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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
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  • Electromagnetic zoom mechanism
  • ED and aspherical lens elements
  • Macro mode feature (0.36x magnification at 20cm)
  • Dust and Splash Proof
  • 5 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Metal mount
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ

Overview

Description by Olympus:

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ comes with a new ultra-smooth, near-silent electromagnetic zoom mechanism that powers the lens on its own - no potentially jerky wrist work required. This makes it easy for anyone to make great movies. Add in variable zoom speed and blazing quick auto focus, and it’s the perfect zoom lens for recording movies and portraits. It’s also ideal for high-quality macros or wide-angle shots and the first PEN lens with the new L-Fn button, which prevents the camera focusing on the wrong subject by mistake. Should something suddenly come between the lens and your intended subject, you simply push this button to temporarily suspend autofocus until it’s moved out of the way.

  • Electromagnetic zoom mechanism
  • Special AF-lock button (L-Fn)
  • Compact design and lightweight
  • Choose your favourite from 2 colours
  • ED and aspherical lens elements for excellent quality
  • close focusing distance of 20cm

Reviews

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.

Post date: 28/01/2013 - 10:47

"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

Post date: 06/12/2012 - 00:00

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

Post date: 08/10/2012 - 06:35

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.

Post date: 29/03/2012 - 00:00

"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.

Post date: 18/03/2012 - 18:32

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

Post date: 13/03/2012 - 22:58

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

Post date: 07/03/2012 - 04:39

Optically bland, but weather sealed, video optimized and farther reaching at the tele end, this lens is a good alternative to the usual 12-42mm kit lens:

 

"If you are thinking about the possibility of this being a cheaper solution to the 12mm f/2, think again. Its not the same optically. In fact its quite soft. My copy didn't even seem quite as sharp as the 14-42mm kit lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus. However 

Post date: 24/02/2012 - 18:39

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
AF Motor type: 
High-speed Imager AF (MSC) - Linear Motor Drive System
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
12 - 50mm
Angle of view: 
84° - 28°
Zoom Ratio: 
4.2x
Max Magnification: 
0.36x
Lens construction: 
10 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
5 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.35m
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
57.0mm
Length: 
83.0mm
Weight: 
211g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and Splash Proof
Filter Diameter: 
52mm

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