Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12mm f/2 is the fast wide-angle prime lens for micro four-thirds system cameras. With 2x crop factor it has the equivalent field of view as 24mm lens. It works on any camera with micro four-thirds lens mount, such as Olympus PEN and OMD or any Panasonic G series cameras. M.Zuiko 12mm is suitable for low-light work and a wide range of shooting scenarios from landscape, interiors and street photography.
A long long time ago (in digital market terms) DSLR cameras were quite expensive. Well, at least more than most of the customers could or wanted to pay for. In those days only alternative for advanced amateurs on the budget or users in desire for higher image quality were so-called “prosumer” cameras. They still had small sensors, but paired to high quality optics in larger bodies with full manual controls. As soon as DSLR and (in the last few years) mirrorless cameras became affordable, prosumer cameras disappeared almost overnight. Why would anyone buy a product with worse image quality when you could get full size pro-looking DSLR to impress your friends instead?
PEN E-PM2 is the new compact entry-level mirrorless camera from Olympus. Being an early adopter of mirrorless camera systems, Olympus has (together with Panasonic) built an impressive digital imaging system based around its micro 4/3 lens mount. Today, you can choose between more than 30 lenses and 7 or 8 camera (not counting discontinued models), and E-PM2 is one of the company’s latest offerings. It is the smallest and most affordable model in Olympus lineup, but doesn’t lack much functionality of higher-priced models. In fact, it shares many important features of the praised OMD E-M5 model, including excellent 16 megapixel sensor or fast auto focus system.
PEN Mini E-PM2 was introduced alongside PEN Lite E-PL5, the more expensive model. In almost all aspects they are the same camera. For a bigger price, PEN Lite will give you a few extra buttons, external “Mode” dial, removable grip and tilt-able LCD screen (up to 170°for auto-portrait).
The new PEN Mini and PEN Lite will be shipped either with Toshiba Eye-Fi wirelless memory card or the new 15mm lenscap/lens free of charge, but not all combinations will be available in all markets. Please check what’s available in your country.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 is the fast portrait prime lens for micro four-thirds system cameras. With 2x crop factor it has the equivalent field of view of 90mm lens. If you have a micro 4/3 camera with any kit lens (14-42, 12-50 or 14-150) and are looking to buy first lens beyond the kit, this is probably the one you should get. It works without adapter on any camera with micro four-thirds lens mount, such as Olympus PEN and OMD or Panasonic G series cameras.