E-M5 Lens question or two.

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Questions thread
Alumna Gorp Senior Member • Posts: 1,531
Re: E-M5 Lens question or two.

Bob Tullis wrote:

PAUL TILL wrote:

sigala1 wrote:

I think the 12-50 has unacceptable soft edges at 12mm. Other people maybe don't have that problem.

At 14mm, the smaller, lighter and less expensive m.zuiko 14-42mm II kit lens has better image quality in my opinion.

At longer focal lengths, the 12-50 is generally as good or better than the 14-42mm II.

Perhaps the 12-50 has better wide open performance than the 14-42mm II which needs to be stopped down. Although remember that "wide open" isn't really that wide open on either of these kit lenses, but even less so on the 12-50.

I usually use the 14-42m II, because of the size/weight and I just like it better. And I have the lens hood for the 14-42mm II.

The 12-50mm is designed to look and feel like a more premium lens than the 14-42mm II, but it doesn't deliver premium image quality.

Have you actually used one? I see you shoot a PEN, don't they come with the fiddly 14-42mm?

Just to interject here, Paul. . .

I should learn how to read MTF charts and other aspects of lens design so I can speak of them accurately, but I haven't to date.   My touchy-feely impression of the 12-50 is that it lacks a clarity or sharpness that the 12-35 for example delivers.  Microcontrast might be term that applies (or would it be related to LPI. . . [shrug])

The 12-50 as I last recall my time with it just calls for a little stronger finessing of the output in post than it takes for the lenses they're compared against.    Not everything, or everyone, calls for that level of refinement (some pixel peepers never print, even!).  Pixel peepers call it right when they point out the difference (though Sigala is usually an opinion unto himself), but when pointed out it always puts the 12-50 in a worse light than it actually shines under.  It's rather  remarkable for a 'kit lens'.  But like any other, it's not perfect.  Oh, woe us any imperfection. . . [g]

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The 12-50 is by no means perfect but as the kit lenses go, it really is pretty good and of course higher grade lenses like the Pany 12-35 will be better without question.

The 12-50mm bought with my OMD cost about £150 and even now this lens still surprises me with what it is capable of, provided you take care, kit lenses are less forgiving when you get things wrong.

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