Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ

Announced Dec 14, 2011 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds
mring1
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Quick review that probably won't tell anyone anything shockingly new.  First off:  I have a very good copy.  Required user understandings:  this is a kit lens, despite its WR capabilities and published (and too high) price.  Like any kit lens, it needs to be stopped down, and the 12-50 is not exception. I have three ranges of use for this lens:  12-25, 25-40 and 40-50.  In the first range, results are excellent if you stop down 1/2 stop.  In the second range, results are good stopped down 1/2 ...

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twelvebellys
 
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Had high hopes for this lens as its 24mm wide angle 35mm equivalent . But its a bit soft and not as sharp as I hoped ,on the plus side has a good macro function and in lens zoom makes it neat and compact have had a few decent shots with it but colours can seem overblown for some reason still can't argue picked it up for £120 brand new still wrapped of ebay .So I will keep it as I do like a lot of what it does . I  would score it 7/10.

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erichK
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The optics are not up to Olympus' best, but certainly quite usable, and a very useful zoom range weatherproofing, a useful macro function, and an electronic zoom for video make this a very useful little lens.

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RobMachiel
 
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After reading all the negative reviews, I was surprised when using the Olympus 12 - 50 mm on my OM-D. It is really a nice walk-around lens. Sure, the Olympus, Panasonic and even the Sigma primes are sharper, faster and smaller but on the OM-D the 12 - 50 mm is an underrated lens. I like the Macro-mode, the fact that it is weather sealed and first of all the 24 - 100 zoom makes it very versatile.

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CyeJoeBob
 
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This lens is a "must-have" for the OM-D, because of the weather sealing. It could be a bit smaller, but its very flexible. The image quality isn't perfect, but for the price its quiet good. I really like this lens.

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Austrian
 
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When i give this lens 5 stars thats not because it is the brightest, most compact and optically most outstanding glass in the M4/3 world. But considering the price tag, weatherproofing, weight, macro, brilliant focal width and overall optical performance it really shines. Just look at my picture of my nepal trekking. ( http://hans-egger.smugmug.com/Das-Album-von-Hans-und-Susanna/2012-Rund-ums-Jahr/Trecking-im-Khumbu-2012/26090037_L5RjG3#!i=2167191689&k=wsW636X ) I had four other lenses in ...

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renni
 
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I was very sceptic about this lens. Perfomance is not best possible. But it is great value for the price (I paid ~ $250). Love the size and usability on my GX1. Nobody has mentioned the macro mode, that was a great surprice for me. Push the macro button and you get a 45mm macro lens.

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This is a kit lens that is bundled with the OM-D E-M5. As part of the kit is it costs $100 more than the body alone, but if purchased separately it retails for about $500 (as at Oct 2012). I think it's great value at the kit price but too expensive for the stand alone price. The appeal of this lens is that it brings the familiar functions of a compact camera zoom to M43. It's a 4x zoom, it's powered, and there's a macro setting. So if you're upgrading from a compact to an OM-D kit, you can ...

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GabrieleArcangelo
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Yes, it isn't the best lens in the world, but it is very satisfactory for me on my E-P2 camera (12 MP). It's sharp enough, no vignetting, no disotorsion, beautiful color, good contrast, no flare and, most important, the photo is good from edge to edge. I have also a Leica 24 mm f2,8 asph (48 mm on E-P2) and, believe me, you can see differences only in very large prints. If you can accept dimensions and weight (this is not a small lens), this is a fine lens indeed. And, if you like old ...

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Alan Ernst
 
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I anxiously awaited the Olympus 12-50 in the hope of finally having a quality all-round lens for my GH1/2 and GX1. On paper, the specs looked very promising (with exception of the slow aperture at the long end, which I could live with, as I use the tripod a lot). I finally managed to get the lens two weeks ago and test it extensively in the field. The results are a mixed bag: stellar performance in some areas, marred by some serious deficiencies... Clearly not what I had hoped for, based on ...

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