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OlympusM.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Micro 4/3 Lens (Black)
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (12)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
  • Durable (7)
  • Consistent output (6)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Macro photography (7)
  • Video (7)
  • Wildlife photos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best kit lens I've seen

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Enough

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...Read complete review

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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3.0

Not good, not bad

By Matt

from Undisclosed

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

Pros: Cheap, works with ATEM
Cons: Cheap, buggy, bad in low light

Overall, this lens performs well when used in well lit situations where the subject is relatively close to you. I used this lens with a BM micro studio camera 4K and found that if you try to use this as a static lens in a house of worship, due to the long throw required, the lens doesn't perform well in those scenarios. If you're using this for close work, it'll be a good cheap option for chroma keying etc...

I do like that you can control this using ATEM, the aperture can get buggy if you try to adjust your zoom too much and will close all the way, forcing you to restart your camera whether the camera is set to auto or manual iris.

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4.0

Just think twice

By Daniel

from Ukraine

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • E-zoom Involved
      • Video
      • Weather Resistance Invlvd

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

      PROS
      - The only 'cheap' weatherproof MFT lens as of 2015.
      - Nice focal length coverage with 24 mm equivalent at the wide end.
      - E-zoom mode is handy for video shooters.
      - Not bad sharpness wide open.
      - Generally fine image quality.
      - Has its own L-Fn button.
      - Feels well balanced on E-M1 and allows for comfortable one-hand grip.

      CONS
      - I'd prefer zoom ring switch to have a lock as I sometimes switch it accidentally.
      - With electronic zoom you can't see at which focal length you are before you look in the viewfinder.
      - At 25mm your widest aperture is f/5.1. Though I'm not sure it's different with other non-premium zooms.
      - May be a bit large for everyday zoom.

      Generally, the lens has some particularities which may suit or not suit you. If you don't gain much from electronic zoom (which is 'love it or hate it' thing sometimes) and/or weather resistance, there may be better options for you. Personally I've been using it for 2 months with my E-M1 and selling it because I've found out that electronic zoom is just not my kind of thing.

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      5.0

      My go-to lens

      By Steward Jacques

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        Most of my photography is landscape while hiking in the Arizona dessert. There are times, however, when a macro lens is very useful. This is especially the case when the wild flowers are in bloom. For these situations, the Zuiko ED 12-50mm is ideal. I can get the landscape shots that I want all the while knowing that I don't need a second lens for close-up shots. It's now my go-to lens when I want to limit the gear that I carry. So far, I'm extremely pleased with the results.

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        4.0

        Good Lens - No Hood

        By Joe the Photographer

        from PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • No lens hood

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The lens itself is great and I have no complaints about the lens, but I wasn't aware that the lens doesn't come with a lens hood and you have to pay extra for that. One would think spending $ on a lens it would come with a lens hood.

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        4.0

        Very Good

        By cmoracabrera

        from Chile, stgo

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

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

          Great Pictures

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          4.0

          Decent lens.

          By Sarge

          from Mason IL

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

          I know this lens has not rated real high. I look at it a bit differently. If you go in understanding it's limitations it does perform well. No it is not fast, but it does well enough in good light. I do like the electronic zoom function. The macro function though not 1:1 does do a great job.

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          4.0

          Great for what we need!

          By Neil London

          from Oregon

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Video

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

          We got this lens per recommendation from Blackmagic Design for our Studio 4K cameras. It's not the best lens, but it's definitely not the worst. I think the amazement came more from the fact it works with the BMD ATEM's remote control. SO focus function, zoom, and stop control. Don't like the low stop limit 3.5. Means lot's of light is needed and when you run LEDs sometimes that can be a challenge. All-in-all it's a good lens for our needs.

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          4.0

          Very decent lens (at the right price)

          By TchadPaul

          from Michigan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Non-critical Photography

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

          I've owned this lens for 6 months and taken a few hundred photos with it. I got it discounted along with the OMD EM-10. It is a nice lens for anyone moving up from a Point & Shoot camera. It is NOT a professional grade lens as any of the many reviewers will tell you.
          However, in the hands of a good photographer it will take very high quality photos. See what Robin Wong does with this lens!
          Nonetheless, it is rather slow lens, especially toward the telephoto end of its zoom range, and it is neither super-sharp in the edges nor particularly compact (over 3 inches long).
          I've enjoyed using this lens and see very little difference in the every day results I get between this lens and the Olympus primes.

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          4.0

          Best option (at this price) for Blackmagic Studio Camera

          By Director Mark

          from Woodville, WI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Optically

          Cons

          • Slow
          • Slow max aperture

          Best Uses

          • Video

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

          My first MFT lens, and purchased for the Blackmagic Studio Camera. It's one of the very few lenses that work well with this camera and the zoom servo, aperture and focus can all be controlled fully via the BM ATEM software.

          In addition, the zoom works with my Libec LANC Zoom Controller fully. I'd be interested to see if the Zoom and Focus controller would work too.... Is it as good as a 30K ENG lens? No, but with a decent zoom controller, you can get good results.

          Optically, it's excellent. Only downside so far is the slooooow maximum aperture, f6.3, hence 4 stars

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          5.0

          Awesome lens for any price.

          By M. Louis Photography

          from Buck County, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Great multifunction lens. Simple zoom, macro, electronic zoom, electronic focus, manual zoom and focus all for a reasonable price. Good for an everyday run around lens! My one minor concern is the zoom control, for the life of me, it seems counter intuitive. But, maybe that is me. At the end of the day it does not impact the image.

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            5.0

            Excellent Attention

            By Cano Russo

            from Argentina

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            lenses for cameras we use blackmagic studio and worked properly

            Highly recommended excellent attention

            best regards

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Versatile and inexpensive lens

            By Roger Roberts

            from Irving Tx.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

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

              A nice walk around lens that is quite versatile.

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              3.0

              Decent lens...

              By Television Engineer

              from Charlotte Area

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

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

                Bought this lens to use on a Blackmagic Design Studio Camera. There are very few lenses that actually work well on this camera. That is not the fault of this lens. The zoom works very nicely, but the focus is slow and not too accurate. The lens is not parfocal, so every zoom adjustment requires an adjustment of focus. Some of this is the camera...the lens is designed for still photography. A manual focus option would be useful. Focal length range is perfect for my 30' by 30' studio.

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                4.0

                A Step Up

                By Markus

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adaptable
                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Scout Camp
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                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). It is unfair, therefore, to describe this one as "a jack of all trades, master of none," because the moniker leans more toward mediocrity. All of the things this lens does well, lean away and toward excellence. The one item that does not thrill is realistically the same as the standard kit lens. A 25mm prime will likely come in handy.

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                5.0

                This will be my walking around lens!

                By pete

                from cincinnati ohio

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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 M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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 M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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 M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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 M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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 M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 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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