March 17, 2018 by Andres
Wide lens for great price
I use to have a Rokinon 12mm f2 lens, but it was so bulky, heavy, manual focus, and even though it had the f2, it wasn't worth carrying around, I hardly used it. Welcome the 12-50mm; wide enough for those landscape photos and enough zoom to get some nice portraits. It's now my kit lens, and the one I use the most. Photos are nice and clear.
February 10, 2018 by Paul
Great lens for everyday use
This is my go to everyday lens. I would prefer the 12-40 pro but in the mean time this does great, just take your time when shooting. Never used it for Macro but its great for landscapes. my only complaint is its long and sometimes cumbersome to carry around attached.
November 29, 2017 by DARRELL
My everyday lens.
This is an awesome go to lens for everyday shooting. Stays mounted to my E-M10 II. This lens has the best of both worlds, electronic zoom or manual. Images are sharp.
November 26, 2017 by Torchy
Don't overlook this lens
THis is a very good lens, and nice to use. I use one with the E-M1 and it makes for a lightweight, easy to handle, weatherproof unit with excellent macro capabilities. It is also capable of producing excellent image quality. (I will add a few photos to the gallery). It's also inexpensive. There's nothing not to like about this lens. The 12-40mm is a nice lens also, but is bigger and heavy to carry around, I usually opt for the 12-50mm as my everyday lens.
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October 9, 2017 by MSRW
Possibly the ideal OMD lens--contrary to what you may hear....
I have owned this lens and the 12-40 f2.8 pro lens for a couple of years, and am a former professional photographer. I generally don’t write product reviews, but I can’t help but think that most of the reviewers of this lens have missed the point of what it brings to the photographer, so I thought I’d chime in. Here are the qualities that make the 12-50 truly special: 1. Balance on the OMD EM1 camera is outstanding--the overall package handles a lot better than the OMD-EM1 with the 12-40 f2.8. 2. Excellent focal range, covers most uses. Better range than the 12-40 f2.8. For quite a few purposes, it’s possible to use the focal length doubling feature in the OMD-EM1 and extend the lens reach out to 100mm (200mm 35mm camera equivalent). 3. Motorized zoom is essential for professional video. The 12-40 f2.8 doesn’t have this capability. 4. Built in macro. 5. Inexpensive but weatherproof. 6. LIghtweight--much more pleasant to carry than heavy, faster lenses. Granted, the optical qualities of this lens aren’t comparable to the 12-40 f2.8, but in an era when most of the creative process happens in post production (rather than during image capture), and when lens qualities can be corrected in post production, it isn’t as necessary as it used to be to lug around optically outstanding--but heavy and unwieldy--lenses. Since the OMD EM1 has much better low light performance than digital cameras of even a few years ago, and dramatically better performance than film cameras, the need for fast lenses to pursue low light is much reduced. Boka and blurring the background via a wide f-stop can now also be done in post production. So there is much lower value in using faster, heavier, more expensive lenses than there used to be. All in all, I like the 12-50 better than I do the much more expensive and less versatile 12-40 f2.8, based on the former’s versatility and convenience. In no way do I find that it limits my photographic capabilities.
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