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Olympus launches M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom

By dpreview staff on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:00 GMT
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Olympus has announced a weather-sealed 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 motor zoom lens with macro capabilities. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ covers the 24-100mm equivalent range and is optimized for video capture. It offers multi-speed powered zooming with a manual zoom option. It also has an AF-hold button (marked as L-Fn) that suspends AF to avoid re-focusing on the wrong object. It is the first Micro Four Thirds lens to feature the same level of sealing as the company's high-end SHG lenses for Four Thirds DSLRs.

Press Release:

OLYMPUS® INTRODUCES A NEW MICRO FOUR THIRDS® LENS THAT DELIVERS PEN PERFORMANCE IN THE TOUGHEST CONDITIONS

Olympus’ First Micro Four Thirds Lens with an Electronic Zoom is Quiet, Versatile and Designed to Deliver a Range of Images in a Compact, Dust- and Splashproof Body

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., December 14, 2011 – Olympus adds to its powerfully simple and growing PEN family with the first fully-compatible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ (35mm equivalent 24–100mm) delivers smooth, quiet zooming that gives you versatility, portability and maximizes the performance of the Olympus PEN® compact system cameras.

The sophisticated new lens has a zoom ratio of approximately 4.2x, allowing photographers to capture anything from detailed, wide-angle group shots to medium telephoto-range images so you can get up close and personal for intimate portraits of children and pets – even indoors. The photographer can control the zooming speed by turning the barrel – slowly for drama, quickly for performance, or at an intermediate rate. Manual zooming is also available for those looking to take full control.

In macro mode, which can be set by pushing the zoom ring forward while depressing the macro button on the side of the lens, focusing is possible between 8 and 20 inches for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent). The L-Fn (Lens Function) button suspends the autofocusing operation temporarily to avoid unintended focusing on obstacles that appear suddenly between the camera and the subject.

Perfect for brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video capture, the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ has also been enhanced with a linear motor that drives smooth and quiet autofocusing for stress-free shooting.

New lens elements and glass materials ensure the clearest possible imaging performance, and the proven dust and splashproof mechanism originally featured in the Four Thirds SHG (Super High Grade) series lenses is now incorporated for the first time in a Micro Four Thirds System lens. Multiple sealing rings, fitted throughout the lens body, prevent water splashes and dust from penetrating, making the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ a versatile zoom lens for the toughest conditions.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ: Available Mid-January 2012

Estimated Street Price: $499.99

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lesstax
By lesstax (Jan 3, 2012)

What good is weather sealing for a lens if there is no weather sealed body to go along with it?

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T3
By T3 (Jan 25, 2012)

Obviously, a weather sealed body is coming.

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Mouser
By Mouser (Feb 7, 2012)

Got any other silly questions? ;-)

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samgabnz
By samgabnz (Jun 8, 2012)

The OM-D E-M5 is weather sealed...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 1, 2012)

I was stunned actually when I called Olympus America exactly about this internal zoom or telescoping zoom question last Friday, and they had not clue at all. But word out of Robin in Asia is that it is indeed a full internal zoom optic. Given that the zoom is internal and and focus is also internal focus, that is why it can be classified as weather sealed. I would have thought that they (Olympus) would mention this nice fact on the product page. This new Olympus zoom is now finally quasi cine-lens class and professional video lens class in its internal design. Too bad that it is rather dark.

Maybe Oly (or Panny or a 4rd-party lens maker) will give as an F2.8-3.5 version soon?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 1, 2012)

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2011/12/olympus-mzuiko-12-50mm-f35-63-review.html#more

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1582

Okay, it is rather dark, but considering what all they are giving here, it is a fine specimen indeed. Internal zooming mechanism means no zoom creeping, no telescoping, the ability to use a matte box, no dirt & moisture entering the lens via the telescoping barrel ring areas, and so on.

Too bad neither Canon nor Nikon can ever come out with a zoom lens such as this -- the Canikoners are still building those cheap-cheap-cheap design zooms from the 1960s -- those silly telescoping jobs.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 30, 2011)

Called Olympus product support today to find out 4 sure whether this is going to be an internal zoom or an external (i.e. telescoping front barrel) zoom. Chap I talked with was not 100% certain, and their development team is gone for the holidays. But same chap was 'almost 100% certain' that this will be an internal mechanism zoom, which is what Olympus may apparently mean when they say the lens being "weather sealed." Should know the answer by next week, I was told. The fellow also stated that they had developed this one for video shooting mostly, not for still pix.

Panasonic has two fairly new "power zoom" lenses for M4/3, but I have not handled them so I am not sure if they are internal zoom or telescoping/creeping type. Anybody knows this fact?

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don_van_vliet
By don_van_vliet (Dec 28, 2011)

Bit late to the party but...
A lot of people seem to have their knickers in a twist.

This appears to be a kit lens. Taken as such, it is not that slow compared to the other kit lenses.

Other kit lenses are typically 14-42mm and f3.5 to f5.6. That means they change by f0.75 per 10mm. This lens is exactly the same.

It is virtually as the same speed as other kit lenses at 42mm (f5.75 vs f5.6) except you get a 12mm wide end, slightly longer telephoto end, and weather sealing. Sounds OK to me.

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Tim in upstate NY
By Tim in upstate NY (Dec 28, 2011)

Who is Francis Carver and why has he posted 39 separate times in this one thread?

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RDMPhotos
By RDMPhotos (Dec 27, 2011)

This lens Looks fantastic to me, that little bit wider range in a Zoom is just what the Doctor ordered. I could due without the power Zoom tho, but i guess i can deal with it. Speed seems fins as i shoot almost everything at night on a tripod anyway. I just wish there was a m4/3 camera i could shoot for longer than 60 seconds

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Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Dec 23, 2011)

Right focal range, I didn't think they would get 60mm (120 eq) out of it..... , just a bit slow. However if it is sharp and offers good bokeh at the longer end, then it may be a useful alternative to the 14-42.

Look forward to results on different bodies.

Very strange launch otherwise: why a powered zoom for video while that area is Olympus's weaker point compared to panasonic and other systems is odd. Also why weather sealing but not on body.

As others have said, this probably pre-empts a weather sealed body launch as its kit lens: Clearly this should then offer better HDMI video and perhaps video optimised IBIS which is integrated to the motor zoom ( thus the IBIS knows the zoom is in motion and subrtacts from the stabilisaiton movement)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 24, 2011)

That's hoping for a lot here, isn't it?

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Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Dec 29, 2011)

Not really: Oly know they lag behind in HDMI and there have been more than rumours about a weather sealed body in PEN. I suspect now that they had this lens as the only thing which could go out of pipleline and get some payback for them ....if not a fire sale, then a slightly singhed cash grab!

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MadsR
By MadsR (Dec 21, 2011)

Interesting because of the 12mm option, better than the 14mm f3.5 of the kit lens.
Will be interesting to see the performance compared to the upcoming Panasonic 12-35mm ~f2.8 or lower and compare the prices.

f3.5 is a bit slow. OK for daylight shooting (might replace the kit lens as travel lens, if it is not too heavy) but unusable at night like the kit lens.

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mediokre
By mediokre (Dec 20, 2011)

wish this lens were stabilized. i'd gladly pay $200 more and bear 200g more weight for it. (for video work.)

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dkadc
By dkadc (Feb 13, 2012)

Why on earth would Olympus make a stabilized lens when all Olympus cameras offer image stabilization?

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panpen
By panpen (Feb 19, 2012)

Because the Stabiliser doesn't work in video mode, at least on P1, P2, P3, PL1, PL2, PL3, PM1 or whatever other Olympus has. If its in the lens, as Panasonic, then it can be used in video mode too. I tried to make it simple so most can understand it.

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felix ip
By felix ip (Dec 19, 2011)

It provided a 4.2X zoom ability, electronic zoom, AF-Lock button, and 0.72X macro ability. Thus, I do think it is an all-rounded lens for a novice.

However, about using macro at 50mm f6.3, I am still sorry to say, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 20, 2011)

Why? You need to stop down for macro anyway.

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Klarno
By Klarno (Dec 18, 2011)

I doubt we'd be seeing nearly as much complaining about this lens if this were an f/3.5-5.6 lens. f/6.3 is only a third of a stop slower.

You people are just like the people who were disappointed in the iPhone 4S just because Apple didn't call it the iPhone 5.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

Olympus had dropped the ball on this lens -- yet again. This baby should have been a constant f/8. After all, that's fast enough for the M4/3 folks, isn't it?

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ijack
By ijack (Dec 17, 2011)

So some of you guys complaint about the size, some complaint about the speed.

1) this is a kit lens
2) fast lens will be big
3) small lens will be slow
4) Olympus just announced 2 small fast prime 1/2 year ago, name another manufacturer that has another new prime selling since then

And finally, you either get a weathersealed lens first then a weathersealed camera, or the other way round. Either way, you would get one without another for some time before they introduce the other half of the weather sealed system.

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 16, 2011)

Boy, how I enjoy reading the comments of people bewildered by large apertures and big sensors with many megapixels... I wonder if they know the best night shots are taken with f11 or even narrower apertures. And do they even have a clue of what signal to noise ratio is? What do they want - f2.0 constant aperture zoom lenses for $400? Maybe one day Lensbaby or SLR Magic will come up with such a thing... providing you don't mind soft corners, exacerbated chromatic aberrations and flare. As for the megapixel BS, it is akin to judge a car's handling by its power figures: a rather foolish approach.
It's also amusing how many people judge this lens' IQ without having seen a single photo taken with it. They must have special powers, or something.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

Night shooting at f/22 is even more exciting! Let's push the envelope on this, folks!

$400 for an f/2 lens -- sounds rather expensive, with the myriad of rather affordable f/0.95, f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.7, etc, etc lenses out there already.

And where exactly does "signal to noise" ratio come into the field of optics? On the wide-end or tele-end of the zoom lens?

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 22, 2011)

Woah, Mr. Carver strikes again. That joke about night shooting at f/22 really embarrassed me. And yet... how does he photograph at night? Wide open? Excuse me, sir - night shots with long exposures require narrow apertures. At least those from static objects, taken on a tripod. 'Law of reciprocity': does it ring a bell? No? Thought so... He must be one of those people who uses high ISO sensitivities and keep complaining about their photos having so much noise.
And since when are the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm/f0.95 and the Panasonic 14mm/f1.7 «rather affordable»? The former costs more than twice the Olympus 12-50's price! Mr Carver must be a millionaire!
Finally, he tries to be sarcastic about my comment on sensors. He must have missed all the other comments about the 4/3 sensor size (and there were many). Unfortunately, try as he might, he's not funny. On the contrary, his comments are rather lame.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 24, 2011)

@ M193: So glad you are so tremendously enjoying your busy self in this fine, fine holiday season. On the other hand, do keep in mind that folks buying an using f/0.95, f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.6, etc. max. open iris setting lenses probably do NOT do all of their night shooting in the f11 setting, like apparently you do.

Since I shoot video at 24fps and 30fps at 1/50th or 1/60th of a second exposures, f11 rarely works for me for available light shooting, so sorry. Also, I admit going over ISO 100 on occasions for night shooting -- say, you never really do that?

You can get an f/1.6 UWA lens for under 500 bucks -- would that be still too much for your pocketbook, you say?

Finally, re. the M4/3 sensor size -- it's a done deal, its out and being used. Not much to "comment" on that by now, is there?

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 24, 2011)

I have a gorgeous Olympus OM 50mm/f1.4, which I bought in pristine condition for €130. I hope that's fast enough for you... I don't care about this 12-50 lens because I have some nice little primes that cover its focal length range. I also don't do video with my E-P1: I'm an amateur, purist photographer who can't be bothered with video. If I were into it, I'd buy a video camera and video lenses and wouldn't visit dpreview.
I maintain that long exposures, such as those used to take night photos, require narrow apertures, in order to keep the image from getting overexposed. Try 30'' at f2.0! The idea is to capture the maximum amount of light while keeping exposure value correct. This probably doesn't apply to video, hence your strangeness.
I hope you haven't interpreted my replies as signs of animosity - they aren't. I sincerely wish you have a nice Christmas, F. Carver. You and all people of good will in this world. I'll try my best to have one too.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

@ M1963: previously, I had listed some fast lens maximum open iris aperture numbers for today's light sensitive optics, yours is comfortably in the middle with its f/1.4. It's not an f/1.2 or f/0.95, however. No big deal either way, really.

You are, however, totally dead-wrong when you write nonsense here for all to see that if your were "into video," you would not visit this web site but buy a video camera with video lenses. What a bunch of misguided crock, OMG!

The world's videographers are embracing the new technology, larger sensor D-cameras that DP Review is writing about, don't you know? Now, since you must be independently wealthy even by richy rich UK standards, I guess you could easily go out on any weekday and buy a $10,000 video camcorder with a 1/3-inch sensor and an $8,000 zoom lens for it. Or better yet, buy the largest available sensor 2/3-inch model shoulder-mountable camcorder for upwards of $60,000, and a single $30,000 zoom lens for it.

TBC

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

CONT'D: The rest of us are not so lucky. Or maybe we do not want to be stuck until our dying days with 1/3-inch and 2/3-inch size sensor digital cameras, that could be it, too. Thus our need for finding something better for a whole lot less money, see?

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 25, 2011)

Hope you had a merry Christmas too, FC...

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Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (Dec 16, 2011)

OK so Olympus makes a 12-60 which by all accounts is one of the best 4/3 zoom lenses available. So why not just port it to m4/3 mount? Instead what we have is a brand new lens that tries to be everything but will probably do nothing well. Oh well I won't be opening my wallet on this one.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 18, 2011)

Because a) it would be huge and b) there's no point because you can use the 12-60 on m4/3 with the adapter no problemo.

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 23, 2011)

If it were that easy, they'd have done it long ago, Paul. I'm not spending my hard-earned money on this lens either - not because of its quality (or lack of), but because I've got its focal length range covered already: 17mm/f2.8 Pancake, OM 28mm/f3.5, OM 50mm/f1.4 and the 40-150 zoom. I don't need this lens. When I want to shoot macro, I just invert the OM 50mm. The motorized zoom is just a frippery, it doesn't say anything to me. This lens only makes sense if it is meant to replace the awful 14-42 kit lens.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 24, 2011)

M1963, by now we are thoroughly confused. Do you like this here lens we are discussing -- on doncha?

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 24, 2011)

Francis, how can I answer that before trying it? The 28mm/f3.5 I mentioned earlier is slow - at least by your standards - and yet it offers deliriously beautiful colours and it's a pleasure to use (though not as much as the OM 50mm/f1.4, I admit). So, even if its maximum aperture values are a tad slow, I wouldn't write the 12-50 off based solely on its specifications. It could be better than it seems.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

@ M1963, you continue to confuse me. You said at least twice here in your previous posts that you would not buy this particular Oly 12-50mm lens. Why are you defending it then tooth and nail -- I guess I am just not getting it still.

Also, I don't seem to recall a single blogger here bitching about this lens brightness at its widest 12mm setting. What the bitching and moaning is about, on the other hand, is about its maximum open f/6.3 setting towards the tele end of its short zoom range. Or are you now saying that that is bright and not at all slow even though it is an f/6.3 lens towards its tele end?

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 25, 2011)

FC, I'm sorry to be so blunt, but you are beginning to bother me. You are a 'videographer', I'm a hard-core, flat-earther photographer. I'll never understand you, you'll never understand me, so let's keep it at that. You like to criticize and ridicule everybody and everything - I read your comments at the Pentax Q article, and surely you must have been spreading your prose elsewhere -, which shows either a cynical and provocative attitude or a desperate need to grab everyone's attention - if for all the wrong reasons. As you must have noticed after reading some of the replies you got, it bites back.
For a moment I believed it would be possible to share viewpoints with you, but you are intractable! You seem to think you know everything and all the others are a bunch of ignorant morons. I'm sorry, I haven't got patient for that.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 26, 2011)

@ M1963: Well -- why troll here then if it's so bothersome for you? :-))

So far, nobody had accused me of being a 'videographer,' nor do I remember accusing you of being a 'flat-earther.' So, these clever sounding labels are rarely appropriate in real use, what do you say? And as for the rest of your intricate diatribe posted above -- seems like you had started a serious argument with yourself, and found out quickly that you had lost. Oh, well...

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 26, 2011)

Yes, FC, I've lost... my patience for you. Go annoy someone else.

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emircruz
By emircruz (Dec 16, 2011)

This lens seems lost. Not-so-Macro, Weathersealed, internal power-zoom but not so fast. Sounds like a daytime photo/video beach lens.

I think people were waiting for an m4/3 version of the 12-60 F2.8-4.0 or the 14-54 2.8-3.5.

Personally, I'd keep the 12-50 focal lengths but I'd trade all those features for a constant F2.8 aperture.

I hope the upcomming pannys wont be too expensive.

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kev777zero
By kev777zero (Dec 16, 2011)

it's trying to be a jack of all trades but falls short on doing anything well = FAIL

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 16, 2011)

You can't know that yet. Macro is actually pretty good.

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dave92029
By dave92029 (Dec 16, 2011)

Apparently Olympus has Not been listening to what their customer's really want. FAST GLASS!

A 12-50mm or 12-60mm f2.8-4 is what we want with a camera body that has new sensor that improves low light performance.

How many slow Kit lens does Olympus think we want or need? 14-42, 14-42 II; 14-42 II R; and now a 12-50mm... Duh!

Make a fast zoom lens...Please!

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 18, 2011)

Olympus just released 2 excellent fast lenses, the 45mm f1.8 and 12mm f2. These lenses are perfect for the system, why would you want to stick a huge fast zoom lens on a tiny camera?

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M_Hobart
By M_Hobart (Dec 24, 2011)

Panasonic and Olympus are both revising/refining their zooms in this focal range rather frequently. Pany has had at least 3 versions themselves. I think that the production runs must be rather short :-) Oly has also stated that the 14-42 II [MSC] is equivalent to the 14-42 II R when the lens firmware is updated, which is easy to do.

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Jefftan
By Jefftan (Dec 16, 2011)

Will there be a water-proof MFT camera body from Olympus
if so I will definitely buy it

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tilariths
By tilariths (Dec 15, 2011)

People - this is a VIDEO lens. Video has different requirements. Including brightness.

Olympus just made a couple of awesome, bright primes for m4/3. Use those for your artistic photography needs.

But for shooting videos - this is a very good deal.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

Professional video lenses have constant aperture in the f1.7 to f1.9 range. No videographer out of grade school would dare to call this POS a "video lens." It's more like the Black Hole of Calcutta, mate!

Olympus in MFT makes the poorest specs, highest priced anomalies out there, bar none. A 4x zoom range wannabe lens that has an ever-changing max. open iris of f3.5-6.3, correct? How you gonna shoot video in low-lite at f6.3 in the so-called "tele" setting with this turk, if I may as to so inquire?

Wow, the upcoming Fujifilm X-S1 "advanced digital superzoom" has a fixed, non-removable Fujinon lens on it: one with a 26x zoom range of 24mm through 624mm, and with the built-in 2X teleconverter, up to 1248mm. While having an f2.8-5.6 aperture range.

But I guess the MFT camera crowd has pretty much gotta take whatever Oly and Panny give them, at just about any price they decide to charge them.

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (Dec 18, 2011)

The lens looks great for its purpose and target audience. It's not aimed at video professionals nor is it priced like the lenses you mention. Also it is completely inane to compare it to a Fuji 26x lens of actual focal length 6.1mm-158mm that only has to project a light circle 1/6th the size of a micro4/3rds lens. Buying a lens like that with same equivalent focal length and speed for micro4/3rds would require an armored truck to handle the cost and a crane to handle the weight and size. There is a reason why lenses like this do not exist for any larger sensor camera (even crop sensors).

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

@ SirSeth: I don't think it is too fanciful to compare one new Japanese zoom lens to another new Japanese zoom lens, is it now?

"a Fuji 26x lens of actual focal length 6.1mm-158mm that only has to project a light circle 1/6th the size of a micro4/3rds lens."

How did you figure the "1/6th" part, pls?

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm

Seems like a 2/3rd-inch sensor has an 11mm diagonal (image circle should be just lightly larger than this number), whereas M4/3 has 22.5mm. So, you've got 11mm versus 22.5mm, how do you figure that one is 1/6th of the other one?

Regarding the total surface area of these two form factor sensors... you've got 58mm square with one, and 243 mm square w. the other, so past the image circle issue, the sensors' physical area would be about 4.18-times larger with M4/3 than with 2/3rd.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

Also, there is no reason to theorize about weight and price of high-end phantom lenses -- the world's lens makers are just too stringy to make them in the first place. Why bother, when these days, folks out there will buy up just about anything, no matter how lame & overpriced?

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tilariths
By tilariths (Dec 15, 2011)

What a bunch of idiots commenting on the lens size.

Look at Nex. Look at zooms on Nikon, with its tiny sensor. There is no way around physics. You want a bright, weather sealed lens - here it is. As good as ANYTHING in the industry, and most likely with better optical quality then most.

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petrocan
By petrocan (Dec 15, 2011)

what lens is bright? this zoom? f3.5-6.3???

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

@ petrocan: Never you mind tilariths' attacks. He is coming out of the constant f11 mirror tele lens side of things, so for folks like him, an f3.5-6.3 "Black Hole of Calcutta" lens is indeed super-bright.

As far as the alleged "weather sealing" goes -- well, I would not put much credence into that, if the whole servo zoom lens costs under $500.

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petrocan
By petrocan (Dec 16, 2011)

I don`t want to be rude, but call this zoom fast... i don`t know... but 6.3 is anthing other than fast.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

@ petrocan: Yeah, it's faster than if it was an f/5.6-11 lens, I suppose. Still, rather handy when shooting in the notorious "Black Hole of Calcutta."

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M_Hobart
By M_Hobart (Dec 24, 2011)

Re the Olympus weather sealing, they have been doing that for several of their 4/3 SHG lenses for a few years now and they work well. I've been caught by sudden showers several times and have not had any problems with moisture in either the camera body or the lens. It's not for submersion but has no problems with rain or snow. The introduction of a weather-sealed m4/3 lens is a strong hint that a weather-sealed m4/3 body is coming :-)

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simon65
By simon65 (Dec 15, 2011)

But, eh, it's enormous and preseumably heavy as well, rendering the whole point of a Micro Four Thirds system, pointless.

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 15, 2011)

It is neither. It is not heavy and not enormous. It has about the same small size as the existing tele and superzooms.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

I guess for the MFT shooters, a 210 gram lens is too heavy. Hello, Olympus and Panasonic: please make all of your lenses weigh in at 75 grams or less. We just can't bear them so heavy no more, yessirie!

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M1963
By M1963 (Dec 16, 2011)

Francis Carver, if you have nothing interesting to say about Olympus, Panasonic and MFT, what have you come here for? I don't like canikons (though I respect the people who buy their products), but I don't write bitter, ignorant comments on their cameras and lenses! Maybe you should be a little more positive. Your comments aren't funny or informative, they're no use to anyone.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

@ M1963, I happen to own and use a Panasonic DMC-GH2, and last I checked, that one is a M4/3 form factor camera.

Not that I or anyone else here would need to ask for your preliminary permission to comment. I had read many of your own comments, and they are not nearly as 'hot' as you yourself apparently think that they are.

Re. Canikons, I don't own/use them, not that it would be any of your business if I did, either. Stop being so nosy, and stop telling others what they should be saying or not saying. Only God the Almighty is allowed to do that. Besides, nobody here is stopping YOU from ordering five dozen or more of this new Oly miracle lens, now do we?

Merry Christmas & Happy 2012, Dude!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

wondering if Panasonic and Olympus' next move will be re-introducing the "push-pull zooms" to the market and make them look cool...once again...

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QuixoticTonic
By QuixoticTonic (Dec 20, 2011)

That's a funny comment, but there are advantages to having power zoom for video whereas in still photography it was more of a gimmick.

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Dec 15, 2011)

Olympus...Panasonic G3...copy its basic design for legacy lens users and tweak the AF system so that it has Nikon V1 speed...its that simple.

Every time I begin to wonder if I made a mistake ebaying my large collection of Oly gear because that super m4/3 is around the corner.... I see another product roll out like this and realize these boys & girls don't have a clue let a alone a plan.

The lens should sit well on the old sub standard 12 MP sensor bodies they produce.

Micro they say.....What a joke

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mapgraphs
By mapgraphs (Dec 15, 2011)

If Olympus is comparing this lens to the SHG line, it probably signals a "pro" MFT body with a new sensor that has a much higher working ISO range is in the works. Sounds like Olympus might be raising the bar.

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Dan4321
By Dan4321 (Dec 15, 2011)

Not exactly 'micro', what's the point of this lens? Slightly larger zoom range than a standard kit lens, but more than twice the size? What a joke. What kind of user would want this thing?

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

people from "34rumors"

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grahamdyke
By grahamdyke (Dec 15, 2011)

"delivers smooth, quiet zooming", yeah cos all the other lenses I own make a real racket when I move the zoom ring, defening! How can a motor make less noise than no motor?

The marketting boys need to be locked away for a bit, while someone with a brain checks the text...

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Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (Dec 15, 2011)

50mm at F6.3 ... jeebus ...
Definitely one for the wider end fans.

i'm keeping my 4/3rds 14-54MkI then.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Dec 15, 2011)

This is meant to be a step up from a standard kit lens. That is, as a better kit+new camera, because its probably not interesting enough to buy separately. Mainly because of that 6.3. But look at it this way,it's probably still F5.6 at 42mm like the kit lens, it's just a little extra on both ends. Also this has the macro feature, which works best zoomed all the way in, and you don't want a fast aperture when shooting up close because it'd need to be a very good lens to have good results doing macro at F2.8 for example. At 6.3 tho, you can't go wrong. That is if the performance is at least as good as its looks and built.

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mrtaufik
By mrtaufik (Dec 15, 2011)

Bwahahaha ... small lens, yea right. Maybe 4/3 users will need micro lens then ...

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ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Dec 15, 2011)

LOL! Well done Olympus, a weathersealed lens and (maybe) a weathersealed body is really going to improve the dynamic range of that sensor.

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Dec 15, 2011)

LOL... 50mm f/6.3 - on a noisy sensor... oh wait, it'a weatherseled!

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JosephScha
By JosephScha (Dec 15, 2011)

Really? 12 to 50 f/3.5 to f/6.3??? When did a lens get to lose two f stops over just a factor of 4 zoom range?

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freiherrfoto
By freiherrfoto (Dec 15, 2011)

I want ONE!!!

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Alex Poltorak
By Alex Poltorak (Dec 15, 2011)

I have a stupid question and need enlighten - which body is Dust and Splashproof this weather sealed lens is going to be used on?

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zevobh
By zevobh (Dec 15, 2011)

E5, mainly. but the E3 and E1 as well.

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gillamoto
By gillamoto (Dec 15, 2011)

but this lens is for MICRO four third.. it is the pens, not the dslrs.

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Nappe1
By Nappe1 (Dec 15, 2011)

Usually in case of Olympus, this signals for new body coming soon. We'll see if it's OM - style with in body EVF or Pen F -style. The first one is missing from the Olympus line up.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Dec 15, 2011)

zevobh, this lens is not for the E5, it is for the PEN and other micro FT bodies. None are weather sealed but the Oly users hope for a weather sealed body soon. I think the issue with this lens is not that it is or it is not weather sealed, but the fact that it is so slow. Even if Oly will make a pro MFT body this lens would hardly be the first choice of a pro photographer. For video yes, this may be a very good lens, but it is pretty expensive for a dedicated video lens to be used on a primarily still image camera...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

@ olyflyer: If you shoot video at say 30fps = 30p, you should set your shutter speed at 1/6th or 1/100th, right? Okay, so you are in the so-called "tele" setting with this Holy Oly dud at 50mm, you are now shooting at 1/60th or 1/100th at f6.3, correct? Where exactly? Could be a good beach lens still, but do not bother to bother with it after the Sun goes down or indoors.

Videographers always need much faster lenses than photo shooters do, because pro video shooters do not monkey around the shutter speed, like the photo shooters easily can.

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evshrug2
By evshrug2 (Dec 16, 2011)

Francis,
If you need 30fps, then you need a shutterspeed at least 1/30 of a second and it needs to be a multiple of that speed - so most often 1/60 will be the shutterspeed. Not sure about you, but most photography I do can easily work with that shutterspeed. Only time that would be a challenge is in available light documentary, and in that respect the image quality STILL beats the common camcorder. Pro video shooters ought to control light, extra lighting equipment is pretty much "assumed" for a "pro" cinemagraphic setup. In any case, your knowledge clearly illustrates that you are not a pro video shooter, so all your complaints are moot opinions anyway.

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evshrug2
By evshrug2 (Dec 16, 2011)

Alex,
I sincerely hope this is indication of a new body from Oly. Clearly this lens (& probably a new body) have been in development since before the Olympus board scandal, & I would love to see the continued health of Oly Imaging R&D. I'm actually impressed because this lens has a nice focal range & specialization in macro AND video. I feel this, combined with the nice tidy primes, makes for an excellent system.

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (Dec 18, 2011)

Why are people so daft to understand that not every lens made needs to be able to record HD video in dark allies at night? The idea of interchangeable lenses bounces off your brains. Need dark allies? Get a dark allies lens. Need a weather sealed versatile lens for photos and video in good lighting. Nearly all Micro lenses are a bit slower than DSLR lenses because manufacturers are trying to strike a balance between system size (a main selling point) and quality. Olympus makes great lenses that produce great images. This won't fit the bill for everyone. It's not supposed to. I've love this lens along with the 45mm f1.8, 20mm f1.7, and 12mm f2.0. And if they make a great 100mm macro, I'll be in heaven.

I also expect Olympus to announce/release a completely new type of Micro camera within the next 6 months that is sealed and competitive with their flagship.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 21, 2011)

Sorry, for 30 fps you need 1/60th or 1/100th shutter speed, not 1/6th. Honestly, some of the keys on my KB stick -- time to get a new one.

@ evshrug2: "pro video shooters" most likely would not use this new Olympus lens for anything other than a temporary door stop. Not that I meant to offend Olympus, in fact I hope they will in fact survive the current crises.

And although I do happen to have a GH2 camera (for only $630, how could I pass it up?), I do not consider this rather weird M4/3 format and the lenses made for it so far all that professional. Not that they have to be, mind you.

@ SirSeth: All true, but many folks commenting mentioned that since it is so slow, this will be a "good video lens." I merely disagreed, as I don't think a "video lens" has to be slower than a comparable "photo lens." Even the Oly press release is talking up the servo zoom on this lens as good for video. Too bad that of the Japanese lens makers, only Fuji and Canon make pro video lenses.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Dec 15, 2011)

With a wide open aperture of f/6.3 I hope it is sharp wide open :)

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Jarkko Lehtinen
By Jarkko Lehtinen (Dec 15, 2011)

The difference between CoNikon and Olympus lenses are traditionally that the Oly lenses are sharp at wide open. The 4/3 series are superb lenses - best on the market. But I know that the bodies are not so modern anymore and need a new sensor...

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PaulSnowcat
By PaulSnowcat (Dec 15, 2011)

Right, 4/3 had the best optics among DSLR systems. But instead of developing the success they just killed it.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

not likely since at f6.3 diffraction already kicks in...

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

@Jarkko Lehtinen
Olympus best optics and sharp wide open?
it appears to be sharp at wide open because there is no improvement even though you stop down the lens.
43 sensors are smaller and diffraction degrade IQ sooner..you just cancel out the improvements..

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evshrug2
By evshrug2 (Dec 16, 2011)

Mitsuoka,
Compare MFT graphs of Oly lenses vs anything else on the market; you'll see they stand up as very sharp and very very competitive.

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Lights
By Lights (Dec 15, 2011)

Wide end isn't a portrait focal length so 3.5 doesn't give background blur:who cares. Wide end is for extended DOF.
Macro is .72 better than some with that label(macro) and maybe handy if only one lens with? Again all faster apertures do for macro is make the DOF so thin that it's unusable.
Yeah it could be faster at the long end...and is bumping against diffraction.
The power zoom I could live without, but might be good for video shooters.
Oly is calling it a "standard lens" and it is weather sealed. So looks like a weather sealed M43 body is coming along and this will be a kit lens for it quite possibly.

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zevobh
By zevobh (Dec 15, 2011)

I really want a weather sealed m43 camera, or any smaller weather sealed camera for that matter. the fact that the cheapest camera with weather sealing is $1200 (d7000) is a real shame.

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ck139
By ck139 (Dec 15, 2011)

Actually the Pentax K5 is truly weather sealed and is cheaper than the D7000. I am not sure that the latter is weather sealed in any case.

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fmian
By fmian (Dec 15, 2011)

This lens only confirms Olympus' strategy to dumb down their own current and potential user base.

Give more zoom and a 'power' label, with smaller glass so people can less appreciate good optics.

Market your macro numbers so the number is bigger, confusing and misleading novice buyers.

State in product brochures that the 4/3 sensors are LARGE. (seriously, WTF?)

Start a marketing campaign in which your own cameras are called 'real' cameras. Whatever that means.

It's about as genius as Apple calling the ipad 'magical'.

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JonSr
By JonSr (Dec 15, 2011)

but iPad is magical. you likely don't have one or don't have a child.

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zevobh
By zevobh (Dec 15, 2011)

mr jon ives, is it?

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 15, 2011)

But 4/3 sensors ARE large. Not the largest ones in the world but very large compared to the average camera. They don't have to get bigger, just better.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

10-4 on most of that, dude. M4/3 sensor is indeed small. Yeah, it is bigger than a 1/6th or 1/3rd of an inch sensor, so what? There are plenty larger sensor cameras out there now than M4/3 -- the APS-C variants, digital Super 35, full-frame 135, medium format, and so on.

Anyone believing that a MFT camera is a "large sensor camera" is fooling himself/herself.

A lens such as this "new" on from Oly was old news decades ago, and back then the image circle had to cover a much larger 35mm frame.

I understand that Olympus is still looking for the "missing" $2 billion that its board of directors embezzled, so maybe they should charge $1,000 for this lens here, so they can get back to profitability before the year 2525?

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Dec 15, 2011)

OK.... we can nitpick about this lens all we want. And there are plenty of good reasons to buy it or not buy it, based on your needs.

But... the real story here is that M4/3 has just given potential buyers one more reason to buy into M4/3 rather than NEX, NX, Nikon 1, or Pentax Q.

Lets look at the available native lenses for each format:

M4/3............26 AF lenses (9 primes, 15 zooms)
NX.................9 AF lenses (5 primes, 4 zooms)
NEX...............7 AF lenses (4 primes, 3 zooms)
Pentax Q........5 AF lenses (4 prime, 1 zoom) 2 of which are "toy lenses"
Nikon1 ..........4 AF lenses (1 prime, 3 zooms)

M4/3 is so far ahead of their competitors in lens availabilty that it's not even funny. Even if don't count the duplicate R and MSE versions, you still have a choice of around 22 AF lenses for M4/3.

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zevobh
By zevobh (Dec 15, 2011)

done forget the SLR magic lenses either.

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zxaar
By zxaar (Dec 15, 2011)

@Marty to use any camera you need only the lens you would need. You do not need to buy all the lenses a camera maker offers. m43 may have 35 lenses but if other maker has just 1 lens and thats what you want then those 35 are useless.

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Dec 15, 2011)

Depends on how and when someone uses the camera. Having a wide choice of lenses is still better than sticking to the kit one.
Many are satisfied with the kit lens - but then again, if I bought an m4/3 it's not because I'm a professionist, but rather because having a choice of different lenses I deem important for my evolving as an amateur photographer.
So I think Marty has a point there.
Especially because I don't think someone that chooses interchangeable system cameras would be satisfied by the only kit lens - there are plenty of high quality P&S that accomodate that need and that market share.

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ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Dec 15, 2011)

But how many of those lenses are fast? And how many of them deliver good optical quality? And how many deliver fast, good optical quality at a reasonable cost? My fingers are waiting.

Fact is, of those 26 lenses, you have ONE macro lens which gives a mediocre performance compared with say the Tamron 90mm which is available for much less. You have zoom lenses from Olympus and Panasonic which either duplicate or overlap the zoom ranges and are unusable without a tripod. (And they are BIG!) You then have some fast primes which, again, are overpriced compared to the competition and deliver unremarkable performance (especially coupled to that small sensor). And another thing is that the majority of those lenses cancel out the much vaunted size benefit that M4/3 brings. What's the difference in size between an Olympus EP3 with a Panaleica 25mm and EVF and a Nikon 5100 with the Nikkor 35mm???

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compositor20
By compositor20 (Dec 15, 2011)

check lenstip.com to see if the panasonic 45mm f2.8 OIS is a mediocre... it is outstanding... it could have a little better corners for a macro thats the only con

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Dec 15, 2011)

@ zxaar.....

You're right. You can only use one lens at a time. But the whole point of ANY ILC system is "lenses." And M4/3 has a huge advantage over all the others right now in that regard.

If you are happy with just one lens, you might be better off with a nice fixed lens compact like an S95, XZ1, or LX5, or perhaps a Fuji X100 or Fuji X10.

Fact is... once you get beyond ten different lenses, you start to get into specialty territory. Lenses that don't have broad appeal, but just are wanted by some consumers. M4/3 is the only system that goes beyond the basics now.

And precisely who really wants toy lenses for a $700 camera?

@ ChrisKramer1...

You ask "how many of those lenses are fast?" Well, how about the
12mm f/2.0
14mm f/2.5
20mm f/1.7
25mm f/1.4
45mm f/1.8

Show me 5 fast primes for any other MILC system.
Wait... show me just 3.

They simply don't exist for any system except M4/3

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3dwag
By 3dwag (Dec 14, 2011)

For all the complaints below, I think that this is potentially an excellent lens.

It certainly presages a weather-sealed body (and I'll bet with built-in EVF and better sensor).

If it has excellent optics throughout the zoom range and wide-open, then given the small size, power/internal zoom, and weather sealing it will be well-worth the asking price - even more so when discounted later!

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low-fi
By low-fi (Dec 14, 2011)

Iym confused what the power zoom means, does the lens barrel extend when you zoom out?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Yes, it does, because at this price all you get is the barreling non-internal zoom design. Not an internal zoom lens. You can either turn the zoom ring on the Olympus 12-50mm's barrel by hand, as done traditionally, or else turn the rearmost ring left/right for motorized variable speed zooming in/out. Based on the photo I am looking at.

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

According to the German announcement, zooming is internal. Both the power zoom feature and the weather sealing, as well as the size on the pictures, makes me hope it's true. Although probably too good to be true.

http://www.photoscala.de/Artikel/Schnell-und-leise-MZuiko-Digital-ED-35-5612-50-mm-EZ

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Jogger
By Jogger (Dec 15, 2011)

There are no focal length markers on the barrel. i.e. the lens zooms entirely by wire; there is no direct heliocoil mechanical connection at all.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

@ Tobias: Maybe in Germany this will be an internal zoom lens, probably not over here in the States, however.

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PolarHki
By PolarHki (Dec 14, 2011)

Weather sealing is nice, but what does it help since Olympus doesn't seem to have a correspondingly weather sealed body in their Micro Four Thirds lineup?

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Wickster
By Wickster (Dec 15, 2011)

My guess...well as probably stated by a lot of people here already is that, this lens is a precursor to an upcoming weather sealed m4/3 body. Let's just hope that's true.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Typically Dark Ages Dark lens at F6.3. For a small sensor like MFT, ha-ha-ha-ha. Talk about charging the high price and taking the low road out, hmmm?

And why is this thing only 12-50mm, instead of 12-60mm?

On the + side, if you get this and do not need a lot of light from your lens, you may be able to hold-off buying their expensive 12mm prime.

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thinkfat
By thinkfat (Dec 14, 2011)

The interesting bit in the announcement is not the actual lens, which sadly now will not replace my 14-54 MkII.

The question to ask is: For what camera would Olympus make a weather sealed M.ZUIKO lens? Hmmm.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Dec 14, 2011)

well f/6.3 is f/6.3 and for 4/3 sensor which start to challenge the diffraction somewhere along the f/8.0 , this is somewhat too limited. Humbly I would reserve judgement until I see the result from the lens as regard the IQ, but practicality , well I think Olympus just try to do too many things altogether with this lens.

They go for weather sealing, power zoom, Video centric AF/aperture control , and they went for the zoom range.

Can't they figure that out already, the M4/3 user do not need yet another kit zoom which run the usual 3.5-5.6 ( arrgh, its 6.3 ). There is a need for a decent mid range speed constant aperture ( 12-60/4.0 would be good ) that can do the workhorse duty or a fst one ( with more limited zoom range, might be just the established 14-42 but with a f/2.4 )

None the less, good try but sorry no real point gain so far.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

The servo zoom portion actually looks pretty neat -- variable speed, servo/manual selectivity. But this should have been a constant F2.8 zoom at a higher price, not something this dark past the UWA setting. Servo zooming is great for video shooters, but you just cannot shoot decent video at f6.3, that's for sure.

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Phil Flash
By Phil Flash (Dec 14, 2011)

Gee, 6.3 at the long end. Thanks. That'll come in handy. /sarcasm.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Yeah. Heck, come to think of it, maybe they should have made it a CONSTANT APERTURE f11 instead.

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deleted_081301
By deleted_081301 (Dec 14, 2011)

wellthis is one gimmick i dont need ;)

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Xon_Fedaa
By Xon_Fedaa (Dec 14, 2011)

"for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent)."

I KNEW it was only a matter of time before some lens manufacturer started presenting their magnification ratio in this very misleading manner. This lens would normally feature a 0.36X magnification ratio; but the marketing geniuses know that 0.72X sounds much better.

One more bit of data macro photographers must now scrutinize before selecting their equipment. Hey, Oly! This is not appreciated!

As a solution, a new across-the-board standard needs to come into normal usage. How? Simple. Manufacturers should simply present "area captured" statistics, which would be directly comparable, even across formats of different sensor sizes.

Perhaps DPR can lead this effort by publishing such a statistic for all relevant equipment reviews?

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Dec 14, 2011)

Maybe it is only 12-20 mm but they somehow make it appear as 12-50 mm?

;)

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SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Dec 14, 2011)

> ... Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom.

I wonder why manufacturers still bother with such useless gimmicks. There's nothing more intuitive, more instant than a properly designed, smoothly operating mechanical zoom ring. I can't imagine anyone preferring fiddly pushbuttons on the top or the back of the camera over such direct control on the lens when composing a picture. I also wonder how much extra cost went into the development and the manufacture of this "feature" and to what degree this useless extra will contribute to the overall repair returns in the long run? I think the money would have been better spent on further improvements in optical quality, choice of materials, durability and such. On the other hand ... a high quality 24-100 mm lens is almost the ideal lens for me. If it was 20 mm longer it would be even better as for me 24-120 mm cover 95% of all photographic situations. Such a lens could become a fixed feature on my camera.

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Vlad S
By Vlad S (Dec 14, 2011)

Because twisting the lens barrel makes video look wobbly.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Dec 14, 2011)

Vlad S is right- this is a balanced lens for video use.

I'm not a video guy... so I'm pretty "meh" about this lens.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

There is no button to push for the servo zoom -- merely turn the rear barrel left/right. Further, this is a variable speed servo zoom lens. Of course, if you don't need the motorized zoom functionality, you can turn the ring on the barrel manually.

I cannot help thinking that the dreaded zoom creeping phenomenon is less bothersome, i.e. less evident with a servo zoom lens than with a regular photographic zoom. Anyone having experience w. the two Panny MFT servo zooms to decide?

Since Panasonic already has two servo zooms for the MFT format, it was not unexpected that Olympus would catch up with them eventually. Unfortunately, they dropped the ball by going only to 50mm instead of 60mm, and by making the glass so dark. It's probably at f6.3 from 25mm onward, wow!

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tilariths
By tilariths (Dec 15, 2011)

This is for shooting VIDEO. Hopefully they can also drive it from the body.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 15, 2011)

A good video lens is f1.7, f1.8, or f1.9 throughout its zooming range. But I guess for MTF videographers, an f6.3 maximum full-wide, fully open aperture at a 50mm "tele" focal length is all that they deserve to get from stingy Olympus.

Could still work okay on the beach and on snow-capped mountaintops when the Sun is out, right?

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tilariths
By tilariths (Jan 3, 2012)

Francis, shut up. You do not know what you are talking about.

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dsli111
By dsli111 (Dec 14, 2011)

a weather-sealed lens which can be used only in sunny day

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 14, 2011)

Quite an exaggeration. I have a Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 that I was using last week on a heavily overcast day with light snow. ISO was in the 200-400 range with shutter speeds good enough for anything but the fastest action. f5.6 vs f6.3 is 1/3 of a stop.

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kev777zero
By kev777zero (Dec 15, 2011)

well your APSC Canon receives an extra 2/3 of a stop, so make that 1 whole stop of difference...making ISO 400-800....you'll definitely see noise on that 3yr old oly sensor by then

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Bizzarrini
By Bizzarrini (Dec 15, 2011)

It doesn't work that way. We're talking exposure here, not DOF. A third of stop is a third of a stop, no matter what the sensor format is...

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tilariths
By tilariths (Dec 15, 2011)

Video shooting at 1080p has lower requirements.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 14, 2011)

OK, here's why they went for the slow aperture:

m. Zuiko 12-50 f3.5-6.3
83mm L x 57mm Dia, 52mm filter
211g

Zuiko 12-60 f2.8-4
99mm L x 80mm Dia, 77mm filter
575g

So roughly 1/3 the weight and 2/3 the size of the regular 4/3 12-60.

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Skeeterbytes
By Skeeterbytes (Dec 14, 2011)

Good summary. I'll add half the price, to boot.

Definitely slower than I'd prefer, but portends a weatherproof body on the way to go with the weatherproof lens.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Olympus is certainly making their MFT lenses cheaper and cheaper. I guess the company is still trying to recover that missing $2,000,000,000 that floated over from Nippon to the Caymans. Every little bit helps.

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