Olympus 12-50mm

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jgreg, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. jgreg

    jgreg Mu-43 Regular

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    May 2, 2016
    James Gregus
    I have read that some people do not like the 12-50mm lens. Well I shot it today at a car show and this is what I got.
     

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  2. nzdigital

    nzdigital Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 20, 2010
    New Zealand
    Wayne
    Hi James

    Great images. Looked like a fantastic car show.

    I love the 12-50mm and it's on my E-M5 Mk2 90% of the time. Very versatile and a great walk-around lens for capturing just about anything.

    I suppose we all wish it was a bit 'faster' (f3.5-4.5 would be nicer), and while some question its sharpness, my copy is plenty sharp enough.

    I wrote a mini review of the lens on my blog here: NZ Digital: Olympus Zuiko 12-50mm kit lens for landscapes

    What's the saying? - 100% of gear is better than 90% of the photographers using it....? or something like that o_O
     
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  3. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Awkward (too long and thin), power zoom, too slow at f/6.3, not sharp enough are all the standard complaints given the retail price.

    Now if it was $299 - $349 when released .......

    Really enjoyed the macro ability.
     
  5. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It is a versatile internally zooming, video capable (variable speed power zoom) weather sealed macro lens. It is reasonably sharp at 12mm but does get softer at 50mm, as well as being less bright. If it was f5.6 at 50mm it would have been even better.
     
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yeah, most of the complaints come from back when it was launched and was a $499 lens. Now that you can get used ones for $200, most would say it is pretty great for the price.

    And now that the P 12-60 came out and is just as long, I don't even know if we can complain about the size.
     
  7. jgreg

    jgreg Mu-43 Regular

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    May 2, 2016
    James Gregus
    thanks Wayne. I was just up in Mn on vacation and shot these with my 14-150mm Oly. Falls56crop6x4NikB&W. ThreeGondolas53crop6x4Nik. TopFalls81crop6x4Nik.
     
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  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I think you're taking my comments to mean I don't like the lens. I don't have it anymore, but it's a fine lens at it's current price. A very handy range and macro feature, really enjoyed that it started at 12mm instead of 14mm.

    Part of the size comments have to do with it being longer and thinner.
     
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  9. jgreg

    jgreg Mu-43 Regular

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    May 2, 2016
    James Gregus
    I like the Oly 12-50mm and the 14-150mm lenses. In fact I like all my Oly lenses. I also have the 25mm and 45mm prime lenses. If you think the 12-50mm is too long and thin try carrying around a D750 with power grip and 28-300mm and see what wide and fat are all about. I have that combo with a 50mm f/1.8 and 24mm f/2.8D. Than if that isn't enough to bitch about we can get into medium format , 4x5 or 8x10 cameras. Why people have to cry about everything.
     
  10. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'm using the ZD 12-60 (f2.8-4.0) lens on the E-M1 now & that is certainly much bigger & heavier, but the 12-50 still gets used on the E-M5 for that lighter kit.
     
  11. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    I saw today the local shop has new O12-50 for $230 (actually 8,000 THB), prompting me to research it for a few hours. Seems like it would be a decent replacement for two lenses in my travel kit: the O9-18 (which I shoot mostly at 11-12) and the P14-45. I've always wanted to play with a macro lens, even one as limited as the O12-50. The softness at 50+ isn't a problem for the same reason it wasn't a problem in 2011: switch to the O40-150. The two make a good pair. Actually, the softness is a benefit. In the not too distant past soft lenses were used for portraits.