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Olympus12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black)
 
4.1

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
  • Easily interchangeable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Macro photography (3)
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    5.0

    This will be my walking around lens!

    By pete

    from cincinnati ohio

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

      This is a great lens. Small, easy to use and it takes great pictures. When in doubt this is the lens I go to.

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      5.0

      Best kit lens I've seen

      By Camera Gadget Kid

      from Singapore

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

        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. Images are usually adeqaute, 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. That's about it.

        In contrast, this 12-50mm has a great deal of ability:

        - weather sealing.
        - very stylishly designed.
        - 24-100mm (in 35mm format) is vastly more useful than 28-80mm. It never ceases to amaze me how much more you can fit in at 24mm, than 28mm. At the very least it is easier to take a selfie and larger groups of people. 100mm is a noticeably greater reach than 80mm.
        - I have only used kit lenses for DSLR's for Pentax and Canon, but I'd say images from this 12-50mm lens are sharper, and there's no obvious distortion at 24mm. I do not magnify images to 1000% to check so maybe I'm missing something.
        - Fast focusing.
        - 3 options- manual zooming, electronis zooming, macro modes. Takes a bit of practice to work out how to switch between modes. Olympus is one of the more user UNfriendly brands I've come across. But having these options is good, and the electronic zooming means you can produce better videos.
        - aperture...ok, it's not fast. But then, no kit lens is. In fact, you have to pay hundreds and thousands more for f2.8 lenses. They also weigh 3 to 4 times more too.

        The main disadvantages are:

        - cost. Less of an issue now that the EM-10 has come out and the EM-5 price has come down.

        - length. There are several 28-84mm kit lenses for m4/3 which are between 50-70% shorter in length, making them lighter and easier to carry around.

        Overall, I feel the 12-50mm is a fine lens, and there is no reason for me to spend money for a smaller lens of reduced range, nor hundreds more for a faster lens which is 3-4 times heavier.

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        3.0

        Good kit lens but seems pricey by itself

        By Patrick

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

          Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

          I don't use this lens often, it seems as though my 12mm f2 is glued to my OM-D. Although it's not a particularly fast lens, it's good enough as a walk around lens and I appreciate its macro capabilities. The lens is actually much smaller than it looks in pictures, which is good and it's fairly light weight and well balanced on the OM-D.

          Where this lens lacks, is in feel. The zoom ring appears to be mechanical but it feels like its 'by wire'. Has a very gritty feel to it and doesn't feel very responsive.

          Also, this lens is probably not the best choice for indoor use.

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          5.0

          BEST KIT LENS

          By JAY O

          from Quebec City

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

          Best kit lens I own. Very sharp, contrasty and lightweight. Already several photos published in newspapers and one around the world on Roger Waters The Wall FB page...taken with this lens.
          Oh yes, I have many Canon L lenses including the fabulous 200 F1.8...and I bought the OMD-EM5 for all-around lightweight gear. It performs much better than I had hoped for. The sensor is very clean and this lens with the built-in IS is an extraordinary value. Also, get the 45 f1.8...for low light and pristine sharpness.

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          3.0

          Good Enough

          By Dave the Caver

          from Georgetown, IN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

            I got this lens as a kit lens with my E-M5. I heard several bad things about this lens. So far I can only report surprising good things. It is Weather-sealed to match my E-M5. The range is very good. The image quality from it is good. The semi-macro mode is very good. The only thing I don't like about the lens is that is is very slow with a f6.3 at its long end. Also the lens should have came with the lens hood.

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            4.0

            This is a good product

            By Lionel E.

            from Hamilton, Bermuda

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

              I presently use this product on the OM-D-E-M5 and am very pleased with images; they are clear and sharpe, the colour is rich.

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              4.0

              Good value, Very portable

              By birdman

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

              I started out with a 4/3 system and a couple of 4/3 lenses and OM lenses plus adapters for my e-620. Then I got an OM-D and wanted to get a m 4/3 lens that would be more appropriate for the size of the body, thus the 12-50. Small and light were a higher priority for me than fast and tack sharp. It's not a bad lens, especially for the price, but it suffers by comparison with the 4/3 12-60, and 9-18 in 4/3(with adapters). On the other hand it is much lighter and less conspicuous. The manual zoom is a little "grindy" for lack of a better word, but a lot of the relatively inexpensive ("relatively" is the operational term-I bought a Leica M-2 and 50mm Summicron back in the day for less than this puppy)lenses today seem to have the same property, so I guess it is not a defect, but silly me, for longevity, I'd rather have something that doesn't feel like it has a teeny-tiny bit of grit in it.
              The image quality will not knock your socks off when blown way up, but the obvious resolution to that is what we did when we only had 50mm primes--move closer to the subject so you don't have to blow it way up.

              As an intro to the m 4/3 system, it's a good starter, but I'm looking forward to the new m 4/3 lenses that are scheduled to appear soon.

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              4.0

              Worth having available

              By Alex Stewart

              from Milwaukee, WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

                If you want a versatile lens for relatively little money, this is a good choice. I've compared its image quality with various other mZuiko, Zuiko and Panasonic lenses and while it isn't up to the best (such as the 7-14mm ED) the differences won't affect many photos in ways you will notice. The range is very useful, especially at the wide end. The autofocus is fast and quiet on the E-M5 (the only camera I've tried it on). It feels fairly well made, at least given the price. And it's quite small and light.
                Obviously it isn't the brightest, especially at the longer ends.
                I won't comment on bokeh as I think that's a ridiculous concern, especially for small cameras best suited to documentary and pj style work. Oh all right, if you care, it seems pleasant enough to me.

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                4.0

                Seems like a sharp lens and very useful.

                By Ross

                from St. Louis, Mo

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Video

                Comments about 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black):

                Well built. The power zoom feature is lost on me but if you shoot video you will probably like it. The macro feature is nice although the lens is a little short for macro work. I prefer a 90-105mm for macro.

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