Olympus 12mm f/2 - Review and user experience - Part 8 - Location shooting in the Cotswolds

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2
Above and following 3 pictures all shot at f/11 using the aperture ring and zone focusing / hyperfocal distance.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

To me this is really the lenses star feature. Its just so useful for what I do. Add in the fact that I can use slow shutter speeds down to 1/15th. sec. and still get pin-sharp results and it becomes just about my perfect lens.

The depth-of-field I can get, the sharpness across the frame, and the (relative) lack of distortion are all proving so irresistable that I'm having real difficulty getting the lens off the camera! 

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

The lightness of the package is also such a bonus. On the landscapes you can see the village in the distance, and the climb up on a very hot and humid was made more bearable by the E-P3 and 12mm being so small. I did this same walk a few years ago carrying a Nikon D2X and a couple of zooms and it was a lot tougher!

One final thing. Putting together multi-image stitches is often difficult with wide-angle lenses, because of distortion, but the 12mm is proving to be no problem in this regard. In the top image I was very close to the small mound on the right and must have swung round through 180 degrees. However the images have stitched together very well and ceated a very natural looking final image. 

Very impressive.