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M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ

SKU# V314040BU000-410-base

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Overview

This compact Electric Zoom lens has a maximum magnification of 4.2X, covering a range that extends from a wide angle of 24mm (35mm camera equivalent) - ideal for taking wide shots even indoors - to a medium telephoto focal length of 100mm (35mm camera equivalent), - optimal for portraits. There are two technologies within this lens that make it particularly well suited to shooting video; the Auto Focus system utilizes Olympus’ MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism that employs a newly developed linear motor drive that enables faster, quieter focusing, and a newly developed motorized zoom mechanism that delivers quiet and smooth zooming. You can even remotely control the Electric Zoom function using Olympus’ free O.I.Share smart device app when mounted on a Wifi enabled Olympus camera body. And although the 12-50mm features electric zooming operation, it can also be switched to a traditional mechanical zoom mode by simply moving the Zoom Ring to the mechanical zoom mode position.

And more, when the Zoom Ring is moved to the forward-most position it activates the Macro mode allowing close focusing down to 8 inches with a maximum image magnification of .72X. A “Status” window built into the body of the lens shows at a glance which mode is engaged. A lens “FN” or function button can be customized just like the function button on a camera body allowing quick access to frequently changed settings. How about Durability? This lens features Olympus’ Dust and Splash-proof construction, so when it is matched with a Weatherproof OM-D body, rain, wind or snow won’t interfere with your photography. An optional dedicated bayonet attachment LH-55C Lens Hood handles harsh or stray light from causing aberration and doesn’t interfere when fitting a lens filter.

Item # V314040BU000

Lens Architecture

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specs
Mount Standard Micro Four Thirds System Standard
Focal Length 12-50mm (35mm equivalent focal length 24-100mm)
Lens construction 10 Elements in 9 Groups
- DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses and ED Lens
Angle of View 84 - 24 Degree
AF System High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
- Linear Motor Drive System
Closest Focusing Distance 0.35m (at Normal Mode)
0.2m (at Macro Mode)
Maximum Image Magnification 0.36x (at Normal Mode)
[0.72x (at Macro Mode)]
Minimum Field Size 36 x 48mm
Number of Blades 5 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture f3.5(12mm) - f6.3(50mm)
Minimum Aperture f22
Filter Size Diameter 52mm
Dimension Diameter 57 x 83mm
Weight 211g
Box Contents Lens Cap (LC-52C), Lens Rear Cap (LR-2), Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
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Customer Reviews of the M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ

January 27, 2015

Bill

Much more than just a kit lens

The OM-D E-M5 was my first serious foray into digital from fifty years in film, much of if with Olympus OM and Leica M. Olympus choose wisely in kitting their revolutionary EM-5 with this multi-capable lens. Yes, it has been superseded by its bigger, faster, much more expensive pro brother, the 12-40 f2.8. But by how much? This little lens remains a compact, quick and quiet, sharp, wider range optic, with macro capability to boot. I took it of a trip to Kenya with the 70-300, and they both served me very well. It's still in my regular kit, which now includes an EM-1. Maybe it should be in yours, too.

January 12, 2015

Michael

A bit too much kit in one lens

Had one that came with my E-M5. Unfortunately, no longer use it for anything.

This is a sort of classic case of a jack-of-all-trades lens. It does a bit of everything. Macro, wideangle, short-telephoto, manual & electric zoom, weatherproofing, relatively low price.

Unfortunately, there are quite a bit of drawbacks to this lens design. My first annoyance with it is the electric and manual zoom is much too easy to switch back and forth between. I often find myself twisting the zoom ring, only to get a few mm of travel because I inadvertently moved the ring forwards (or was it backwards?) I know it makes for a better video-centric design to have the option for both, but it very confusing the way it it implemented here. I would have just picked one or the other.

Another drawback is the very slow aperture at 50mm, which forces a higher minimum ISO when lower is needed to handle camera shake, and also removes the ability to achieve a shallow DoF often desired at this FL.

The lack of sharpness from this lens is also a disappointment, where even the other standard kit zoom lenses perform better, short of the 12mm wide-angle that this one has (others start at 14mm).

It's also a fairly lengthy lens, and not at all in the spirit of a compact system from m4/3.

I would say that casual HD video is the main purpose of this lens, but that's not exactly a great thing to state. Anyone with a planned production in mind would not use a lens like this.

The only other thing I can say is that this is a decent, but not great low cost weatherproof lens for those on a budget. But if you're on a budget, it is doubtful you have a weather-sealed camera to go with it.

Or many you just want one lens, even if it's only so-so because changing lenses is a pain. That begs the question of using a camera with interchangeable lens capability from the excellent high end point and shoots now available.

There just isn't a particular set of realistic circumstances where I can state that this lens does it best, and that is why it remains an unpopular choice.

Well, at least the build quality of mine was fine, and the lens works okay. That's about all I remember of it.

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