Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3
Need one lens to go away connected to your Olympus digicam that will probably be match for many, if not all, taking pictures eventualities?
A brilliant telephoto lens – beginning out at a large angle 24mm equal in 35mm phrases, and going all the way in which as much as an equal of 400mm on the most zoon finish – there’s no denying that when twinned with a 4 Thirds sensor, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three zoom (16.7x) ought to show creatively versatile.
On paper no less than the vast angle supplied ought to make it a good choice for landscapes and avenue pictures, in addition to portraiture and journey shoots.
Certainly, again when it was first introduced in spring 2019, this £800 lens was boldly pitched as probably the most highly effective zoom to this point for mirrorless system cameras.
Just like the premium OM-D our bodies it’s primarily been designed to be twinned with (it would additionally match the PEN vary, naturally), the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three zoom is mud proof, splash proof and water proof, so there’s a level of peace of thoughts in-built, in that the 12-200mm will be stashed in a digicam bag to be introduced out on any event, and in all weathers.
It ought to most likely go with out saying by now, however, due to the distinctive properties of Olympus’ system, it’s additionally far more compact and light-weight than a DSLR lens of equal vary could be.
That stated, in being a jack-of-all-trades choice, our instant assumption is that this lens’s commerce off for compositional versatility might be lens readability.
Not so, claims its producer, noting that spotlight has been given to using particular lens coating to cut back flare and ghosting, in addition to Tremendous ED and apsherical lenses utilised in its building to suppress chromatic aberration and distortion.
With excessive decision video additionally an integral function of the newest technology of cameras, unsurprisingly the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3’s artistic flexibility extends to being a software for recording the shifting picture, not simply stills, its ‘MSC’ (Film and Stills Suitable) interior focus mechanism giving rise to a swift AF efficiency; auto focus response seemingly being the principle battleground for producers of late.
Whereas the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens isn’t cheap, priced at $899.99 / £799.99, due to the flexibleness we’re getting right here it might be the one lens most informal Olympus photographers could ever want.
The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three might be considered as a more cost effective and cumbersome different (at a manageable weight of 455g) to in any other case investing in a handful of prime lenses with a view to mirror the assorted focal lengths on supply right here.
Ease of Use
As we’ve inferred in our intro, in the event you’re heading off in your travels, and even only a day’s sightseeing, and solely need to go away the one lens bolted to the entrance of your mirrorless OM-D digicam, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three would counsel a smart and succesful choice for the Olympus fanatic to go for.
Feeling reassuringly weighty within the palm – reassuring, in that its solidity helps it to really feel definitely worth the cash invested – the climate sealed zoom provides a level of heft to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III physique we had been despatched together with it.
Luckily, stated heft doesn’t match the possibly again breaking bulk of a climate sealed DSLR and equal lens – and we by no means felt the Olympus set-up was placing a pressure on our again or shoulders.
Certainly, we weren’t truly serious about the digicam and lens in any respect, however reasonably potential topics – which is strictly because it ought to be when it comes to portability and use.
Unsurprisingly, the chief operational options of the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens embody a large zoom ring with a roughened floor to help grip and forestall slippage. Give this a twist and we see that, when totally prolonged to most 400mm equal telephoto setting, the lens’s ‘dormant’ bodily size virtually doubles.
We additionally get a a lot narrower handbook focus ring in the direction of its enterprise finish, which has a ridged edge to assist buy and distinguish it from the thicker, rougher zoom ring.
We discovered the variations in surfaces proved helpful whenever you’re grappling round with an eye glued to the digicam’s digital viewfinder. The ‘motion’ of the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens itself feels certain and regular as you twist the lens ring.
So far, so good… what our evaluation pattern was lacking, nonetheless, was a lens hood. That proved a disgrace as regardless of Olympus’ finest makes an attempt, we did expertise a handful of situations of lens flare, significantly in harsh, low winter solar.
Luckily a alternative lens hood is, nonetheless, out there as an optionally available additional – a ‘snip’ at £60. A smooth lens case and a protecting lens filter are additionally optionally available extras, although we do no less than get a typical clip-on lens cap to guard the entrance glass when transporting the 12-200mm.
In sensible phrases, it proves helpful that this lens’ shortest working distance is 10cm from a topic, and even can nonetheless shoot as shut as 50cm at most unfurled telephoto setting, as our ‘sharpness’ part check photographs reveal.
In phrases of total ease of use, it’s additionally value reiterating how compact and moveable the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens is, given it has a 400mm equal attain on the telephoto finish. It doesn’t really feel just like the ‘large’ lens that equal focal size choices are usually described as.
With our proper hand gripping our E-M5 Mark III evaluation unit and our left hand cradling the lens itself, the arrange of digicam physique and lens mixed additionally feels good and balanced.
Whereas there aren’t any stepped focal size markings on the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens barrel that reveal themselves solely because the lens is prolonged – say, as with sure bridge cameras or tremendous zooms – we as a substitute get them nestled between the zoom ring and the main focus ring on the lens barrel.
The printed markings give us a sign of tips on how to arrive at 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, 70mm, 100mm and 200mm focal lengths. Because the lens is designed to be clean and silent in operation, clearly there’s no click on or chew level as you flip the zoom ring to reach at every, so it’s a case of holding watch as you zoom in if there’s a focal size setting you particularly need to arrive at.
Whereas there is no such thing as a picture stabilisation constructed into the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens itself, after all there’s 5 axis picture stabilisation constructed into the digicam physique after all to assist stop digicam shake from blurring pictures, significantly when taking pictures handheld in the direction of the telephoto finish of the zoom.
There’s likewise no manually adjustable aperture ring supplied on the lens barrel right here, however most aperture is the acknowledged f/3.5 at its widest setting – so it’s not the quickest/brightest lens on supply. However, given the broad focal vary right here, it’s a reasonably affordable commerce off.
As famous in our intro, a chief promoting level of this lens will probably be the truth that its focal size of 12-200mm gives the 35mm equal of a a lot bigger 24-400mm lens when connected to certainly one of Olympus 4 Thirds sensor incorporating cameras bearing a Micro 4 Thirds lens mount.
Such a broad focal vary implies that it could possibly deal with an equally broad vary of topics, from expansive landscapes to shut up portraiture with attractively defocused backgrounds.
If it’s plenty of versatility from only a single lens you require – for instance in the event you’re wanting for one lens to just about go away in your digicam – then the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three ought to tick plenty of packing containers for the picture hobbyist.
Area of view at 12mm
Area of view at 200mm
We get a reasonably clear invoice of well being from the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three on this regard. Any in any other case annoying artifacts, equivalent to purple or blue traces across the contrast-y edges of objects – usually the place the topic, such because the branches of a tree – meet the sky are nicely managed by this mix of lens and digicam physique. Efficiency is pretty good total then.
Vignetting and Distortion
Until you’re taking pictures up near a topic with the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens at its widest setting – whereby any barrel distortion is, nonetheless, pretty minimal – you’ll get vibrant, pure wanting outcomes out of the mixture of digicam sensor and this lens. There may be little or no notable vignetting, if any in any respect from this Olympus.
Whereas it’s clearly not a devoted macro lens, as famous in our intro, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 can shoot topics as shut as 10cm at its widest setting and 50cm on the telephoto finish of the zoom, making it a real all rounder, as now we have famous. So sure, we had been capable of obtain shut up photographs right here with out having to swap out the lens in use.
With ‘bokeh’ generally used to explain attractively and deliberately smooth, out-of-focus areas of a picture, mostly utilizing phrases together with clean or ‘creamy’, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens is definitely able to delivering some superbly defocused backgrounds, particularly when utilizing the telephoto finish of the lens for shut up portraits. As now we have famous, it’s versatile and might ship pleasing outcomes throughout all kinds of taking pictures circumstances and subject material.
In phrases of sharpness, once more the mixture of the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.Three lens and 4 Thirds system sensor is able to delivering some commendably detailed outcomes – at each ends of the zoom, if outcomes do soften barely (however not distressingly so) at most telephoto.
We additionally tried taking pictures on the totally different focal lengths marked on the lens barrel itself – specifically 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, 70mm, 100mm and 200mm and evaluating them.
Once more, in conclusion on the subject of sharpness this looks as if a succesful lens delivering a decent end result throughout a variety of subject material. To allow you to draw your individual conclusions we’re offering a choice of 100% crops on the pages that comply with…