Summary: Excellent lens and value for the money!Functions exactly as advertised. Pleasantly surprised. Wanted the lens for an overseas trip with my new OM-D E-10. Would have been nice to receive a manual with the lens, but can figure it out on my own. Lens is nice and light without appearing cheap or flimsy. I have been an Olympus fan since the original OM-1 (which I still have). I always appreciated the smaller footprint of the Olympus line of cameras.
Excerpt: The decision to buy this lens came after much deliberation. Compared to the 14-42mm retractable lens I had on the Pen, this lens is far better: it is sharper, faster on focus, wider and longer. The near-macro and electronic zoom functions are very nice too. For $ in kit, this lens is a steal. The one demerit is the aperture range, slow to my taste. On the beat, I have not had to push the ISO beyond 1600 (no problem for the E-M10 sensor).
Pros: Adaptable, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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.
Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ M.Zuiko Digital ED review by Thoppa
11 April 2014
Summary: The power zoom and focal range make this a great video lens, and it also doubles as a decent macro lens too. Weather sealing is good but image quality for stills is a little disappointing and f/6.3 is just pitiful. So for stills, it doesn't satisfy me - thankfully, I have the 12-35 too. I suppose it shouldn't matter, but think it is poorly proportioned - way too long and thin.
Pros: Versatile - does it all.
Cons: Unspectacular - doesn't do anything very well