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

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

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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Alan Ernst
 

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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