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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-45mm F4 Pro MFT Lens (2020)

MSRP 650 USDNeo score 48%Ext score 75%

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Product Overview

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-45mm F4 Pro is a standard zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds-mount. It covers the MFT image circle. Introduced by Olympus in 2020, it has 12 elements in 9 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-45mm F4 Pro is externally-zooming. For incremental weathers, Olympus is kind enough to include weather sealing.
With a constant f/4 maximum aperture, this lens makes for a good single-lens walk-around options for travels. As a standard zoom with small aperture, however, it is probably the most exciting option one can get.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 48% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Weather-sealed
  • Useful focal range
  • Useful 1:2 reproduction ratio
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • External zoom without zoom lock
  • Not the best rendering

What external reviewers found***

Ext 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent weather-sealing
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Wide angle coverage
Cons
  • Bulky build
  • No focus scale
  • F/4 design
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
7 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Zoom Lens
Image Size
MFT
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds-mount
Material
Metal
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 DSA, 1 Super HR, 2 HR, 2 aspherical, 2 ED elements + ZERO coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
58 mm / 2.28 in
Size | Diameter
63 mm / 2.48 in
Size | Length
70 mm / 2.76 in
Weight
254 g / 8.98 oz

Function

Angle Of View
48.6° Diagonal | 41.1° Horizontal | 28.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 13.7° Diagonal | 11.4° Horizontal | 7.6° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Crop Factor
2.0
Focal Length
24 mm ~ 90 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
48.0 mm ~ 180.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.5x
Min Focus Distance
120 mm / 4.72 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-02-12

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Olympus 12-45mm f/4 Pro is a lens that feels well-balanced mounted on the front of a mirrorless body. It's constructed from 12 elements in nine groups, including Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical coating to fight flares and ghosting. Sharpness is excellent throughout the zoom range, even when shooting wide open.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent weather-sealing
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Bulky build
  • No focus scale

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Olympus MZuiko 12-45mm F4 Pro is perfectly sized for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens focuses quite close, to just 4.7 inches from the sensor plane. It's got more wide angle coverage than the inexpensive 14-42mm EZ F3.5-5.6 bundled with many Olympus cameras.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Wide angle coverage
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • F/4 design

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-45mm F4.0 Pro review: Small, but sturdy. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/camera-lens-reviews/olympus-m-zuiko-ed-12-45mm-f40-pro-review/. 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
2. ^ Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/olympus-mzuiko-digital-ed-12-45mm-f4-pro. 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2022-01-29.

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