Amateur Photographer - - Testbench | Lens Test -

I’ve al­ways liked the idea of su­per­zooms; I shoot quite a lot at widean­gle and tele­photo, and it’s great to be able to do so with­out swap­ping lenses. Pre­vi­ously, I never found one that quite makes the grade with re­spect to im­age qual­ity. How­ever, Olym­pus has changed all that with the 12-100mm f/4 IS. I was re­ally im­pressed when I first used it while re­view­ing the OM- D E- M1 Mark II, and a year on I still can’t be­lieve how good it is.

This lens brings with it an un­par­al­leled com­bi­na­tion of high im­age qual­ity, ro­bust con­struc­tion, com­po­si­tional ver­sa­til­ity and near- mag­i­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. It’s not one for shal­low depth of field, but it can do ev­ery­thing from sweep­ing land­scapes to close- ups with ease. It’s an out­door pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream.

Many will balk at the four-fig­ure sum, but this su­per­zoom re­ally can do it all un­ex­pect­edly well, and po­ten­tially re­place two or three other lenses in your bag. It’s a great ad­di­tion to any Mi­cro Four Thirds shooter’s arse­nal.

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