So...generally, I hate kit lenses. They're slow, have limited range (DSLR 18-55s, 12-32, etc), usually have crap build quality and disappointing IQ. I come from a pro-gear background, with plenty of Canon Ls in my past, and some truly beautiful lenses in my present line-up (the Olympus 75 1.8 is king of the hill, currently)...so I'm no newb, and I have a fairly high standard for my gear...which makes it all that much more praise-worthy that this lens makes me happy so often! So, I held off for a good long while on getting the 12-50, but I wanted to have at least ONE lens that'll let me take advantage of my E-M5's weathersealing, so I waited for a great deal and picked one up. I have to say...I really like it. Sadly, it doesn't go wide enough for me to use it as a travel lens, but for bumming around town, it's a great little lens, and the macro mode is a fantastic hidden talent! It feels solid in hand (even though it's very light), the controls are great, the L.Fn. button is a cool little feature, the fact that it doesn't rotate or extend is nice, and the weathersealing is incredible for a kit lens at this price. Best of all...the image quality is just about on par with my more expensive lenses. Furthermore, at 12mm, it's actually quite a bit faster than my 9-18, which is kind of cool. The f6.3 at the long end is painful, but hey...at least there is a long end. Some of my recent shots with this lens: From a walk yesterday after work...found a cool little hidden temple near my house (South Korea)...the first shot is the handle of a ceremonial bell...macro mode. EDITVOM2941 by Tamas V, on Flickr Interior: EDITVOM2935 by Tamas V, on Flickr Random... EDITVOM1604 by Tamas V, on Flickr April 24 edit....flexing the 12-50's macro muscles: EDITVOM4955 by Tamas V, on Flickr That is all...just wanted to share...I like finding hidden little gems at reasonable prices in any line up (the 40 Pancake in Canon's line-up was such a lens)...for Oly, I think the price-to-happiness ratio is best with the 12-50 and the O45. At the prices I paid I don't expect much, and am pleasantly surprised every time I use them!