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.