Oly 12-50 vs Oly 14-150

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by elandel, May 18, 2013.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Hi all,

    I own an E-pl5 and have the 14-42 and 14-150; I'm wondering if I could buy the 12-50 and use it as an all rounder and the difference in IQ, if any, between the 12-50 and 14-150 which I find a good lens.
  2. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Just an opinion, but unless you really want or need that extra 2mm and half stop at the wide end, I'm not sure the 12-50 gains you that much over the 14-150. The 12-50 is 3.26 inches long and weighs 7.44 ounces. The 14-150 is 3.3 inches long and weighs a bit more - 9.87 ounces. It also gives you a lot more at the long end if you need it. The 12-50's weather resistance doesn't get you much since the camera body you own now doesn't have it. Unless someone who owns both lenses can tell us that image quality from the 12-50 is really that much better, I'd keep the lens you have. I've seen great photos taken with both.
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    plus one to biros comment

    what I would do if you have money to spend on lenses is to look at what is your favourite focal length and invest in a prime.

    the 45 oly is best value, though the 14/2.5 or the 20/1.7 are both good possible purchases

    in the end it all depends on what kind of photos you are aiming at

  4. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    One thing is sure; even I get the 12-50 or other lens I won't sell the 14-150
  5. I have the 14-150 and the 12-50, I'm not sure I'd keep both except that I mainly use the 12-50 in conjunction with the 75-300 on my OMD and the 14-150 on my EPM-1 (for a compact travel option). Also the 12-50 is splash proof on the OMD which gives peace of mind on rainy days.

    I'm not sure of your exact situation but I wouldn't keep both if I didn't have 2 bodies set up as 2 kits in 2 different bags.
  6. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    My plan is to buy the EP5 in a near or far future depends on price drops. I'm sure that at some point this year I'll have another m4/3 body so maybe the 12-50 could be fine for everyday use. By what I read it's very versatile: it does many things and is descrete- wide (12mm) macro - medium telephoto etc., but excells in nothing so I think it's a good allrounder. My question is: is the IQ better - similar or worse than the 14-150?
  7. I haven't noticed a huge difference in IQ between the 14-150 and the 12-50 but I haven't pixel peeped them side by side on the same subject either.
  8. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I'm not a pixel peeper so it's not a problem.

    Thanks for input. I think I'll get one. I also have the 15mm cap on order.
  9. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I bought the E-M5 kitted with the 12-50 during launch because it was harder to find the body-only option. I sold it fairly quickly and got the 14-150.

    If you already have the 14-150, I don't see a point of also having the 12-50 unless you're after the weather seal.
  10. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Because I'll get an RP3/5 body only so I need another lens, that is not a prime.
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