January 7, 2016 by tsg
Very versatile lens
This is a very handy and versatile lens. You get a lot for your money if you are just starting out it will fill any gaps in your prime lens collection nicely. Covering 24mm - 100m 35mm equivalent focal lengths gives you very wide angle through to short telephoto. So you are set with macro, ultra wide, wide, and portrait all in one lens. The form factor is pretty good - it's light, fairly small although a tad on the long side. It's a little soft, but you can't expect a lens that does so much to be razor sharp. Good for video as well as photos. I prefer to shoot wide angle and have some very nice wide angle Olympus primes, but this lens is my go to when I need to shoot macro, portraits or video..
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July 14, 2015 by Michael
decent all around
Like most of the reviews have stated, the lens is a tad slow, with a max aperture of f/6.3 on the long end. It doesn't really bother me though, since I tend to mostly shoot landscapes at f/8 anyways. It's versatile, and the macro mode comes in handy once in a while. What bothered me the most is the lack of a true manual focus, when you flick the ring to manual focus mode, it's actually focus by wire, with no distance markers. So it's not useful for the star photography that I like to do once in a while. But it's not a big deal since you'd probably want a faster lens for that anyways.
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April 16, 2015 by Sima
A good all purpose lens
I got this lens as a kit lens bundled with my EM-5. All in all it is a good lens. Good things about it: 1. It is a durable lens, weather, splash and dust proof is a great feature. I had some chances taking photos in a super snowy winter night, with this lens, I am worry free. Although focus get a little slow when it is very cold. 2. It changes the focal length internally, so unlike some other wide range lens, the 12-50mm lens won't screw in and out when you change the focal length. 3. It has a Macro function. Well it is not the real Macro, but it is interesting enough. I really like that when I feel like using a Macro lens but don't have to change the lens for taking a few photos in the field. 4. It has 12 mm to 50 mm focus length. So if you don't want to bring too many lens with you for a travel, this is the one you could bring with. It can covers almost everything for the travel. Some things I wish it has: 1. Larger aperture. When it is darker or you are indoor with not so much light, even with the powerful 5-AXIS from my EM-5, the picture still gets blurred. 2. Get Shorter in size. It is still a little too long for my EM-5, which make it looks a little special. It also make the whole package not very mobile because of the big lens.
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April 11, 2015 by Skylark
So Soft... Prime It
I have tussled with this lens for about a year. My best photos have yet to come from this lens as hard as I try. It is just too slow, not sharp enough, and not very ergonomically pleasing due to it's length. I am considering switching to the 45mm f/1.8 or the 12mm f/2.0 primes to try to gain in speed and sharpness. This lens helped me test focal lengths to narrow down my decision on what lens to buy. Right now, my best shots almost exclusively come from my 25mm Panasonic 1.8. Overall this lens just lacks too much in contrast and sharpness. My panasonic 25mm has set the bar for the kind of contrast and sharpness I want. It's hard to choose another lens after this. The plus of this lens is that it's sealed and has a lot of buttons to play with like the function button, the digital zoom and the macro function. Overall, I regret buying this lens, but even from this lens, I have a learned a lot more about photography. The conclusion is that for the m4/3 cameras, you will just need a faster lens than this to feel satisfied with the results. The only way to even get an in-focus low light shot, you have to crank up the ISO manually. Even after that, it's rare that you would ever like something in hand-held low light conditions from this lens, which makes things extremely frustrating as you miss street scenes that you would have easily captured with a better lens with the same focal lengths. The macro is the best feature on this lens, but I am not into macro photography very much, and I am sure if I were, I would want the Oly 60mm instead.
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April 3, 2015 by Martin
Great, but a tad slow
This is one misunderstood lens. A good performer overall, with slight soft corners wide open, but still a stellar lens stopping it down a bit. But I don't really care for stopping down a lens, specially this one, since is so slow, so I most of the time shoot wide open, unless I'm taking Macro, which can indeed benefit from the added depth of field. Speaking of Macro, it's in really very usable, and images are very sharp and contrasty. Power zoom is great, and the fact that the front element neither rotates nor increases in length when focusing of zooming, makes it a very nice video lens. And you still have the option of flipping back the ring for manual zoom, although I don't use it very often. It might impact battery life a bit, though, and I haven't tested that particularity too much, but is good to take it into account when you are far away from a power outlet. Weather sealing is a welcomed bonus. Overall a winner that finds a place in my camera bag, and use it very often when light conditions permit. And if not, IBIS always comes to rescue me and save the day. Highly recommended.
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