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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ Lens - Black
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- Standard zoom of 4.2x, high specification covering a 24mm wide-angle
- Electric zoom mechanism enables stable zooming operation at a constant rate
- Faster and noise-less AF control is achieved by adding new MSC mechanism in linear motor drive system.
- Dust and splash-proof
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The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ: Versatile super wide-angle 4.2x zoom with electromagnetic zoom for smoother movies
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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.
Special AF Lock (L-Fn) button
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.
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High speed AF, electromagnetic zoom mechanism, plus auto and manual operation
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.
ED plus aspherical lens elements deliver photo excellence
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.
Compact and lightweight yet splash and dust proof
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.
Pristine image quality throughout the focal range
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.
Co-ordinated colours ensure stylish performance
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).
Olympus Black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm lens
Lens cap (LC-52C)
Lens rear cap (LR-2)
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There aren't many WATERPROOF Micro Four Thirds lenses - this is the cheapest, and it's light to carry.
MACRO lenses are not cheap, so you may value the almost "macro" option (1:3 fixed at 43mm 0.36x).
Power zoom is great for VIDEO.
It's really sharp across most of the frame from 14-40mm. At 25mm and f/5.6 it is very good indeed.
There are lots available second hand and, as a well sealed lens, most will be in good condition.
It's just a bit overpriced when bought separately. (Unless 2nd hand - check MFB and Wex etc)
The maximum aperture is rather slow - at 25mm f/5.1 and at 50mm it's only f/6.3.
You might think that having a 12mm wide angle option is useful, but corners never sharp at 12mm and with bad Chromatic Aberration too. This is where the Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 really shines in comparison.
You might think that extra telephoto "reach" is useful over a 14-42m lens, but it's not very sharp at 50mm and slow too.
OVERALL: I take this lens on wet weather walks, when I value being able to take good close ups too. I bought mine "Used- Very Good" and it was perfect.
Compared to other kit lens, you get a wider 24mm equivalent, weather-sealed body and the macro mode.
This lens reminds me of those lens you find on compact cameras. Wide and with macro. Now, it's available on the Micro Four Thirds, well, in a much larger body.
It's smaller than I expected. Its height is close to the zoomed out standard kit lens. This lens is fixed in size because the zooming is internal.
It's made of mainly hard plastic and weighs 212g. It's light. The standard kit from Olympus weighs 113g and Panasonic 165g.
It's great there are two colours for this lens. I bought the black one to go with my black camera. It looks good together. I think contrasting colours of the lens and camera will draw unwanted attention.
The lack of any lens information marking on the front is a nice design touch which makes it discreet.
Olympus still can't find it in themselves to include a lens hood. This one uses the Olympus LH-55B Lens Hood which is used with the Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens
The focusing ring is smooth and nice to turn. This ring also functions as a zoom mode selector for macro mode, manual or electronic zoom.
The electronic zoom is well implemented and it's really made for video. The smooth zoom is great for video and the speed depends on how much you turn the ring. With manual zoom, I always get shaky video when zooming, but not so with the electronic zoom. It's a big plus here.
Autofocus is instant and silent.
Manual focus has an excellent, as usual, focus-by-wire implementation.
As for image quality, I felt it was good enough. Colours are nice. It's not as sharp as the 12mm prime, but it's not far off. At the 50mm end, it's sharp, well, it's shooting at f/6.3 after all.
As this isn't really considered a fast lens. It's good for outdoor use and have limited indoor application unless you're shooting at 12mm which is at f/3.5. Actually at 12mm, you should be able to get a sharp photo at 1/30s comfortably. Long end is f/6.3 so a firm hand and sometimes high ISO is needed.
The macro mode is extremely convenient. Especially useful for closeups like when you want to capture details of small items, e.g. shoot some products. The macro mode focal length is fixed at 43mm and aperture starts at f/6.0. It's not much of an issue here because for macro photos, the aperture has to be smaller for a deeper depth of field.
Macro's closest focusing distance is 20cm. Magnification is 0.72x. It's able to capture really fine details. I took a photo of a watercolor brush and can see every single strand of hair clearly defined.
Chromatic aberration is slightly discernible at the wide end on Panasonic cameras.
It cost much more than those kit lens. Is it worth it? It depends on what you value. I really like the 24mm and macro mode. Weather-sealed is not a criteria I look at when buying this since I don't shoot in conditions that require that. If you look at the price difference for 3 features you don't find on the standard kit lens, it's not too bad actually. It's definitely a lens worth considering if you're choosing a kit lens. More so if you don't like changing lens.
I see this lens primarily as an outdoor lens. Great for walkabouts, casual shots.
I'll rate it probably 4-4.5 stars out of 5.
At a glance
+ Well build weather-sealed body
+ Not too big
+ Fast and silent focus
+ Wide angle at 24mm
+ Useful and convenient macro mode
+ Electronic zoom useful for video
+ Reasonably good image quality
+ Worldwide warranty
- Slow f/6.3 at tele end
- No lens hood provided
- No lens pouch provided
--- Compared to Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens ---
By the way, I've the 12mm f/2 lens as well. I might be suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome. The 12mm f/2 prime has become the lens I use most frequently, to my surprise really. I was just using it recently at a night BBQ party, shooting at mostly f/2 1/30s at ISO 1600. You won't be able to do that with the 12-50mm lens without going to ISO 6400.
If you want to shoot wide at low light, there's not much option to choose from. And because of that, I might actually end up having two 12mm lens. Gasp! I can't believe I just wrote that.
--- Compared to Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Lens ---
It doesn't feel right to compare these two lens. The Panasonic one is a macro lens and yes, some use it for portraits also. The Olympus is a lens with macro as a feature. The Panasonic wins in terms of image quality of course, but at the price it's selling at, it should.
Once again, I must add that it's incredibly convenient to have a macro feature without having the whole lens being dedicated for that purpose. The respectable macro quality on the 12-50mm lens is a big plus.
I used it with my Olympus Pen E-PM1 Compact System Camera - Silver (includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens)
The lens has mixed reviews and I was concerned both about sharpness and about the physical size. On the size front at first the lens looks long and thin but this is because it has an internal zoom and the length of the lens never changes. In actual use it is only slightly longer than my 14-42mm kit lens.
So why buy a lens that is only 2mm wider and 8mm longer in reach. Well the 35mm comparision is a 28-84mm lens with a 24-100mm lens. 24mm is a proper wide angle lens and the difference on landscape and vertical oriented shots is immediately evident. The extra 16mm of zoom is useful but perhaps a 12-60mm lens would have been even more useful.
The lens has two buttons on it. One is the zoom switch lock and the other is the macro lock. Pressing the zoom switch allows the lens zoom grip to slide towards or away from the camera body. This engages manual zoom or power zoom. The power zoom is pointless for still photography but for video it is silent and behaves like a camcorder zoom. The macro button allows the slider to select macro mode and this shown on the lens barrel so you know what mode you are in. This gets very close to the subject and is superb. I was able to fill the frame with a closeup of half of my wristwatch so it is very suitable for close up shots of flowers and small animals.
The other thing that worried me was the sharpness. I did some test shots shooting brick walls at 12mm and 50mm and the results are just fine. Not amazingly good but good enough for what I need. The extreme edges are a bit soft at 12mm but the centre is fine. Printed out at 7x5" it is invisible. Printed out at full size might be but the distortion of the wide angle is more visible than any loss of sharpness. No it isn't as sharp as my Panasonic Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 Pancake Lens which is my mainstay lens but I did not expect it to be.
Ultimately I wanted a wide to telezoom of better than kit lens quality for not too much money. On these criteria this is an excellent lens.
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The build quality is fantastic too. Something you would expect from olympus.
bout a digital king wide angle adapter to screw on the end too with a 52 mm thread which makes it super wide!!!