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(based on 2 ratings)
Brand: Olympus
Located in: SLR Lenses (All)
In combination with the E-3 Digital SLR, this lens delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world. It covers a zoom range equivalent to 24mm to 120mm on a 35mm camera lens. This lens also boasts impressive close-up shooting capability, allowing users to shoot from as close as 25cm throughout the zoom range. Autofocus is powered by Olympus' breakthrough SWD. Designed to be the world's fastest AF system, this extraordinary autofocus drive provides both high speed and high precision while operating with extremely low noise.

Designed to meet the needs of the professional photographer, Zuiko Digital lenses were born of an uncompromising commitment to performance. The lenses feature high resolving power, to get the most out of the imaging element. Zuiko Digital lenses allow light to strike the image sensor at a near-perpendicular angle, minimizing degradation and light loss. This large, award-winning family of lenses is perfectly matched to work exclusively with digital cameras so every pixel is properly exposed.

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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 2 reviews)

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus(3)
 
Fantastic "walk-around" lens!
By EricVerified Reviewer from Colorado on 3/27/2010
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Weather-resistant
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Wildlife Photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Zuiko Digital Lens:

This is just a fantastic all-around lens -- it is the one lens that stays on my E-3 nearly all the time (unless I swap it out for a more-specialized piece of glass). Works well in a wide range of circumstances, reliable, weather-sealed. I just can't say enough good things about it.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
The Zuiko Standard + Lens!
By Ev the RoamerVerified Reviewer from Pittsburgh, PA on 6/7/2009
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Excellent zoom range, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction, Weather Seals
Best Uses:
General Use, Landscape Photography, Night Photography, Sports/Action, Upgrade
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Zuiko Digital Lens:

This lens is a major upgrade in almost every way to Olympus' previous high grade standard zoom, and stands favorably against offerings from Canon, Nikon, Sony Carl Zeiss, and others. Olympus used some very exotic glass and it shows in the capabilities and output from this lens (three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements, one of which is aspherical, coupled with two further aspherical elements, and - as the icing on the cake - one Super ED glass element).With a zoom range extending from a 35mm film equivalent of 22-120mm, this lens has more wideangle and telephoto versatility (think landscape and architecture to classic portrait range) than most while producing sharpness beyond the camera's ability to capture. This lens remains glued to my E-500 90% of the time (exceptions being superzoom and very low-light photography)The focusing is also extremely fast and accurate (especially with the E-3 and E-30), with a mechanically linked focus ring that essentially puts the camera into MF/AF mode all the time (because you can always adjust focus). It also has a decent macro mode which will handle all but the most demanding subjects.The aperture rating is relatively fast: 2.8 at the wide to 4.0 at the long end. Perhaps not as fast as a lens with a less ambitious range (like a single perspective/prime lens), it is nonetheless impressive and peerless at this zoom range (a half to a full stop faster than APS-C equivalents such as the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 or Nikon 16-85mm F:3.5-5.6 VR). Also, since the Four Thirds sensor is slightly smaller than the APS-C sensors in most other DSLRs, the sensor remains inside the "sweet spot" of the lens and retains superior edge-to-edge sharpness when used with the aperture wide open.Olympus has an inherent advantage- they use the slightly smaller Four Thirds sensor to deliver lenses which, for any given size, weight and cost, simply perform to a higher and more consistent standard than those optimized for larger formats, with the 12-60mm being a prime example.

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