep isn’t a factor for this lens, though information technology’s impossible to know how years of use might loosen things up.

The focus ring is located at the terminate of the lens, a lightly-textured plastic ring that’south simply 3/8″ broad. The ring is a fly-by-wire blueprint, similar nearly mirrorless arrangement lenses, controlling focus electronically, so there are no hard stops at either the infinity or shut-focus ends. It’due south not the most friendly of manual focus designs, but the 100% magnification on the photographic camera’s LCD really helps nail an accurate focus. Given that focus is electronically controlled, you lot tin can assign the direction of focus to exist either left or right. The front end element does not rotate during focus operations, making life a piddling easier for filter users. The lens uses 72mm filters.

The included LH-76 petal-shaped lens hood reverses onto the lens for storage. The hood, when mounted, adds almost an inches to the overall length of the lens.

Alternatives

Given the fairly sectional nature of this Micro Four Thirds lens, there aren’t a lot of options available in the aforementioned category. The only lens that comes shut might be the Panasonic Lumix fourteen-140mm f/3.v-5.half dozen ASPH Power OIS, which doesn’t actually match the versatile range of the Olympus 12-200mm f/3.v-6.three. The Panasonic lens is compatible with Olympus camera bodies, and is slightly improve optically, just then, that’s what yous get when the lens doesn’t have to do as much heavy lifting when it comes to the focal lengths information technology needs to provide.

If you desire to stick with the Olympus make, the but other somewhat-similar lens would exist the Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro. Offering a 24-200mm-eq. zoom range, the 12-100mm is definitely versatile, merely clearly doesn’t have the reach of the 12-200mm. Being a Zuiko Pro lens, the 12-100mm features a lot of upgrades and fancier amenities non seen on the 12-200mm, such as overall better image quality, optical image stabilization and Sync IS compatibility with Olympus cameras, more than robust construction and a abiding f/iv discontinuity — making for a brighter lens at longer focal lengths. Of course, this all comes at a higher price, too, as the Olympus 12-100mm comes in at around $1200.

Conclusion

If yous’ve made it this far, you’ve probably already made up your own mind near this lens: either it’s not as amazing equally you want it to be for an all-in-one lens, or it’due south fine for the purpose you have in mind for it. In the field of all-in-one zooms, it actually does quite well. We’ve seen our fair share of superzoom lenses with some glaring bug, and while no superzoom lens is going to rival a bag of prime lenses, the Olympus 12-200mm performs very well. Although sharpness is decent at brighter apertures, performance is best around f/8 until f/11, and so if y’all’re shooting outside in plenty of sun, your shooting feel is going to be fine. Indoor use is going to suffer with this lens if you demand to zoom in at all, as you lot’ll need to make up the shortfall in calorie-free given the restricted aperture with a corresponding increase in ISO sensitivity or a slower shutter speed.

The Olympus 12-200mm is probably in the correct ballpark for price: if it exceeded the thousand-dollar price point you might run into eyebrows raised a flake higher, just at just effectually $900, it’due south probably but correct for what it offers.

Production Photos

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Lab Photos

The VFA target should requite you a good thought of sharpness in the center and corners, as well as some thought of the extent of barrel or pincushion baloney and chromatic aberration, while the Still Life field of study may assist in judging contrast and color. Nosotros shoot both images using the default JPEG settings and manual white balance of our test bodies, so the images should be quite consistent from lens to lens.

As appropriate, we shoot these with both full-frame and sub-frame bodies, at a range of focal lengths, and at both maximum discontinuity and f/8. For the ”VFA” target (the viewfinder accuracy target from our photographic camera reviews), we also provide sample crops from the center and upper-left corner of each shot, so you can quickly get a sense of relative sharpness, without having to download and inspect the full-res images. Click the thumbnails above to access the 100% crops and full-res images.

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Olympus 12-200mm f/three.v-6.iii: First Impressions in the field

The new all-in-one vacation zoom for MFT stretches its legs

by Dave Pardue | Posted: 03/25/2019

My favorite lens in the Micro Four Thirds line-up (and in fact in nearly any line-up) is the uber-versatile Olympus 12-100mm f/four Pro. I’ve establish it to be the perfect beach-combing rig for its combination of size, cost and performance, and my sentiments are certainly matched past many of my IR colleagues, equally well as by some you readers out there given the popularity of the page on our site.

And then nosotros were naturally intrigued when Olympus informed us of this new 12-200mm offer, which, while not part of the Zuiko Pro series of lenses, is still conditions-sealed and of course has a much farther zoom range. Information technology’southward not as vivid (at least when you zoom in) as the 12-100mm f/4, simply it’s both lighter in weight and lower in price, and so it’s an enticing suggestion for a travel zoom. Equally such, I was eager to get it into the real world and come across what it could reel in!

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/1000s / f/viii / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.

(Images have been resized to fit this page, cropped and/or altered in post-production, primarily to balance shadows and highlights every bit needed. Clicking any paradigm volition accept you to a carrier page with admission to the original, full-resolution image as delivered by the East-M1 Mark II. For additional images and EXIF data please see our Olympus 12-200mm Gallery page.)

I decided to pair this lens initially with the tried-and-true E-M1 Marker 2, awarded our All-time Overall Photographic camera just a few years ago. Had an E-M5 Mark Three been released, I would have certainly chosen information technology, as that price point and size would make the most logical pairing for this lens. So while waiting patiently for its arrival, the Eastward-M1 Two will certainly “brand practise in a pinch!” Some of you lot may opt for the capable Eastward-M10 Three, and that is indeed a very worthy camera, merely the newer 20MP sensor in the E-M1 II will aid united states zoom into the images just a bit more for gauging the sharpness of the lens at varying focal lengths.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

one/500s / f/7.1 / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.

In terms of initial handling, the lens feels terrific in the hands. Information technology’s very light for such a long-zooming lens, weighing in at just 16oz (455g). The 12-100mm Pro tips the scales at almost 20oz (561g) and that’s with less zoom range, just of class that lens has on-lath IS and a beefier build, not to mention the abiding f/4 aperture, so we’re talking about different animals here. And all the same, for the 12-200mm to come in at 16.6x zoom and weigh only 1lb is, well, a bang-up feat for the Olympus engineers!

The zoom and focus rings are amply textured and certainly straightforward to operate. They don’t rotate with the buttery smoothness of the Zuiko Pro lenses, but over again that’s not their intended market place offset and foremost, nor price betoken. Information technology does feel quite well-built though, even if not a Pro lens. The zoom functionality, while not internal like some high-finish zooms (meaning the lens doesn’t modify size every bit y’all zoom) is still smooth enough to exist reassuring.

Autofocus functioning with the E-M1 II proved quick and capable. No surprises to report here on this first impressions laissez passer, and this combination locked focus quickly on my intended subjects. The only time this didn’t happen was shooting the setting moon, as the combo struggled in twilight and I ended upward using transmission focus. But I’ve had that issue on many a camera and lens combo, including with some high-stop full frame cameras, and virtually always manually focus the moon regardless of photographic camera body, so this isn’t a big deal at all.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/320s / f/half dozen.iii / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.


Non seeing in the night: The combination of the 12-200mm lens and the E-M1 Mark II had trouble acquiring focus on this relatively dim moon, only in my years of camera testing I’ve found this to be more than the norm than the exception. Manual focus came to the rescue simply fine though, and this proved a skillful opportunity to exam it out.

With lenses that don’t fall into the “Pro” category, it’s a expert bet that our enthusiast readers volition still want to know how much sharpness they are getting for their money with this new lens. For this reason I’ve tried to bring you a solid diverseness of focal lengths across the entire zoom range for this initial sampling of existent-globe images. I’ll include a few 1:ane crops below every bit well for your quick inspection, only of grade feel gratis to click any image, which will take you to a carrier page that will provide access to the full resolution file, as well equally EXIF data. You tin also access the RAW files for any of these images on our 12-200mm Gallery Page, so in that location are plenty of pixel-peeing opportunities to be found!

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/500s / f/vi.3 / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

[1:1 ingather from above image]


Fine particular: Zooming all the way into this paradigm shows the detail to be quite practiced for a zoom lens of this price. Naturally, we’re non expecting “prime” functioning, and given only how far this lens can travel we know that in that location will exist natural trade-offs somewhere in the blueprint process. For what it is, this is certainly a nice amount of item upon close inspection for the price! Peculiarly given that this is zoomed all the manner to the maximum 400mm eq. focal length. In that location’due south too ample subject isolation, which generally isn’t associated with an aperture equally dim as f/6.3, but the generous zoom range certainly changes that equation.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/400s / f/6.3 / ISO 200 / 324mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

[1:1 crop from above epitome]

Once more we come across plenty of fine detail given the cost and overall versatility of this lens. This crop is getting a bit farther from the center of the image itself, and we generally see zoom lenses (and fifty-fifty some primes) decrease slightly in sharpness as we travel farther from center. In addition, the focal length is dissimilar from the true cat image above. Our forthcoming lab assay will requite you a meliorate picture show of what to expect at varying apertures and focal lengths for overall sharpness potential.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

i/1600s / f/6.three / ISO 200 / 224mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

[1:one ingather from above image]

Fifty-fifty at base ISO we do see some evidence of noise-reduction processing going on in the in a higher place paradigm. But this is not lens-related, per se, and the lens does a skillful job at this focal length with sharpness of the primary subject, which are fittingly sharp thorns!

Going Wide

Let’south move now to a few broad-angle images from this lens at 24mm eq. view, and open to several somewhat brighter apertures, equally the versatility is the real play a trick on upwards this lens’ sleeve!

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/500s / f/5 / ISO 200 / 24mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

one/3200s / f/3.5 / ISO 200 / 24mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

ane/4000s / f/iii.5 / ISO 200 / 24mm eq.


Traveling: This lens is starting time and foremost a “vacation zoom” for times you desire or need to travel light, and the focal length versatility is a potent enticement to taking only one lens forth on your travels. At f/three.5, this is the brightest this lens is capable of going, and then for your low light shooting you’ll want to get as broad bending as you can!

A closer wait at the 12-200mm’s bokeh…

Background blur (also referred to by the Japanese term “bokeh”) is an often-debated subject, peculiarly where the “quality” of the bokeh is concerned. You may hear someone refer to information technology in a positive calorie-free every bit “polish” or perhaps even “buttery” or “flossy” in nature. Merely merely exactly what constitutes “skilful bokeh” is every bit hotly debated every bit what constitutes a “fine wine” and you’ll therefore oft get many differing opinions.

For my heart, this lens doesn’t deliver the most pleasing of bokeh. It’due south non bad for the price, but it’southward a bit more than frantic and jarring (at least in some of the images) than you’ll find with many higher-priced lenses. Again, this is to exist expected for the about part, and super-smoothen bokeh is ane of the things you lot pay for with higher-form lenses. Information technology begs a comparison article to be written on the subject, and then that you tin see apples to apples examples when doing comparisons. But those of yous generally familiar with bokeh through years of experimentation and study will probable concur that the examples below are not the highest quality bachelor in the overall lens world. (Taken from a few of the images from to a higher place and cropped in to become a better feel for the bokeh itself.)

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

[Cropped in from the commencement image in a higher place to examine the bokeh qualities]

Bokeh quality can be afflicted by more than just the lens, as things like noise processing can also impact the advent. Just for the well-nigh part the lens is the chief shaper of the nature of the background mistiness. In this one, it’s a chip more than mottled and splotchy than you’ll find with higher-end lenses, simply still isn’t besides bad when viewed at more normal viewing distances.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

[Cropped in from an paradigm higher up to examine the bokeh qualities]

The bokeh in this image is not quite equally good, and could be more than aptly described as “ragged” in appearance. Again, it’s not something the viewers of your images may discover depending on the viewing size, but if you’re doing large prints it is something to comport in heed.

Just as yous’ll see in some of the images down below, the bokeh quality from this lens can also be fairly practiced depending on the distances and groundwork, so your mileage will vary accordingly.

** [Read much more about Bokeh Quality in this terrific article!]
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A few more zoomed in…

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/1000s / f/6.3 / ISO 200 / 248mm eq.


Getting personal: For capturing wildlife imagery up close and personal, a capable zoom lens is a must-accept!

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/1250s / f/six.2 / ISO 200 / 188mm eq.

Your smartphone won’t be able to reel in distant images like this in your worldly travels, so it’s a good bet to bring a lightweight zoom along for the trip!

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/2500s / f/six.3 / ISO 200 / 100mm eq.


Action: I found the C-AF performance with the 12-200mm paired with the E-M1 II to work just fine for a boy’s soccer game. While zooming chop-chop back and forth, I forgot to open upwards the aperture here in order to further isolate the field of study. That’due south not the fault of camera nor lens, but is something you demand to keep in heed when you don’t accept a constant f/two.8 aperture at your disposal.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

one/1250 / f/5.7 / ISO 200 / 100mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/1600s / f/6.iii / ISO 200 / 400mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/1000s / f/6.three / ISO 200 / 324mm eq.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

1/800s / f/8 / ISO 200 / 356mm eq.


Better bokeh: While some of the images from this piece had distracting bokeh, I found the background blur hither to exist rather pleasing to the center, and then your mileage will well-nigh probable vary depending on the subject matter, distances, and background involved.

Olympus 12-200mm Sample Image

ane/250s / f/6.3 / ISO 500 / 248mm eq.

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