Reviews and Problems with Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ
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A Step Up
Markus, B&H Photo
22 July 2014
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: 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.
Summary: This is a very nice size for a walk-around lens and good range. IQ is quite acceptable and color rendition is good. The lens is not worth the price asked on this site, which is price-gouging, but is available new for hundreds less. Amazon will not allow me to say where, but if you Google this lens you will get results on much more sensible prices.
Summary: I have read many negative reviews of this lens. I was surprised to find that it works well with the OMD especially when in movie mode and zooming. a prime lens will give better performance, but this lens hold its own for most of the range of 12-50MM. I do mostly slide shows using Photodex Producer, so I can't use all the pixels and resolution a print maker needs. Thus, this lens does a great job for what I use it. Any vignetting is easily corrected in Lightroom.
Summary: Wow, what a difference this lens makes. I tried to go cheap and use my old DSLR E-510 lenses with the adapter, but they were soooo slooooow and significantly inferior in picture quality, color, etc. If you have the native flash that comes with the EPL5, you will get shadows due to the length of this lense, just an FYI.
Summary: The M.12-50mm was part of my OM-D E-M5 combo and I was a bit skeptical regarding the optical performance of the model. The first good news was the weather resistance ability of the M.12-50mm which is a strong point for traveler and outside photographer. The second one is the focal widest setting of 12mm (24mm equivalent in 35mm format). The third one: the M.12-50mm is in fact a good performer especially for outside daylight picturing.
Summary: This is a capable all-around lens. The fact that it's weather-proof makes it very useful as a walk around lens where weather may be an issue (national parks, around the pool with kids swimming, etc. - coupled with the OM-D of course). It's not the fastest as we know - but speed means more money too, so there are trade-offs. Also, has a plastic build but still feels like quality. The price for this when bundled with the OM-D seems to be a good value.