Olympus launches M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Bhupinder2002, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  2. Jemski

    Jemski Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 5, 2011
    Philippines
    Jeremy
    Nooohh! 6.3 Aperture @ 50 o_O
     
  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Haahahh I am confused..why the hell they didn't make 2.8-4.5 like four third version 14-54 MkII
     
  4. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    I was really hoping for a 12-60mm.

    F6.3? You might as well just carry a point and shoot.

    This is only really useful as a 12mm f3.5 lens. The price is reasonable.
     
  5. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    It's kind of too large for a slow 12mm lens. Almost the same size as 14-150.
     
  6. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    The other nice thing about it is the macro mode. Olympus calls it 0.72x, which is really 0.36x, but that's actually pretty good. It seems like a decent jack of all trades lens, honestly.
     
  7. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    It's even worse than that. That lens, which I have, is actually f2.8-3.5, so the f6.3 is just horrible!
     
  8. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Honestly I was expecting 12-60mm 2.8-4.5 or something similar to 14-54mmMkII which i am gonna buy as I have adaptor already
     
  9. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Pete
    I love it when new kit gets announced and I have little interest - it makes the decision way easier! :wink:
     
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  10. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    do we have enough kits lenses already for m43?
     
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  11. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    These lens choices are just starting to baffle me from Olympus. I sort of got it with their 70-300mm - F6.3 on a telephoto ain't great, but it was understandable considering they were going for a compact size as well.

    F6.3 on a 50mm lens is just a joke. Coming from a company that previously made zoom lenses faster than anybody else, I just don't get it! Not to mention the powerzoom, macro coupling ring and zoom disable buttons making the lens unnecessarily complex as well. Did they give the guys who are financially destroying the company new jobs in the R&D department too?

    Edit: the only saving grace is the weather sealing being incorporated, as that would be pointless without a future sealed body...
     
  12. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Their 75-300mm lens is actually f/6.7 at the long end. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    Nope,we need a new one every year. From both companies.
     
  14. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Guys... I think you're missing something very important here.

    This lens is WEATHER SEALED! What do you think this means for the system....?

     
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  15. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    There is a point where it doesn't really matter, does it? hahaha.

    The other strange part of making such slow lenses is that the 4/3 sensor, though gaining ground, isn't exactly considered the low light king of larger sensor cameras. If it were something faster like F4.5 on the long end you'd at least be competing with the higher end kit lenses that are available for aps-c cameras.
     
  16. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    Olympus going to provide a scotch taped version of EPs, cause of its financial issues?
    :rolleyes:
     
  17. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 29, 2010
    :rofl:
    "D" model. Disposable.
     
  18. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Scotch tape? More like teflon tape. How many of us would love an E-P3 with weather sealing (granted, we need a weather sealed MMF-3 as well, as this one lens won't cover our needs)?
     
  19. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I think this is a logical evolution of the kit lens, but it's the one that should have been released about 2 iterations ago ... At least this one has some real value - close focusing, weather sealing, wider wide end ...
     
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  20. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Bad weather -> not much light -> f/6.3 is gonna be a major limitation.

    Given that the Panny 12-35 looks to be about the same size (at least-lengthwise) and 2-3 stops faster, I think I'll keep saving my pennies...

    DH