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Photokina 2016: Meet the new Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

Photokina 2016: Meet the new Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro 1

Alongside the announcement of the new E-M1 II at Photokina, Olympus introduced three new lenses. We got our hands on the latest zoom – the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro. Click through for a closer look.

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

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The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro features optical image stabilization. This works with the OM-D and PEN-series cameras’ in-body stabilization to offer greater compensation – especially at the longer end of its zoom. With the new E-M1 II’s in-body stabilization system, Olympus is claiming a total of 6.5 EV of compensation.

Normally we’d be skeptical of such big numbers, but Olympus has been impressing us with its stabilization systems for years, and our initial impressions (albeit based on very limited, non-scientific use) suggest that the IS is highly capable. 

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

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As we’ve seen on several other Olympus lenses, the 12-100mm features a simple push-pull AF/MF toggle, for quickly switching between automatic and manual focus.

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

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The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4 IS Pro covers an effective focal length range of 24-200mm, making it a highly versatile ‘go everywhere’ lens for travel, and videography. The constant maximum aperture of F4 will be appreciated by videographers, too. Olympus offers faster zooms, but none which cover such a wide range of focal lengths.

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

Photokina 2016: Meet the new Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro 5

At its 12mm focal length setting, the 12-100mm is relatively compact…

Photokina 2016: Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro

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…but its overall length increases considerably when zoomed in all the way to 100mm.

Minimum focus distance at the 12mm end is a mere 1.5cm from the front element of the lens, and 27cm at the telephoto setting. The 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro is fully weather-sealed as we’d expect from a lens in the ‘PRO’ lineup, and will be available in November for $1299.


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