Passion for the Camera: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO in Hiroshima

By Shinya Yoshimori

The lens alone is enough to capture a beautiful port town

As I wrote in my previous post, I used the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II during holidays. I borrowed three M.ZUIKO PRO lenses (7-14mm F2.8, 25mm F1.2 and 12-100mm F4.0) from the company. Not surprisingly, I liked the 12-100mm F4.0, a high magnification zoom lens, the most of the three lenses.

My hometown is in Shobara, a mountain area in Hiroshima. Here you see stark landscapes in winter―they are hardly attractive as a subject. So I decided to go to Onomichi with my local photo friends after the turn of the year.

Onomichi is a port town in south-east of Hiroshima, facing the narrow Onomichi Channel. It is famous for temples, hills, novels and films. It is of course familiar to me as I saw films staged in this town such as Tokyo Story and works of Nobuhiko Obayashi. I have been here a couple of times before, but the last time I did so was more than five years ago. Then I carried the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with me.

I think that the best part of photographing Onomichi is walking slowly on the hills. But this time I focused only on Senkoji Park for I didn’t have much time. With the park high from the ground, I saw the landscape of the city below my eyes. I would capture it by the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO.

Sample images

The size of this lens is 116.5mm in width. The filter is 72mm in diameter. And it is 561g. As a Micro Four-Thirds interchangeable lens, it is big and heavy. Compare it to usual high-magnification zoom lenses. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II is, for example, 83mm in width with the filter 58mm in diameter, and it is 285g. The Tamron 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III is 80.4mm, 52mm and 285g. Not only is the size of the 12-100mm F4.0 larger than the other two; its weight is almost twice more than usual. But if you think that it produces much better optical performance than the standard series and has excellent dust- and drip-proof feature and robustness, it is still compact enough.

If f-number at the open aperture or telephoto angle matters to you, the combination of the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO with the 40-150mm F2.8 PRO will be the best. But if you consider that the latter is bulky and changing lenses is tiring, you will conclude that the 12-100mm F4.0 PRO alone is enough in many scenes―like I did in Onomichi.

Shinya Yoshimori

He is a professional photographer in Japan. He comments on cameras and lenses and is regarded in the industry as the man who likes cameras the most in the world. He loves everything about cameras from taking photos to seeing to touching to buying and dreaming of cameras. Not surprisingly, he collects a variety of cameras from digital to compact to classical to silver salt. The column title expresses his deep passion for them in his native accent (Hiroshima in western Japan)―Washa camera ga sukinajya (I love cameras).

New name: the title of Yoshimori’s column has been slightly changed from “My Passion is the Camera”.

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