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

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

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Overview

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

With magnification topping out at just over 4x and a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24 to 100mm, this lens takes you from wide angle to medium telephoto without breaking a sweat. Maximum aperture is f3.5 and this lens can deliver rich color and sharp details even when the light is bit muted. This internal zoom lens features 10 elements in 9 groups, including one DSA, or Dual Super Aspherical, lens, as well as aspherical and ED glass; this sophisticated optical design helps eliminate distortion in your wide-angle shots.

  1. 12-50mm Focus Length
  2. High-Speed Imager AF (MSC)
  3. Electronic Zoom
  4. Splashproof Construction
  5. One Touch 
Macro Mode
  6. Dedicated L-FN Button
  7. Manual Focus
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  • MACRO CAPABILITIES
  • ELECTRONIC ZOOM
  • VERSATILITY
  • WEATHERPROOF
  • MSC
  • SPECIAL LENS HOOD
  • MACRO CAPABILITIES
  • ELECTRONIC ZOOM
  • VERSATILITY
  • ONE-TOUCH MACRO

    With a maximum magnification of 4.2X zoom, you can snag some fantastic macro shots.

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  • ELECTRONIC ZOOM

    The zoom functions on this lens are a marvel of advanced engineering. You can choose mechanical or electric zoom operation, and switch easily between the two using a moveable ring, which is also used to lock in macro mode. The linear motor drive that powers the zoom in electric mode is great for smooth dramatic zooming effects when you’re shooting video.

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  • A RANGE OF 
SHOOTING STYLES

    The 12-50mm zoom lens is versatile enough to capture both wide-angle landscapes and gorgeous portraits, quiet enough to shoot amazing noise-free videos, and rugged enough to use in the Great Outdoors. It’s a lens you can take almost anywhere, to shoot almost anything!

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  • WEATHERPROOF 
CONSTRUCTION

    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.

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  • MOVIE & STILL 
COMPATIBLE MECHANISM

    One of this lens’s most interesting features is the unique-to-Olympus Movie & Still Compatible mechanism, or MSC. This technology provides amazingly fast – and nearly silent – autofocus operation. You’ll really notice the benefit when you play back your HD video and the only thing you hear is the ambient background noise in the scene you were filming; what you won’t hear is the sound of the lens moving as it changes focus. This lens is perfect for tracking action.

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  • BAYONET CONNECTION 
LENS HOOD

    There is a bayonet connection lens hood available for this lens – and if you’re expecting to be doing a lot of outdoor shooting in bright conditions, the hood will really help prevent strong side or stray light from causing unwanted ghosting aberration. This lens does have a 52mm filter thread and readily accepts UV, Polarizer, or just plain old protective filters if you need them.

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  • ONE-TOUCH MACRO

    With a maximum magnification of 4.2X zoom, you can snag some fantastic macro shots.

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  • ELECTRONIC ZOOM

    The zoom functions on this lens are a marvel of advanced engineering. You can choose mechanical or electric zoom operation, and switch easily between the two using a moveable ring, which is also used to lock in macro mode. The linear motor drive that powers the zoom in electric mode is great for smooth dramatic zooming effects when you’re shooting video.

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  • A RANGE OF 
SHOOTING STYLES

    The 12-50mm zoom lens is versatile enough to capture both wide-angle landscapes and gorgeous portraits, quiet enough to shoot amazing noise-free videos, and rugged enough to use in the Great Outdoors. It’s a lens you can take almost anywhere, to shoot almost anything!

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Specs

Key Specs

  1. Focal Length
    12-50mm
  2. 35mm Equivalent Focal Length
    24-100mm
  3. Lens Construction
    10 Elements in 9 Groups DSA lens, 2 Aspherical lenses and ED Lens
  4. Dust & Drip Proof
    No
  5. Closest Focusing Distance
    0.35m
  6. Maximum Aperture
    f3.5
  7. Minimum Aperture
    f22

Lens Diagrams

  1. MTF 12mm F3.5 Chart
  2. MTF 50mm F6.3 Chart
  3. Lens Element Diagram

Additional Specs

  1. Angle of View
    84 - 24 Degree
  2. Max. Image Magnification
    0.36x
  3. 35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification
    0.72x
  4. Minimum Field Size
    36 x 48mm
  5. Number of Blades
    5 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
  6. Filter Size
    Diameter 52mm
  7. Weight
    211g
  8. AF System
    High-speed Imager AF (MSC) Linear Motor Drive System
  9. Mount Standard
    Micro Four Thirds System Standard
  10. Box Contents
    Lens Cap (LC-52C), Lens Rear Cap (LR-2), Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
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November 29, 2016 by peter
Too many design compromises
I bought this lens with an OMD-EM-5 (Mark I) shortly after Olympus brought out the body. I got it from a local camera store wanting to support them. To start off, the body is terrific, although since greatly surpassed by the EM-5 Mk II. I will not review the body here. The m.Zuiko is a well built internal zooming and focusing lens which promises a lot. Sadly, it fails to deliver. The range of focal lengths is great for walking around. However at essentially all apertures and focal lengths it is soft. The principal problem in my single sample is significant chromatic aberration. To some extent this is clearly a conscious choice in the design because it is somewhat corrected by the camera's firmware -- if and only if you're shooting in JPEG. But serious photographers using a camera this sophisticated will be shooting and printing from RAW where the internal post processing is not available. The other major problem I have is the serious amount of flare in the system, particularly when facing into bright lights. It is intrinsic and cannot be fixed in software post-exposure. The effect is a subtle to serious loss of contrast and color saturation, making for flat images. As slow as the lens is, this sample could not be used wide open at 12mm. Stopping down more than one stop to f/8.0 seemed mandatory to get acceptable images from the point of view of edge sharpness and also color saturation. That pushed me up against the envelope in several dimensions: 1) exposures have to be longer, and even with five axis stabilization this can get out of hand, or 2) the ISO setting has to be faster, creating a noise problem given that the sensor is a micro 4/3 (yes, you can get away with ISO 1250, faster than almost any film ever made, but we are in a digital era) and 3) with small apertures and short focal lengths, separating subject from background and getting creamy bokeh becomes impossible. Pictures made with this lens tend to have no more background separation than a shot made in broad daylight with a very small sensor point and shoot. The lens is yet slower at 50mm, which means that you may need to shoot between f/8.9 and f/11 to get acceptable sharpness and CA when shooting RAW. Longer focal length + smaller aperture <=> longer exposures or higher sensitivities. In turn this means noisier images and less subject-background separation. The actual sharpness at long focal lengths also falls off as can be seen in the Olympus MTF charts for the lens. The lens is unacceptably soft wide open at 50mm, and even stopping down only gets to barely acceptably at f/8.0 before the effects of diffraction impare performance a f/11. Olympus provides the lens with a macro setting which enables quite close focusing at 43 mm, fixed focal length. Is it an advantage to have a crippled macro setting as opposed to no macro? That's a personal choice. I preferred to work from a little farther away with a longer focal length or the ability to zoom to fill the frame. Note that the lens is so slow that a tripod or other steadying assist is mandatory. I bought the brilliant 60mm, f/2.8 macro which solved those problems. The lack of inherent sharpness means that any closeup pictures will lack the high subject sharpness that makes a great macro picture. It's particularly noticeable in photos of flowers and leaves where stamens, veins and edges really should look as if engraved with a laser. The problems come not from the construction of the lens, but rather the compromises that have to be made to get a compact 4:1 zoom that can be sold at a price that made the combination of body and lens extremely attractive and still let the designer obey the laws of physics and the refractive indices of glasses in the standard catalogs. My real problem is that I did not think through the compromises before opting for the 12-50 mm as opposed to the smaller, lighter, slower, and cheaper 12-42. Nevertheless I was initially so disappointed with my pictures that I nearly returned the whole m4/3 system. That would have been a mistake. Today I sold the 12-50 lens and bought the 12-40 f/2.8 PRO lens. Now that lens is simply magnificent!!
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November 23, 2016 by WalterBear
Exellent all-purpose zoom with lots of features
I love this lens. It's so versatile and, in my opinion, one of the best values in Olympus lenses. I like that it has such a wide focal range of course, and the macro function is very impressive, but the thing I like best is the really good images it captures. I'm not too concerned with its speed (but admit that's what cost it 5 stars) because I fully understand it is a "daylight use" lens. I have the 25mm f1.8 for nighttime shots. What this lens really does well on my E-M10 Mark II is serve as a "one-lens" solution for walking around during the day sightseeing. I took some really great shots with it on my last trip to San Diego. Very impressive clarity, contrast and color. Good bokeh in all shots that show that aspect. Oh, and I really like the size! It's not at all "too big." Its length actually makes it much easier to hold the whole camera. And with the hood on, it stands up very well (nice and level) when put on a table. I really like using the manual zoom mode for still shots (a bit more control), but have to say that the electric zoom mode is perfect for video. The macro mode is very impressive. What else is going for it? How about weatherproof? Dedicated function button (really useful to me)? In summary, two words...Buy it!
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October 1, 2016 by Mirko
Good all-rounder
Very good for casual shooting and travel and OK for other purposes (macro, portrait). Excels in optimal conditions (enough light) but starts having trouble as the light gets lower. I don't think the size or the weight are too much as I've never thought the setup with it and the E-M5 was cumbersome. Haven't done any videos so can't comment on that but it does have a motorized zoom which should come in handy. Weatherproofing proved to be a great feature. Overall, a good all round lens which doesn't break the bank.
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