Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is an Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with FourThirds max sensor coverage and it is designed to be used with Four Thirds mount cameras.
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is compatible with cameras that have Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Four Thirds lenses are Olympus E-5, Olympus E-600 and Olympus E-620.
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD has a focal range of 12-60mm and 5.0X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-120mm when used on a FourThirds format camera.
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is a weather sealed lens which provides an extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have an effective protection, you have to pair the Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD with a weather sealed camera body such as Olympus E-5, Olympus E-3 and Olympus E-1.
Optical Image Stabilization
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Panasonic Leica 14-50mm F3.8-5.6 OIS in Four Thirds mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
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Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.28x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m. For a non-macro lens, the 0.28x is considered a high magnification and will come handy for close-up shots.
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f2.8 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 12mm, and a max aperture of f4 and minimum aperture of f22 at 60mm .
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD's optical formula consists of 14 elements in 10 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- 1 super ED glass element
- 2 ED glass elements
- 1 aspherical ED glass element
2 aspherical elements
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD comes with a removable petal shaped lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is LH-75B.
Olympus ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD is available in Black color.
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