Tired of jerky movements when manually adjusting the lens during video recording on your Olympus PEN? Fret no more. The new ultra silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ lens guarantees ultra smooth transitions worthy of top cinematographers, thanks to an electromagnetic zoom mechanism that powers the lens on its own. So now anyone can shoot more professional looking movies with the minimum of effort.
While the lens is ideal for video work, it’s no slouch when it comes to shooting stills either, delivering lightning fast auto focus and variable zoom speed. Extremely versatile, the all-encompassing Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ, offering a 35mm equivalent of 24-100mm, is as adept at wide-angle work as it is portraiture and macro close up photography. Closest focusing distance is 20cm.
This Olympus optic is also the first PEN compatible lens to incorporate the new 'L-Fn' – or AF Lock - button, which means that focus is always locked on target. Should something else stray in front of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ, a press of this control will temporarily suspend auto focus until it moves away. This means the lens is perfect for fans of hand-on shooting, with the ability to suspend auto operation altogether and switch to the manual ring.
Thanks to a MSC ('Movie and Still Compatible') mechanism with linear motor drive, the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ enables faster – near instant – and quieter auto focusing than previous systems. The motorised zoom mechanism also makes possible smooth zooming at a constant speed, which proves especially useful when recording video clips as well as stills photography.
The zoom system is also switchable, which means that either electric zoom or manual zoom can be used independently, depending on the desire of the user. The motor can additionally be set to zoom at one of three variable speeds. The 'slow' setting provides time enough to concentrate on composing a visually dynamic frame, while 'fast' makes sure that no potentially award-winning shot is missed.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ lens configuration here boasts 10 lenses in 9 groups. These include a DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses that correct for common zoom aberrations, HR (High Refractive index) lens and ED (Extra low Dispersion) lens. The lens further offers a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and a minimum aperture of f/22, plus an 84° maximum angle of view.
ne of the beauties of the Micro Four Thirds system adopted by PEN cameras is that fact that not only are the camera bodies eminently portable – the compatible lenses are too. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ is no exception, despite being a power zoom, and is both compact and lightweight. Official dimensions are 57mmx83mm, with a filter diameter of 52mm and a weight of 211g.
Furthermore the lens offers splash and dust proofing the equivalent of that provided on Olympus’ flagship digital SLR the E-5. This provides photographers with peace of mind to keep shooting in conditions that would prove too harsh for lesser lenses.
Producing clear images and superb sharpness the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ further enhances the high performance of the Olympus Digital PEN Micro Four Thirds system cameras.
When coupled with a Micro Four Thirds Live Mos sensor it helps to deliver the image quality of a DSLR in a compact and easy to use camera, and allows Digital Pen owners to discover the fun and expanded creative possibilities of using an interchangeable lens camera system.
The PEN series’ built-in compact dust reduction system, in the form of Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF), adds to the lens’ performance by eliminating the particles that can otherwise intrude and attach themselves to the camera’s sensor when swapping lenses. The SSWF is a transparent filter located between the camera's shutter and sensor.
Available in a choice of black or silver, the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ also fashionably complements whichever Digital PEN series camera body it is twinned with.
Related optional accessories include a Protection Filter (PRF-D52 PRO), Lens Hood (LH-55B), Lens Case (LSC-0814).
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