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Specifications
Initial Price: 
$500
Release Date: 
12/2011

Lindsay Dobson writes about her impressions of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens, and impressed she is.

This kit lens may come out mauled by most the reviewers, but a minority like Lindsay-and others, see it otherwise. It may not be the optically best mirrorless kit lens there is (that distinction should probably go to the Fujinon XF 18-55mm), nor the cheapest, BUT, it is sharp enough, has a good zoom range, and is unbeatable when it comes to features., the 'Jack of all trades-master of none' equivalent of lenses.

And for those buying the E-M5 and get rid of this kit lens within 5 minutes because they read a bad review of it, just try it first, will ya? You get Weather sealing, 24-100mm range, power zoom and macro mode, all in one convenient package. Too dark for you? Just bump up the Iso and you're set. Don't believe me? Check out Lindsay's pics, many of these are shot at Iso 1250-1600:

"But the question got me thinking, and I asked myself if there might be situations where the Olympus M Zuiko ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ would prove useful to me. And actually, the answer is yes. . . . read more

Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens review by Thom Hogan: A bit better than your usual cheapo kit lens, especially for users that shoot video.

"I consider the 12-50mm a "kit lens for videographers." Most of the weaknesses of this lens hurt still users, but not video users, plus a video user likely feels more restrained by the kit lens than a still user. The 4x zoom range gives them more flexibility than the ~3x zoom range of the regular kit lens, the silent zoom/focus is necessary for close work, and even the quasi-macro range opens up abilities that a video user would seek.

While Olympus and others have suggested this lens with the E-M5 as the perfect kit lens combination, I have reservations . . . read more

Panasonic 14-45 mm vs Olympus 12-50 mm at CameraErgonomics.com

A very interesting comparison, mostly summed up in this phrase:

"The combination of  lower microcontrast, more uncorrected chromatic aberration and more local flare means that in general photographic use the Oly 12-50 mm lens, even when correctly focussed,  will often deliver less satisfying image quality than . . . read more

Olympus issues new firmware for M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens

Here's what's fixed:

Performance of image stabilizer in macro mode when used with E-M5 in the OM-D series has been improved.
The Zoom Resume (similar to Olympus' RESET LENS OFF) function for electric zoom lenses when used with Panasonic cameras is now supported.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ review at Lens Tip

"It would be difficult to go into raptures here. The Olympus 12-50 mm has problems to pull level with the “pancakes” which are already a kind of compromise between a high image quality and small dimensions. Maximum results of less than 60 lpmm are certainly not impressive.

Even before we start criticizing Olympus – which is a producer known for its excellent optics – we must remind you here about two things. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Review at Photography Blog

Here's another review of this lens that goes with the 'Jack of all trades, master of none' mantra. Unfair? Sure, when it comes to lightweight ness, weather proofing, video optimization, and even price, this lens appears to be in the 'master' category. This pretty much leaves only the optical characteristics as a 'Jack':

"Based on its specifications alone, it would be tempting to dub the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ a “jack of all . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review at ePhotozine

Apparent sharpness, appealing weather proofing, and appalling aperture at the tele end, is the very short version of this review:

"As focusing and zoom are performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are fairly quick, although in low light conditions the lens can sometimes struggle . . . read more

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