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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0

Micro FourThirds System
Movie and Still Compatible
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0

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The M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent in 35mm photography) is Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) and features a high-speed, near-silent autofocus during still shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture. This fast single-focal-length wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality stills or movies of subjects such as dramatic sweeping landscapes and street scenes, especially in low-light conditions. The fast aperture allows users to confidently and inconspicuously shoot movies or stills in situations where a flash or tripod would not be appropriate, as in a church or museum. It's also perfect for generating professional-looking effects like background blurring. The M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 has been designed to match the body design of the latest generation of PEN cameras. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.

Olympus MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) Micro Four Thirds lenses are the perfect choice for capturing amazing still photography and HD video with your Olympus PEN. A super-fast, smooth autofocus makes sure your subject is always the star and the silent focusing motor ensures pristine sound for your biggest productions.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 Key Features

Box Contents:
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 Lens
  • Lens Cap LC-46
  • Lens Rear Cap LR-2
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
Compact, Fast Wide-Angle Lens
This 35mm equivalent 24mm, fast f2.0 wide-angle lens, 2.2 in diamter, 1.7 inches in length, weighing only 4.6 ounces, matches Olympus PEN cameras' compact dimensions. The Micro Four Thirds System breakthrough design allows dramatic reduction in camera size. The elimination of the mirror box paves the way for a cascade of size reductions, including cutting the size of the flange back in half (relative to the Four Thirds System) and reducing the lens mount diameter by about 6 mm, which in turn makes it possible to reduce the size of the lens itself. And all of this has been achieved without reducing the size of the sensor itself, assuring the same superior picture quality that is provided by the Four Thirds System.
Movie and Still Compatible Lens With Exceptionally Fast And Nearly Silent High-speed Imager AF Mechanism
Olympus MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) Micro Four Thirds lenses are the perfect choice for capturing amazing still photography and HD video with your Olympus PEN. A super-fast, smooth autofocus makes sure your subject is always the star and the silent focusing motor ensures pristine sound for your biggest productions. The 12mm's High-speed Imager AF mechanism utilizes nearly silent focusing technology. It is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.
Enhanced Multi-Layer Lens Coating
In addition to low-light and snapshot situations, this lens performs superbly in bright light, thanks to an enhanced multi-layer lens coating that reduces by half the effects of ghosting and flaring compared to conventional comparable coatings.
Snap Ring Enables Photographers To Pan Focus With A Distance Indicator
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 is the best Olympus PEN lens for shooting spontaneous snapshots -- courtesy of built-in depth of field and distance indicators that show the distance at which objects are in focus, allowing the user focus instantly without having to look at the camera display. The Snapshot Focus mechanism lets you shift the focusing point a specific distance by sliding the focus ring towards the camera.
One Aspherical Lens Element
While an ordinary lens element utilizes part of the spherical surface, the aspherical lens element utilizes part of a surface that is curved but not spherical. This allows a single lens element to correct effectively the aberrations that are often hard to correct with spherical lens elements.
One DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) Lens Element
A double-side aspherical lens with a large difference in thickness between the center and periphery is called a DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens. Because this lens can simultaneously offer both excellent refractivity and aberration correction what would previously have required a number of different lens elements to achieve, the lens size can be reduced. The reduced number of lens elements also helps improve image clarity, as well as preventing ghosts and flares.
One Super HR (High-Refractivity) Lens Element
A lens element made of optical glass with high refractivity is called an HR lens. This lens is excellent at correcting spherical aberrations and allows the lens size to be reduced without degrading imaging performance.
One ED Glass Lens Element
ED lens elements are used to correct the color blurring noticeable when telephoto lenses are extended to their maximum focal length. Compared to an ordinary optical glass lens, the ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens presents extremely small changes in refractivity in the wavelengths from blue to red. It can improve the imaging performance of lenses by reducing chromatic aberration (a phenomenon caused by the dispersion of light produced by deviation of the focusing point due to color differences) that causes color fringing or contrast degradation.
Circular Aperture Mechanism
The circular aperture makes it possible to achieve smooth, uniform, soft background defocusing.
Digital Specific Lens™
Zuiko Digital lenses are designed to focus light straight into an imager's pixel wells, to fill every pixel consistently. It's optical technology that delivers an image filled from center to edge with rich, accurate color, high contrast and subtle gradation. Designed exclusively for digital photography, Zuiko Digital lenses provide a level of precision that's simply unattainable from a digital body using a traditional 35mm film lens.

Zuiko lenses feature a near telecentric design that ensures that the light hits the photodiodes at right angles, thus avoiding the problem of blurring at the edges of the image, or corner shading, which often occurs when using lenses originally designed for 35mm film cameras. Combined with the high resolution of Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses, this lens design exploits the full potential of the digital camera image sensors. The result is clear photos with strong colors and sharp contrasts right to the edges of the image. The telecentricity made possible by the digital-dedicated design of the Four Thirds System has been inherited by the Micro Four Thirds System, further ensuring the high picture quality performance of the system.

Smart System
M.Zuiko Digital lenses communicate image information directly to the Olympus E-System Digital SLR for a level of exposure accuracy that's beyond the capabilities of a passive lens. Two signal pins have been added to enable information exchange between the camera body and lens, and allow various extensions to be adopted in the future.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 Specifications

Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds System Standard
Focal Length
12mm (24mm 35mm equivalent)
Lens Construction
11 Elements in 8 Groups, including 1 DSA lens element, 1 Aspherical lens element, 1 ED lens element and 1 Super HR lens element
Focus System
High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Angle of View
Closest Focusing Distance
7.8 inches (0.2m)
Maximum Image Magnification
0.8x (0.16x 35mm equivalent)
Minimum Field Size
162 x 216mm
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Number of Blades
7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Filter Size
Dimensions, Diameter x Length
2.20 x 1.69 inches (56 mm x 43 mm)
4.6 oz. (130 g)

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0

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