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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens Review - Verdict

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Olympus M Zuiko 12 200mm F3 5 6 3 ED (7)

Value For Money

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens is priced at £799.

There are no absolute competitors that match the 16.6x zoom range, but we can pitch it against perhaps the following to get a feel for the pricing level.

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO, £1199
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f/4-5.6 ED II, £599
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical, £549

So, not too far adrift, but no doubt the price will settle a little in due course.

For more options have a look at the Top 15 Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds, or have a look at the Top 35 Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses.

 

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens is a dream to use, without a doubt. The concept of the all-in-one travel zoom is great, with a long reach and really close focus all built in. There will be many travellers who will take to this lens and produce very memorable images. It isn't perfect technically, but mega-zooms by their nature are pushing the boundaries and we have to accept that there is some trade-off between quality and convenience. It is also true that many lenses from all the marques may not fare strongly at MTF50 standards, but still have plenty of merit in producing bright, punchy images. The concentration with this lens is weighted towards better performance at wider focal lengths and at the centre of the image field, but the extra reach available will still be appreciated in many situations.

A versatile and easy to use travel lens and, whilst aware of its limitations, recommended.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Pros

  • Very good central sharpness
  • Very low central CA
  • Modest vignetting
  • Fantastic, versatile range
  • Very close focusing
  • Fast, silent AF
  • Full Time Manual Focus
  • Dust and moisture resistant
  • Light and compact
  • Very low distortion

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Cons

  • Sharpness at 200mm suffers
  • No IS
  • Some edge CA
  • Flare with bright light sources

Features4/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance3.5/5
Value4/5
Overall Verdict

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