Olympus 12-50 'gritty' zoom action

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by wjiang, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've had my new 12-50 for a couple of months now, and the manual zoom action still feels very 'gritty' to me. By comparison, the slightly older but bought used O40-150 and the bridge superzoom I used to have are much smoother. Question for existing owners of this lens - does it eventually wear in and get smoother?
  2. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 20, 2012
    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
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    That's pretty much how it is. You need to remember you are manually moving the gears of the motor drive of the zoom which is something other lenses wouldn't have. I don't know if is actually rotating the zoom motor or not, but it feels like it does (even if it isn't) & hence it feels different to a standard zoom.
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  3. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Yes the 12-50 definately has a rougher feel to it when manually zooming than non-power zooms. But it's smooth when using the power zoom feature.