Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens Sample Images

Here’s a selection of images I’ve shot with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO zoom lens to give a practical sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens is a versatile all-round lens. With a maximum aperture of f/4, it’s relatively fast but still obviously a bit slower than 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 it’s an equivalent view of a 24-200mm lens would be on a full-frame body. For the shots below, I used an Olympus OM-1.

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

Olympus 12-100mm f/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 range of apertures. You can click on each image for a full-resolution version.

I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 14mm (28mm in 35mm equivalent).
Zoom Range of the Olympus M-ZUIKO 12-100mm Lens
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 80mm (160mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 13mm (26mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 13mm (26mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 21mm (42mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 15mm (30mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 47mm (94mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 61mm (122mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 80mm (160mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/5.0 and zoom at 92mm (184mm in 35mm equivalent).
Zoom Range of the Olympus M-ZUIKO 12-100mm Lens
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 23mm (46mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/5.6 and zoom at 38mm (76mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 14mm (28mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/5.6 and zoom at 41mm (82mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 54mm (108mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 80mm (160mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 57mm (114mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 15mm (30mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 66mm (132mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 86mm (172mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 29mm (58mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 17mm (34mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 20mm (40mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4.5 and zoom at 38mm (76mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 41mm (82mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/5.6 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 41mm (82mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 29mm (58mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/11 and zoom at 29mm (58mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 54mm (108mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4.5 and zoom at 20mm (40mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 75mm (150mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/6.3 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 35mm (70mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 14mm (28mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 61mm (122mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 28mm (56mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4.5 and zoom at 41mm (82mm in 35mm equivalent).
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens Sample Image
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/5.6 and zoom at 31mm (62mm in 35mm equivalent).
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/4 and zoom at 100mm (200mm in 35mm equivalent).
Zoom Range of the Olympus M-ZUIKO 12-100mm Lens
I took this photo with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS zoom lens on an Olympus OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera at an aperture of ƒ/8 and zoom at 12mm (24mm in 35mm equivalent).

Price & Availability of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens has an MSRP of $1299.

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

It takes 72mm 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-76B.

There’s no model-specific lens case, but there’s a huge range of lens cases available that will work well, from neoprene soft cases to heavy-duty hard cases. When looking to see which lens cases will fit, the dimensions of the lens when retracted (i.e., zoomed out to its smallest physical size) are: 3.05 inches / 77.5mm diameter and 4.59 inches / 116.5 mm long.

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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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