All this talk about the 12-40mm, I just bought a used 12-50mm for $235

Started Nov 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
MatsP Senior Member • Posts: 2,285
Re: All this talk about the 12-40mm, I just bought a used 12-50mm for $235

tgutgu wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

Granted, I know the apertures aren't even comparable, but I already have a 17mm f/1.8 that I love. I bought the 12-50m to have a weatherproof system with the E-M1.

How weatherproof is the 12-50mm?

BTW, I bought the olympus lens hood for it too.

Well, that lens is certainly not worth than the price you paid for it. Among my zoom lenses in the focal length area it covers, it is by far the worst performer.

That there is so much talk about the 12-40mm and far less (favorable) about the 12-50mm is justified. All this writing about that the 12-50mm is a "decent" lens, is a polite statement saying that it is not really good. To me, paying $ 235 for it is money that could and should have saved to buy something else.

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The 12-50 IS ok at 12 mm I think but as soon as you use it at longer focal lengths it gets worse. I find 50 mm hardly usable to be honest. And I have never managed to get a sharp shot with the macro function. Maybe it's photographers malfunction, but I get much better result with my 40-150 and some cropping.

In fact the very simple Canon kit lens EF-S 18-55/3,5-5,6 I had on my 400D some years ago was sharper than the oly 12-50. And the Sigma 17-70 I used om my 40D was even sharper. So I was a little disappointed with the 12-50.

On the positive side one has to mention the weather sealing. I have used the 12-50 in snowstorm and heavy rain and in that kind of situation sharpness isn't as important as on a bright day. And it is a good video lens. But as I'm not much for video I've just tried that a few times, but with quite good result.

Now when the 12-40 soon appears also in Swedish shops I'm probably going to sell my 12-50, 45/1,8 and Sigma 19 to finance it. Maybe also the 9-18 and get a Samyang 7,5 instead for UW. Today I prefer my 9-18 before the 12-50, but the 12-40 is supposedly much better than the 9-18 in their common range 12-18.

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