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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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Total comments: 274
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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 14, 2011)

I would like to have a same version, bit slimmer, non weather sealed, with or without powered zoom, and cheaper. That is still realistic. And I can use it for my everyday (day time) on the camera lens. I would actually like Oly to give that lens as kit lens to all the new Light Pens. Once that lens is accepted and tested then I would think of making this lens. It is still not bad.

People who are thinking to get constant f/2.8 or start at wide f/2.8 apperture. Guys for God sake, wake up .. its almost christmas and end of the year now.

Have you ever seen Pentax 16-50 f/2.8 DSLR?? its huge even with smaller equivalent focal length. Its huge comparatively and is atleast 2.5 times heavier at 565g. I would never like to put that lens on my little Oly or Pannys with or without adapters.

Let Oly build such bodies first, or why not you guys just upgrade to E5 and your fav heavy weight lens and stop crying and being pathetic.

1 upvote
goblin
By goblin (Dec 14, 2011)

Haven't been that desapointed since the release of Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace...

3 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Dec 14, 2011)

People can see this in terms of marketing strategy, but I've thought for a while now that M 4/3 needs a wider-ranging kit lens for people who either don't want to change lenses or mount a huge 14-150mm. It's too bad about the f/6.3, I just wonder how well AF will work if you stop down from there at all. I see this as brig something like Nikon's 18-105mm, though a little wider and darker.

0 upvotes
Pangloss
By Pangloss (Dec 14, 2011)

and tougher... and lighter... and cheaper... and it doubles as a macro lens.

4 upvotes
Managarm
By Managarm (Dec 14, 2011)

For people who don't want to mount a huge 14-150?
This 12-50 is exactly the same length like the 14-150, it's only slightly less in diameter.

From about normal focal length on the superzoom is actually brighter than this new lens. I don't think that's a really good idea...

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

There are no "huge" native MFT lenses out there at all. They all weigh well under 1000 grams, most of them under 500 grams. Maybe that is the root of the problem. The mfrs are trying to convince us that a "proper" MFT lens has to be around 100 grams or less. I'm not buying it.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 18, 2011)

CDAF isn't limited by aperture, also it's an automatic diaphragm so it will autofocus wide open even if you stop it down ;)

0 upvotes
ecm
By ecm (Dec 14, 2011)

too little, too late....

0 upvotes
max metz
By max metz (Dec 14, 2011)

F6.3 at an effective 100mm breaks new ground... m43 does it again! lol

2 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 14, 2011)

well yes record breaking, as it gets better than any kit lens focal length, macro, sealed and powered with SHG glass.

Think what others are offering ... :))))
Sony, Pentax and what about Fuji claims .. they havent even started in ILCs yet.

Well done!

3 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Next one out from them will be a constant aperture f11 zoom, just weight and see.

0 upvotes
kev777zero
By kev777zero (Dec 15, 2011)

I'd rather take a NEX kit lens & its sensor over oly's 3yr old sensor plus a bunch of useless lenses like this one

0 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Dec 14, 2011)

"...focusing is possible between 8 and 20 inches for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent)..."

The author of this news piece ought to know that image magnification is independent of crop factor.

1 upvote
Joesiv
By Joesiv (Dec 14, 2011)

He did know, which is why he mentions 35mm camera equivalent...

1 upvote
sacundim
By sacundim (Dec 14, 2011)

What you're citing is a press release, written by Olympus. While these do serve a purpose, they're not exactly shining examples of unbiased journalism...

1 upvote
Cax
By Cax (Dec 14, 2011)

So is focal length. I'm so tired of that ignorant gripe. If you have a sensor at half scale with the same amount of pixels, you will get the same image with half the magnification. It's the size of the image projected relating to the sensor size that's important, not the absolute size of the image (or the sensor). We know you think big sensors are cool, but big pixels aren't helping you with your magnifications, sorry.

1 upvote
Vlad S
By Vlad S (Dec 14, 2011)

AngryCorgi, technically speaking you are correct. The magnification has always been related to the size of the object, not the size of the frame. So in the old days 0.72x would have meant that in the plane of the sensor the size of the image is 72% of the size of the actual object.

For some silly reason when Leica released its 45 macro, they included the µ4/3 2x multiplication factor in their description of multiplication. Probably because otherwise people would be upset that a 0.5x lens is called "macro."

I guess we have to get used to the fact that terminology will keep changing as new technology imposes new ways of using it.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Cax
By Cax (Dec 14, 2011)

The question is whether you are going to adapt the numbers for other formats to 135 equivalents or not. Right now, people are adapting the focal lengths, and nothing else, which makes for bogus comparisons and misunderstandings. The lens in question is a 12-50/3.5-6.3 lens with .36x magnification at the sensor. It is equivalent to a 24-100/7-12.6 lens with a .72x magnification on a 135 camera, where ISO100 on the 4/3 camera is equivalent to ISO400 on the 135 camera. Equivalent in terms of angles of view, aperture (which defines depth of field and amount of light captured), image scale and noise (given equivalent sensor technology). That is the law, there is no debate.

2 upvotes
thinkfat
By thinkfat (Dec 14, 2011)

Um, there was once a 50mm f3.5 Macro for the Canon FD system. It was 1:2 if not used together with a 25mm distance ring. Still it was a macro.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Whatever you say, Cax.

0 upvotes
David J Barber
By David J Barber (Dec 15, 2011)

Cax, there is plenty of debate.

0 upvotes
M1963
By M1963 (Dec 17, 2011)

Cax, aperture is NOT affected by sensor size. There is no 'crop factor' regarding aperture: f3.5 is f3.5 with a MFT sensor or with a FF or Medium Format sensor. And don't talk about 'ignorant gripe' - it may bite back.

0 upvotes
Adjuster
By Adjuster (Dec 14, 2011)

For all those who are critical of the slow aperture, my bet is that this lens will be part of the a new micro four thirds weather sealed pro version camera that will have a new sensor we have all been salivating over.

So, just as the E-5 was criticized before anyone go their hands on it, let's wait a bit and see what happens next. Olympus engineering is anything but stupid.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
6 upvotes
ecm
By ecm (Dec 19, 2011)

Sorry, I just don't believe that any more. I waited for a year for an update to the E-620 before I found out that it wasn't coming. Where's the E-50?? And for that matter, is there EVER going to be an E-7? Olympus is not going to produce a pro-level camera when they can make so much money producing consumer-level pap. They've started down the same path as Polaroid, Vivitar and Kodak- starting with a respected system, gradually degrading quality until eventually they're considered to be the next Holga.

0 upvotes
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (Dec 14, 2011)

I'm a bit disappointed with 6.3 on the tele end, but the weather sealing sort of makes up for it.
Sealed lens? Then a sealed body can't be far off... looks like somebody at Olympus is listening to "give us tough, compact camera to take everywhere" crowd. I would be interested.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
Biggstr
By Biggstr (Dec 14, 2011)

The marketing process behind this lens may be very simple: Olympus desperately needed a new high-quality kit zoom to upgrade its lens lineup, especially if it planned to release a so-called PEN-Pro that could compete in the increasingly vibrant enthusiast mirrorless camera market that includes Sony, Panasonic, and soon Fuji. It now has that lens. Let's hope the PEN-Pro is not far behind. This is not the legendary 12-60mm F2.8-4 four thirds lens redesigned for MFT. As pointed out below, fast zooms tend to be big and heavy, which runs counter to the appeal of the MFT standards in offering smaller and lighter cameras and lenses with high IQ.

3 upvotes
aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Dec 14, 2011)

A new high-mechanical-quality kit zoom lens, yes. But I don't think that it'll impress optically. Resolution-wise f/4 is the sweet spot for (micro)four-thirds cameras. Beyond that diffraction effects dampen the resolution.

1 upvote
ksdoug
By ksdoug (Dec 14, 2011)

The aperture on this lens is really dissapointing. I was really hoping for a fast zoom.

0 upvotes
peterwr
By peterwr (Dec 14, 2011)

f6.3 @ 100mm equivalent? What were they thinking?

And when are they going to bring out a weatherproof camera to go with it?

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (Dec 14, 2011)

no IS = not for video capture

0 upvotes
tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

Just use a tripod.

1 upvote
Adjuster
By Adjuster (Dec 14, 2011)

The Olympus bodies have IS.

3 upvotes
Joele
By Joele (Dec 14, 2011)

Adjuster:

As a gh2 and ep-3 owner I can tell you from experience IBIS is no good for video.. Unlike in lens IS on the GH2 the IBIS creates a kind of jelly effect which is very noticeable..

1 upvote
datiswous
By datiswous (Dec 14, 2011)

For what I know the IBIS from Olympus doesn't work with video.

Correction: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusepl3/page10.asp
So there is IBIS, but the technique is different. I think for video a Panasonic lens might be a better option (if you don't want to use a tripod).

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (Dec 14, 2011)

Oly's use electronic image stabilisation for video, which is why they suffer from that god awful jello effect. Panasonic (who are market leaders in video) were smart and went with lens stabilisation; which outside of an expensive and unwieldy steadicam solution is the ideal implementation.

1 upvote
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 14, 2011)

Every lens system has its advantages, I like Oly IBIS as it help me even with fast primes. Yes some time you need IBIS even with primes.. love it with oly 45mm, Pany 20mm and 14mm primes

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Dec 14, 2011)

The anomaly here is that Oly is calling this a video lens even though IS is critical for video lenses; esp. slow zooms at tele. They are not providing the user with a viable IS solution with this lens. Marketing this as a video lens is pure BS on their part.

0 upvotes
blohum
By blohum (Dec 14, 2011)

There's nothing stopping you putting a Panasonic stabilised lens on an Olympus body.

0 upvotes
Klarno
By Klarno (Dec 14, 2011)

Real videographers use steadicam or tripods, not image stabilization.

2 upvotes
alfa
By alfa (Dec 14, 2011)

If this can get anywhere close to what the FT 12/60mm SWD can do then anyone who has owned that lens will be be able to tell you why this one exists. Forget prices, performance, size, everything. The 12/60 is the best walkaround lens ever made.

0 upvotes
armanius
By armanius (Dec 14, 2011)

I still have the 12-60 and it's awesome. BUT, the aperture range was 2.8-4!!! And f4 at 60mm! Granted it's a chunky lens (relative to the m4/3 lens). But at least it was a combination of fast and awesome glass.

1 upvote
Pangloss
By Pangloss (Dec 14, 2011)

Despite what some people wrote below - all without even seeing what this lens is capable of - I believe this is a very interesting zoom lens, and combined with an equally weather sealed m4/3 body with IBIS, would constitute a serious walkaround camera.
So personally, I see its place in the m4/3 ecosystem, together with some other brilliant primes that are already available.

3 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Dec 14, 2011)

They must be idiots. The m4/3 sensor size limits the ISO range and DOF, which must be compensated by big aperture lenses, which on the other side is easier to make for smaller sensor than for FF.
So instead of making good standard zoom like 12-42 f/2.8 or f/2.0, good reasonably priced primes 50/85mm eqiv. f/1.4,and zoom 70-200mm equiv. f/2.0 they make either crap or super expensive lenses, which costs more than Canon + equal lens for Canon.
Or this video story. Do they really want people, who are too lazy to work with RAW, to buy and work with video editing programs? Without all this stuff there will be no difference between $200 pocket camera and >$1000 m4/3.

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8 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 14, 2011)

Maybe they're avoiding too much duplication in the range? Panasonic are already releasing a faster (around f2.8) premium zoom, so the fact this is weather sealed seemed to indicate that they're going in a different direction to avoid having too faster premium zooms cannibalising each other's market.

3 upvotes
Atlasman
By Atlasman (Dec 14, 2011)

Unfortunately it's all about size.

For the enthusiasts it not just about size. I agree that enthusiasts place high value on subject isolation and image quality.

This lens does nothing toward these important values.

0 upvotes
mattmtl
By mattmtl (Dec 14, 2011)

Bit of a catch-22, isn't it? Make your lens slow enough to maintain some semblance of compactness, and you annoy enthusiasts. Make it fast enough to satisfy them, and you lose the compactness advantage.

I'll reserve judgment on this specific lens until I see what sort of body or bodies Olympus has in the pipeline. It could still be an interesting lens despite the disappointing aperture range.

0 upvotes
Atlasman
By Atlasman (Dec 14, 2011)

Knowing Olympus, the performance won't disappoint.

2 upvotes
julieng
By julieng (Dec 14, 2011)

Not everyone is obsessed with shallow DoF. You are supposed to know about the trade off when investing in 43.

As for ISO, we only have sensor sample made by Panasonic. How do we know for sure that 43's high ISO is devastatingly limited? Are they that limited to begin with? Actually, my GH2's high ISO is good enough for me!

On paper, this kit lens announced by Olympus makes sense. It stretch the range of the current kit zoom, adds limited macro magnification , video-centric power zoom and sealing. A sundae with that?
For those starving for bright zooms, there is that couple of anticipated X bright zooms by Panasonic.

Comment edited 50 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

A 4x zoom range f3.5-6.3 zoom lens in 2011/12 is definitely considered LAME and SUB-PAR for all other lens/sensor form factors, except for MFT. The MFT crowd is always getting the short end of the stick when it comes to lenses, and that will not change in the foreseeable future.

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Dec 14, 2011)

What is the big advantage over the standard 12-42 f/3.5-5.6 which can explain high price, size and weight?

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 14, 2011)

Wider angle (FYI standard zoom is 14-42), better sharpness (they say), powerzoom and weather sealing.

0 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Dec 14, 2011)

I think because of it's telecentric (looking anyway) design that it will be sharp- and really, Olympus is an optic manufacturer and a good one (which disappoints me that they're doing this video stuff- leave that to Panasonic and just make damn camera lenses).

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Dec 14, 2011)

It's not fast.
It's not small.
It's not cheap.
Therefore it has really no place in m43.

Anything it has to offer over the Panny 14-42 X, I will pass:
Weather sealing - no use for it!
Macro - can do with legacy and cheap extension tube!
12mm - when I'm going to go wide, I might as well go UWA and put some extra on the 7-14mm.

3 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Dec 14, 2011)

yeah...but just think ...that 6.3 aperture can squeeze a lot out of that out-dated sensor in the "new" weather-sealed body!...wait..wait..listen...I think I can hear the guys at Sony having a party.

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0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 14, 2011)

Plenty of people have been moaning about lack of weather sealing so once the weather sealed body that goes with it comes along they'll be happy

0 upvotes
tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

It has internal focusing AND zooming, which is awesome.

0 upvotes
digifan
By digifan (Dec 14, 2011)

@Tobias Giesen,
Exactly, and a weather sealed body to come.

0 upvotes
Atlasman
By Atlasman (Dec 14, 2011)

It's versatile?

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Dec 14, 2011)

@Tobias:
So does the Panny 14-42 X. In half the package. And for 100$ less.

@Atlasman:
Yes, but so is the 14-42 X. Did I mentioned it's much smaller?= And cheaper? Oh, yes I did.

I really don't know what the fuss is about weather sealing. If it's adverse, you protect the camera. Stick a dedicated rainsleeve cover around the camera and you're good to go. This is something you can get for as little as 10$ (if it's dedicated) and it works!!!

0 upvotes
julieng
By julieng (Dec 14, 2011)

If I understand you correctly, you don't need Macro, you don't need weather seal, you don't need internal zoom and you don't need 12mm on a kit, therefore the lens of overpriced and has no place in m43.

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Dec 14, 2011)

@julieng:
What I meant was the lens is overpriced because except for 12mm (which I'd love in a kit and IMHO is the only selling point of this lens) all that the lens offers (macro, weather sealing) I can get for less than 50$.
I've never tried internal zoom so I have no formed opinion about it (even though at first sight it seems better than the Panny X because the Oly has a ring) but the big points about m43 are: fast, small and cheap. This lens ticks neither!!! :(

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Ha-ha-ha-ha, the new Sony STOCK ZOOM LENS for their phenomenal SLT Alpha 77 DSLT is a constant F2.8 aperture. And last time I checked, an APS-C sensor is much larger than a MFT sensor. Like I said, the MFT crowd is getting the bottom of the barrel products from Olympus and Panny.

0 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Dec 15, 2011)

@Francis Carver:
What business does an ox has to do with a squirrel?
I mean... really!
Go walk your ox and be happy about it. No doubt it will take bigger pictures.

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Infared
By Infared (Dec 14, 2011)

?WOW...the 70's are back! Cool.

1 upvote
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

you'll also need the push-pull zooms

Comment edited 12 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
rudik
By rudik (Dec 14, 2011)

for the macro shooter f3.5-6.3 will be OK.

0 upvotes
JonSr
By JonSr (Dec 14, 2011)

oh come on.. one of the best lense maker keep making crappy lense what is with this? i swear that made a pact with Panny to never make a high end lense to lure them into m43. I just can't understand this spec. f2.8-4 of previous excellent 43 lenes than this lense would have been the best lense on the market.. They intentionally refused to make it that. Both Panny and Oly can go to hell. This is intentional sabotaging of their own platfrom from within.

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16 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 14, 2011)

This still offers a lot, look at the street price, at that price you cant expect f2.8 that justify small Pen bodies and still offering features like sealed body and huge range. I am not going to take this lens in very low light situations where even my prime lens will get scared, for a decent walkaround normal zoom range, its much better than the silly kit lens (exclude the portability on it).

2 upvotes
DonParrot
By DonParrot (Dec 14, 2011)

Sorry, but you have got to pay just €140 more for the FT 14-54 II 2.8-3.5, in Germany. This lens is a slap in the face for anybody who made a full switch from FT to µFT and is waiting for the µFT versions of the wonderful FT Zuikos. The only plus is the weather sealing that makes us hope for a sealed µFT body in the near future.

1 upvote
dentaku
By dentaku (Dec 14, 2011)

is the 45mm crappy? If you want a fast zoom, you are going to compromise the portability of the PEN system. If you want quality, buy primes.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
JonSr
By JonSr (Dec 14, 2011)

problem is that this is not the kit lense. we have decent kit lense both in panny and oly camp. This specific lense does not add much value over kit lense. I do not believe this lense will yield clearer photo. Only benefit is slight increase in FoV and sealed body. Would you like that on your kit lense for $350 more? One more step down and it would have been the lense everyone salivates to.

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Dec 14, 2011)

Absolutely! There are some years gone, and there is still no cheap good lenses, although for the smaller sensor it should be easier to make them.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 14, 2011)

@JonSr What do you mean you don't believe this lense will yield clearer photos? Seen any sharpness tests on it yet? There is plenty of room for improvement over the kit zoom's sharpness.

0 upvotes
JonSr
By JonSr (Dec 15, 2011)

most equivalent lense to this is Zuiko Digital 14-54mm F2.8-3.5 II, a total marketing flop even though the quality was much better than kit lense. But that one was a fast lense. It seems Oly wanted to make a "video" kit lense. Tell me one lense with such spec F3.5-6.3 that produce quality photo? I can only think of crappy third party lense of old vivitar time.

0 upvotes
PaulSnowcat
By PaulSnowcat (Dec 14, 2011)

This shows comapny's attitude yet again - cameras and optics for high grade PnS shooters... Light, nice look, nice range but... It's DARK, really, really dark. Nothing that might interest serious people. Nothing that can compare to the good old EZ 12-60/2.8-4 from the once_great_now_dead E system.

12 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 14, 2011)

very true, the pen system is for hipster

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Dec 14, 2011)

What about the 45mm f1.8 or the 12mm f2? Large aperture zooms will always be physically big, makes more sense to use prime lenses if you want a bright lens. If you're happy with huge zooms then why use a CSC at all?

7 upvotes
mungozan
By mungozan (Dec 14, 2011)

The lens looks nice and it may even have a nice IQ. But: I would never buy a lens with that aperture. Too much FOV and too little speed. The same issue plagues every m43 zoom lens at the moment. Just have to wait the Panny 12-35, although that needs to be f/2 constant to make any sense.

5 upvotes
tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

No, 2.8 is sufficient. I don't see a problem with too much FOV at all. I get plenty of blurry background on MFT.

2.0 is impossible anyway.

5 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 14, 2011)

have you seen the Olympus f2 zoom for the 4/3 system ?
it's huge!

2 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 14, 2011)

i wish same but come on wake up..

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Oly and Panny lenses are lame and Darth Vader dark. Get an SLR MAGIC optic with the MFT lens mount. Those are f0.95 and f1.6. A lot better than f3.5, 4, 4.8, 5.6, and 6.3. What's next from the minds of Olympus, an f11 lens?

0 upvotes
WestSeattleDan
By WestSeattleDan (Dec 14, 2011)

Olympus may be de-listed on the Tokyo stock exchange

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/business/olympus-delisting-decision-could-go-either-way.html?_r=1&hp

Financial irregularities are now coming to light as multiple years of records are being revised.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Dec 14, 2011)

Well, welcome back to earth Dan.

1 upvote
dentaku
By dentaku (Dec 14, 2011)

Irrelevant to this topic and yesterday's news.

2 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Dec 14, 2011)

^ Actually the NYTimes article is dated today

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Olympus will probably be bought our cheaply by Panasonic or someone else in 2012. The company is all-cooked. All crooked, too.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

The last struggling weeks (months?) of the once high-flying Olympus company, perhaps. Reminds me of the Sanyo projectors saga -- as of early next year, there won't be any Sanyo any more. Panasonic had bought out the company and is shutting down all things Sanyo, he-he-he.

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

Fantastic, I am looking forward to the new weather-sealed body with this beautiful kit lens.

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tinternaut
By tinternaut (Dec 14, 2011)

Now all we need is a real, actual Pen that delivers Pen performance in the toughest conditions.

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Dec 14, 2011)

Not really for me (want faster lenses) BUT, at least, it's another M4/3 lens. And the more, the merrier...

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misolo
By misolo (Dec 14, 2011)

I'm guessing that the design constraint that kept the aperture so small is the weight - looking at the Olympus web site, it's only 211g. With that plus the wide-angle, the macro, and the weather-proofing, the lens seems designed with nature hiking and traveling in mind.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Dec 14, 2011)

"it's only 211g"

Wow! That IS light! Compare it to, say, Pana's (wide open, even slower) 14-140 superzoom...

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gaiaswill
By gaiaswill (Dec 14, 2011)

I actually rather like it. Kudos to Oly. But I guess I'm in the niche that likes the idea of a macro zoom.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

This is not much of a macro lens, really, is it?

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kev777zero
By kev777zero (Dec 14, 2011)

no offense to oly, but wow that ugly new zoom is probably the worst lens ever invented. f6.3 at 50mm is probably the slowest aperture made for a lens at that focal length.

and at that price point & size the oly 14-150mm looks much, much better

I seriously don’t know how anything positive can be said about this lens. they should’ve just added fast CDAF on 4/3 14-54mm MKII 2.8-3.5 & released it instead, saving R&D and make everyone happy

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

It's beautiful.

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

It's weather-sealed. That means a whole new generation of Olympus gear is coming. Fantastic. I hope they will upgrade the sensor too.

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DonParrot
By DonParrot (Dec 14, 2011)

I seriously don’t know how anything positive can be said about this lens. they should’ve just added fast CDAF on 4/3 14-54mm MKII 2.8-3.5 & released it instead, saving R&D and make everyone happy
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Exactly what I think, Kev. It's appaling.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

"f6.3 at 50mm is probably the slowest aperture made for a lens at that focal length."

Yeah, they probably had faster lenses back in 1912. For $500, you can do so much better with all the other D-camera/lens form factors. MFT owners take a beating from Oly and Panny all the time.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Dec 14, 2011)

Another iteration of consumer zooms... Yes, weather sealed but so what? There is no weather sealed body for it, so what difference does it make?

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tobias2003
By tobias2003 (Dec 14, 2011)

Obviously the weather-sealed body is coming too.

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PETE ALEX
By PETE ALEX (Dec 14, 2011)

Why so negative? Isn't it good that they are still planning for a future when everything over the last few months has been so negative. Hopefully a weather sealed camera will come along.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Dec 14, 2011)

"Why so negative? Isn't it good that they are still planning for a future when everything over the last few months has been so negative. Hopefully a weather sealed camera will come along."

... and if it's $400 only (with excellent IQ), then, it'll be a very good buy, particularly when Pana's comparable (albeit much brighter) wide zoom (12-35) will be at least two times more expensive.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Dec 14, 2011)

Why 0.35m/0.98ft? 0.35m = 1.15ft.
Too slow, of course

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DonTom
By DonTom (Dec 14, 2011)

Comes in silver to match your primes ;-)
http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/mlenses/12-50_35-63_ez/

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Dec 14, 2011)

GOOD LOOKING LENS.

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evogt500
By evogt500 (Dec 14, 2011)

Are the PEN's weather sealed? I cant image buying a weather sealed lens for a non- weather sealed camera body...

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Dec 14, 2011)

None of them.

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petrbur
By petrbur (Dec 14, 2011)

Hmmm, I have weather sealed 14-54 MkII on my non- weather sealed E620. It works well. Strange :)

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evogt500
By evogt500 (Dec 14, 2011)

Does it work well in the rain?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 14, 2011)

I thought the new 12-50 was supposed to be a fast lens. Or was that the Panasonic one.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Dec 14, 2011)

thats the panasonic for the most part this lens was a surprised due to the fact it wasn't announced or leaked

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 14, 2011)

since when power zoom became a nice feature and why?

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martyvis
By martyvis (Dec 14, 2011)

Mainly for video use.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Dec 14, 2011)

For video it is OK(ish), otherwise it's a PITA, but this lens has mechanical zoom as well, which is good if it works well together and you don't need to fiddle with switches.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

You can't really use a lens this slow for acceptable video, unless you want to reinvent your video capture frame rate shutter speed all the time. So, even a servo zoom feature will not make a dark lens a video lens. For video camcorders, their zoom lenses (10x and higher range) are all constant f1.6 or f1.9, anyhow. This one from Olympus clearly is not.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Dec 15, 2011)

so after-all this power-zoom thing is just a "me-to" response to Panasonic's x-lens?

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bloodycape
By bloodycape (Dec 14, 2011)

I like it, but what holding me back is the F6.3 at tele. Should have been f3.5 at all zoom ranges at the very least.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Dec 14, 2011)

Why f/3.5 only and not f/2.8 or even faster? I mean, if you dream and wish you might as well wish for something really better. I agree, f/6.3 at 50mm (probably long before) is pretty slow, especially with that small sensor.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

Amazing to me, you can buy today a native MFT prime lens with f0.95, but an f3.5 or f2.8 short range zoom for Olympus is in the domain of wild dreams? Oh well... whatever.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Dec 14, 2011)

weather sealed cameras would make sense.

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Sosua
By Sosua (Dec 14, 2011)

Awesome landscape lens - zero DOF control on M43 at 6.3!

Seriously though, interesting lens - big, weathersealed, but slow and inexpensive - quite an odd mix - is this just one for the rainy video guys?

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DonTom
By DonTom (Dec 14, 2011)

@Nate 21: Good question, but this is will be no slower at 42mm than the current kit lenses. This will be a kit lens with a weather sealed body, and looks like a big step up to me.
Great lens for an outdoors photographer, and there is a nice range of fast primes now to complement it in low light.
It will be interesting to see if the IQ is high, this could be a brilliant landscape lens.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Dec 14, 2011)

Yea i know the IQ will be superior like all Oly glass hopefully this lens will begin the weather sealed tradition that olympus is famous for and maybe the weather sealed bodies will be introduced at the beginning of next year as well?

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ntsan
By ntsan (Dec 14, 2011)

bring on the weather sealed body!

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johnnymac43
By johnnymac43 (Dec 14, 2011)

Way too slow. Why not at least a 2.8 - 4.0, I would rather pay more and have a faster lens.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Dec 14, 2011)

im guessing size

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Dec 14, 2011)

Im so happy to hear that oly is starting to promote new lens that offers a very acceptable range wide-macro-and short tele but what the hell why so dim at the tele side f6.3 very questionable?

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Ron Zamir
By Ron Zamir (Dec 14, 2011)

Now all we need is a pro nicro4-3 camera.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Dec 14, 2011)

I think this opens the prelude to pro m4/3, just like Canon's 24-105mm L kit lens on 5D mark II and the 14-54mm on Olympus E-1.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Dec 14, 2011)

...you also need a pro lens. This lens is not it.

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rttew
By rttew (Dec 14, 2011)

the real limitation with m4/3 seems to be the lack of serious zooms. there is no 70-200 2.8, or anything even close. these are for the most part, consumer lens. this tells me that m4/3 can not and may have never been planned with professionals in mind, either now or ever.

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rponiarski
By rponiarski (Dec 14, 2011)

Looks like a nice video focused lens for the Panasonic video camera, but I don't see a still shooter needing this. Just picked up a Panasonic 14-45mm lens for my EP-2 and don't see how this is an improvement. Pass...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 14, 2011)

The better video camcorder lenses are usually constant f1.7, f1.8, or f1.9. This new thing from Oly is darker than the Black Hole of Calcutta in comparison, built-in servo zoom motor notwithstanding. When you look at all the available MFT lenses out there for digital cameras today, you'd probably still want to go with 1-inch, APS-C, or FF sensor cameras upwards or perhaps with 2/3rd-inch (Fujifilm) downward.

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