Reviews and Problems with Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ
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Affordable, and Weather Sealed and Versatile
3 weeks ago
Summary: Just received it last night about 7:30 so it was getting dark. I opened it attached to the OMD 5 and ran outside to check it out. Some might shake their head reading my review but I am not a photographer or have deep knowledge over mm or f stops. My use of the camera is for personal reasons, although I have done weddings baby showers and photo shows for those who couldn't aford one, but do it because I have a love of taking photos What I first thought of when I attached...
When compared to other kit lenses, this 12-50mm shines
29 May 2014
Summary: My overall impression of the 12-50mm lens is that it's pretty good. Many people give it a low rating, but it depends what you compare it to and your expectations. Most kit lenses for m4/3 and DSLR's are 28-80mm (in 35mm format) affairs, usually made of plastic. Images are usually adequate, but not nearly as sharp as more expensive zoom and prime lenses. Aperture is usually 3.5-5.6 - nothing special at all. Pentax adds weather sealing, Canon has USB focus motor.
Excerpt: I'm surprised there have been no reviews since 2012 since this is still being shipped out with the EM-5, which is still being made. I guess the reviews are part of the EM-5 reviews. My overall impression of the 12-50mm lens is that it's pretty good. Many people give it a low rating, but it depends what you compare it to, and your expectations. Most kit lenses for m4/3 and DSLR's are 28-80mm (in 35mm format) affairs, usually made of plastic.
Summary: The lens is good, but not sure if the one I received was used or from other source. It was in a generic box , no warranty card, no instruction (although I don't need it). When I called Olympus directly and them, I was told it is possible a "refurbi". The seller offered return and refund, but I need it now for my trip. So I just kept it as I have no other choice to get another one in time.
Summary: This is a jack of all trades lens. Master of none, but if you get this for under $250 it's a great deal. Considering the slow aperture and the complaining by the elitist snobs, it's really not a bad lens. I find the IQ quite acceptable at the wide to middle end. IT is soft at 50mm and not ideal for portraits in low light.
Summary: As a professional photographer, I use this lens on my MFT when I want to travel extra-light, packing a 100-300mm telephoto zoom along as well. This lens gives a good range of focal lengths, from wide angle 24mm equivalent to 100mm equivalent short telephoto (ideal for portraits). At the wide end, I shoot architecture and landscapes. There is minimal edge distortion and the lens focuses reasonably fast. It is a good choice at this price point.
Overall a good lens that is well made and versatile.
8 December 2013
Summary: I purchased this lens used for my Olympus E-P3. I own the Olympus Micro 14-42 but wanted to sell it with an E-PL1. After reading many reviews I decided to purchase it. I expected it to preform as it does and am very satisfied with the lens build, a very well made lens. The macro function is delightful although the lens is slow at f:6. It focuses fast enough and accurate. I do like the dual zoom functions: manual for photography and motorized for video, a nice feature.