The shiny

The Olympus 12mm f2.0 (24mm equivalent) lens is the company's first high-end Micro Four Thirds lens.
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Street savvy

The lens is designed with street shooting in mind; when you pull down the focus ring, you can set it to a distance-based fixed focus. It provides a handy depth-of-field reference as well.
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Aberration

There was a little more aberration than I expected.

(1/125 sec, f4, ISO 200, center-weighted metering, AWB, default JPEG settings, E-P3)
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Sharpness

The lens is sharp, though in this case somewhat exaggeratedly so because of the E-P3's sharpness settings.

(1/125 sec, f4, ISO 200, center-weighted metering, AWB, default JPEG settings, E-P3)
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Distortion

The lens exhibits surprisingly little distortion, though it's possible the E-P3 is performing in-camera distortion control (I don't think so).

(1/30 sec, f11, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, default JPEG settings, E-P3)
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Just another sample

(1/50 sec, f2.2, ISO 250, ESP metering, AWB, default JPEG settings, E-P3)
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Bokeh

The seven-blade aperture in the lens produces very nice out-of-focus highlights.
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