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

Announced Dec 14, 2011 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | V314040BU000

When this lens was first released, the pricing for a lens with a very slow f/6.3 at the zoom end was ridiculous. Now, years on, when I purchased this lens in 2015 for less than half the price it originally retailed for, I expected the kind of results you get from a basic kit lens- how wrong I was! It is definitely not perfect- no lens in this price range is, with clunky, noisy, fragile and frankly unnecessary electronic zoom, though the "M-Zoom" mode is passable since it bypasses the ...

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BLOG USING THIS LENS Not your ordinary Kit lens, that is why Olympus has put it on a flagship camera. I did not even feel the burden of compensating for its limitation. The output of camera body is only as good as the lens. 0.) Image Quality Super Sharp edge to edge. Great saturation details. Best kit lens I ever Had. 1.) Super Fast and Accurate Auto Focus The build quality is not a a typical kit lens level. 2.) Zoom by wire. Great for videos. But the mechanical zoom is not the best. 3.) ...

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kellerk
 

+ good optical performance, nice macro mode, lightweight, affordable - max aperture 2.5-6.3

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Having read all the fair-to-middling reviews for this lens, I gave it a wide berth originally, as I felt that so many less than stellar reviews did not bode well for it, regardless of the build quality or brand name. But recently I found a copy for $150 and thought at worst that if I hated it, I could sell it off at the same price.  Turns out I don't hate it! The biggest problem most people have with this lens is the aperture, and I get that.  This isn't aimed at people doing night ...

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Austrian
 

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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AdamT
 

This is one of those lenses which ought to have been stellar given the original price and the size of it , in fact when it was first mentioned, no one could believe it was a cripplingly slow F6.3 at the 50mm end . the weird Powerzoom / manual zoom thing didn`t gain too many friends either, especially as those who shoot Video in anger would be using a Panasonic anyway not an Oly so where does it sit now ? .... Well, these can be picked up for a bit over £100 on the used market, a fraction of ...

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h2odog
 

I was very fortunate to pick up a mint, like new Oly 12-50mm for $155. Just couldn't pass it up. It is being used on my EM-10 and I am extremely impressed with its quality and versatility. The addition of a macro setting is a real plus as well as the electronic zoom which is very smooth, better than the mechanical zoom. The lens is sharp enough and using it outdoors, you are not limited by the 3.5-6.3 range. This is a very nice walk around lens and balances well on the camera. Even at a ...

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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
 

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

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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