OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Sample Images

Here’s a selection of images I’ve shot with the OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO zoom lens to give a practical sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens
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The OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens is a versatile all-around lens. With a maximum aperture of f/4, it’s relatively fast but obviously a bit slower than similar f/2.8 lenses. It’s also ruggedized (the “PRO” part), so it takes light rain or spray in stride.

Olympus is now OM System

In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.

It’s designed to go on Olympus / OM System Micro Four Thirds bodies (while it still carries the Olympus branding, it’s fully compatible with the camera bodies that carry the newer OM System brand name). On those, the effective focal length is doubled. So, with its zoom range, it has an equivalent view of a 24-90mm lens on a full-frame body.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens

This is the kit lens included with the OM System OM-5, and this is the version I’ve been using. It previously carried the Olympus branding and was a kit lens for some previous Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the OM-D E-M1 Mark III and OM-D E-M5 Mark III.

I’ve previously posted some visual real-world examples of the zoom range of this lens.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Example Photos

These were shot in RAW and lightly processed in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any optical corrections to these (eg. chromatic aberration, distortion, vignetting, etc).

I’ve tried to include a variety of general travel-type scenes and a range of apertures (although there’s probably not as much variety in the apertures here as I’d like–many ended up being wide open at ƒ/4). You can click on each image for a full-resolution version.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/6.3 and a zoom setting of 20mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 19mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/8 and a zoom setting of 24mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/18 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 21mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 20mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 27mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 29mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/11 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/5.6 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 37mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/8 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 45mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.
OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Sample Image
I took this photo with an OM System OM-5 and an OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO zoom lens at an aperture of ƒ/4 and a zoom setting of 12mm.

Optical Correction Tools

I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And the general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common issues with lenses, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, and lens vignetting when editing the images. All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in already that often cater to specific lens profiles (or you can make your own).

Some more specialized tools can take it even further. DxO, in particular, sets the gold standard. Their software is built on the foundation of their incredibly deep archive of data from their extensive lab testing of the optical performance of lenses and cameras. But there are some other excellent specialized tools available. These are well worth a look (and have free trials):

  • DxO Pure RAW (for a suite of automatic RAW file corrections enhancement)
  • DxO ViewPoint (correcting for distortion and geometry)
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)

Price & Availability of the OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm ƒ/4 PRO Zoom Lens

This is the kit lens included with the OM System OM-5, and this is the version I’ve been using. It previously carried the Olympus branding and was a kit lens for some previous Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the OM-D E-M1 Mark III and OM-D E-M5 Mark III.

You can also buy it as a standalone lens (with Olympus branding) with an MSRP of $699.

Check the current price and availability at:

Accessories for the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Zoom Lens

It takes 57mm screw-on filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | Neutral Density

It comes with a lens hood, but if you need a replacement, the model number is LH-61G.

OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens
It comes with a petal-shaped lens hood (plastic), model number LH-61G.
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David Coleman

I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »

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