Olympus 12mm f/2 - Review and user experience - Part 3 - Initial thoughts on Image Quality

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

As I've indicated before I'm not going to go into this thoroughly until I have some decent raw development software to work with i.e. Adobe Camera Raw. However a few things are obvious even using the lens for just a day.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Firstly it is a sharp lens. Just how sharp its possible to get the files it creates I've yet to discover. Its certainly sharper than the new kit lens, though not by a huge distance, as far as I can see so far. Decent raw file conversion may prove much more definitive on this.


As you can see from the comparison above it's not a huge lens, and slightly smaller than the new kit lens when folded in. The large lens hood for the 12mm isn't available yet (Typical!) but I have one on order. However I didn't have any problem with flare yesterday.

I was really pleased to see that it performs really well at f/2.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

I've always thought that the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 was the best lens I've ever used wide open, but this is better. Really very sharp indeed.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

Since its so good wide open it follows that all the other apertures should be good too, and that seems to be the case. I'll do some more testing at a later date and let you know what I discover.

Olympus E-P3 12mm f/2

To be honest, in terms of IQ its very much what I was expecting. All the reviews and samples I looked at indicated that this was going to be a top quality lens. Its certainly one of the best m4/3 has to offer and with its fast aperture and wide-angle will be very useful to many photographers. Shame it's not cheaper!