12-50 Kit Lens Worth Buying?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by chrism_scotland, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I'm aware the only WR lens currently for M4/3 is the OMD Kit lens the 12-50.

    I know that as a kit lens its not likely to set the world alight bit enabling me to use the kit in the wet, and in Scotland we're getting a lot of rain right now! Might encourage me to get out with my new OM-D more, but is the lens worth buying cheaply from someone who bought the kit?
  2. allenrowand

    allenrowand Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Allen Rowand
    For around $300 it's a great walk-around lens. I like mine, and enjoy having the macro ability built in as well as the weatherproofing. I enjoy shooting in all weather and at the beach, so it's the only option for me unless Olympus releases the 12-60 f2.8-4. The Panasonic 12-35 is too expensive for my budget (though it's a great lens) and I prefer having more telephoto reach in a midrange zoom.

    So find a used 12-50 and get out and shoot!
  3. Joe777

    Joe777 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012
    For the price a great lens.
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  4. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I agree. This lens has taken a lot of bashing, most of which I think is undeserved. Pretty hard to beat the value/versatility equation.
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  5. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
    I use the macro function quite a bit. It's my only macro capable lens.

    To be honest I never shoot macro since carrying a specialty lens always skips my mind. So having it in the kit zoom is kind of nice.

    12-50mm is certainly the most versatile mid-range zoom available right now. 12-35mm is better in image quality but it's at least 3x the price :(.
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  6. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    I got this lens on the cheap from a very nice forum member...

    I likie the 12mm angle....

    and the image quality, seems no differen't from my 14mm and 20mm...



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  7. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Agree, but I've noticed a lot of the bashers don't own one. :redface: For $300, no complaints whatsoever! :thumbup:

    Oh, should mention - I do own one. :biggrin:
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  8. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    I'm glad I got the 12/50 kit lens. Other day I went up a rough trail a couple miles to a bluff to shoot the sunset. Got up there and it started to rain. Not heavy but heavy enough I wouldn't have even thought of taking a non weather resistant camera and lens out of the jeep. As it was I got some neat shots through the rain.


    yes that's my hand in the upper left corner :tongue:
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  9. strang

    strang Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2012
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  10. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Nice! :thumbup: Non-OEM shade??? :biggrin:
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  11. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    It's actually the best kit lens I've ever had, kits are about utility not fast-glass. Total deal @ $300 USD.

    Would I buy it stand alone? Probably not for $500, with the kit "discount" it's well worth it.
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  12. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    littleMT... you sure have no problem squeezing great images out of everything you shoot! :thumbup:
    BTW, I love the 12mm FOV.
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  13. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Thanks guy's I've seen a guy selling one cheap so I might go for it!