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    Default Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    I had an E-PL1 when the OM-D came out. I have since purchased an E-PL5, which came with the 14-42 II R lens which has been good, fast focus, tiny, and sharp.

    However, I was interested in the 12-50 that came out as an option for the OM-D.

    Any thoughts here on why it seems the 12-50 got panned by the marketplace and many ended up on eBay removed from OM-D kits.

    I am also interested in something a bit smaller (pancake prime) for the E-PL5.

    Any happy thoughts there for me on a nice prime 1.7 or 20. I enjoy a bit of bokeh, but its not a prime motivator. Would like to get three lenses out to 150-200. A prime. Something zoom, and something long, or combined but best combination. Also considering the VF4 view finder.

    Yeah.. I know, why not sell the E-PL5 and look at used OM-D EM5, because I do like the OM-1 size and the grip. That's what I always shot with my OM1 and OM2 cameras.

    Any assistance or thoughts appreciated.

    I've been shooting legacy olympus and a couple of Tamrons with adaptall II Olympus mounts, but I need to switch back to Autofocus... Turned 70 in April and fussing with heavier Tamrons, and manual focusing is simply NOT cutting it any longer. The legacy stuff has to go so I can get back to shooting with less fuss.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    I like it fine. Ideal range for me. Sharp enough, small, weather sealed, cheap. You can have 4 for the price of a 12-35. I don't get the nasty reviews.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL View Post
    I like it fine. Ideal range for me. Sharp enough, small, weather sealed, cheap. You can have 4 for the price of a 12-35. I don't get the nasty reviews.
    Thanks... good to hear something good about it. There is sure a lot of inventory out there on the market.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL View Post
    I like it fine. Ideal range for me. Sharp enough, small, weather sealed, cheap. You can have 4 for the price of a 12-35. I don't get the nasty reviews.
    Yeah, it may not do anything brilliantly, it may be slow, but it's still a valuable little companion, especially to the likewise weatherproof E-M5. You can shoot it wide open, which helps accommodate the slow speed, the macro is really nice, and the power zoom is a big plus for video. It also focuses lightning quick.

    My pet peeve is the internal zoom, which helps with waterproofing but means the lens never collapses for storage. Oh well.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Well it's sharp enough and focuses well. I am not to crazy about the ergonomics as I care little about shooting video. Other than that I can live with it. Is it not the only lens in the fleet that is weather sealed?


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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Perhaps my perception was biased by early reviews. It's certainly versatile, covers a very useful range of focal lengths, has a useful close focus mode, it's weather sealed, etc. But I think the IQ is just OK. I like the output from the 40-150 better. Now, I used the 12-60 a lot and was probably spoiled, and maybe I got a poor copy of the 12-50. I just feel it was better optimized for video than stills.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Thanks for the input folks. adding it to my pro/con list.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    I Think its a very nice lens.. very sharp.. or maybe I got a good copy.. I like it much better than the 75-300 as far as IQ
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    I've seen used ones for $180 here in the US. I think the lens has been under rated. I do wnat something wither larger aperatures more like the 12-60 lens. FOr the used prices - a very good buy.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmonaut View Post
    Well it's sharp enough and focuses well. I am not to crazy about the ergonomics as I care little about shooting video. Other than that I can live with it. Is it not the only lens in the fleet that is weather sealed?
    The 60mm F2.8 macro is weather sealed. Same more aren't.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    I have the 12-50mm and while the form factor isn't ideal it is a versatile lens with a useful range and a macro function. The power zoom feature is very nice too. All that said, I tend to use my 14-54mm with an adapter more so than the 12-50 due to better IQ and the faster aperture. The focus isn't particularly fast (especially compared to the 12-50mm)but aside from sports it doesn't bother me. You can pick up a used 14-54 and an adapter for somewhere in the low $300's. It is also a water sealed lens. You mentioned wanting something out to 200mm. I also own the Pany 45-200mm and have found it to be an excellent value with good image quality. I use it more than my 50-200mm when shooting micro four thirds because unlike the 14-54mm the focus speed is not good for the legacy lens and the Pany is a better ergonomic fit. As far as primes go, I like the Pany 20m F1.7. They are discontinuing the original version so you can find some pretty good deals on it right now.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Quote Originally Posted by kenez View Post
    I have the 12-50mm and while the form factor isn't ideal it is a versatile lens with a useful range and a macro function. The power zoom feature is very nice too. All that said, I tend to use my 14-54mm with an adapter more so than the 12-50 due to better IQ and the faster aperture. The focus isn't particularly fast (especially compared to the 12-50mm)but aside from sports it doesn't bother me. You can pick up a used 14-54 and an adapter for somewhere in the low $300's. It is also a water sealed lens. You mentioned wanting something out to 200mm. I also own the Pany 45-200mm and have found it to be an excellent value with good image quality. I use it more than my 50-200mm when shooting micro four thirds because unlike the 14-54mm the focus speed is not good for the legacy lens and the Pany is a better ergonomic fit. As far as primes go, I like the Pany 20m F1.7. They are discontinuing the original version so you can find some pretty good deals on it right now.
    All the posts are helpful. I am kind of homing in on the 12-50, the Pana 45-200, and the 20 1.7. I've thought about the 14-54, but the faster aperture is not a big item for me, and think the faster focus will be favorable.

    Thanks again all.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on the mzuiko 12-50

    Quote Originally Posted by saichiez View Post
    All the posts are helpful. I am kind of homing in on the 12-50, the Pana 45-200, and the 20 1.7. I've thought about the 14-54, but the faster aperture is not a big item for me, and think the faster focus will be favorable.

    Thanks again all.
    Should be a workable combination. I've traveled with the trio of 12-50, 20/1.7 and 40-150 with good results. I find I need at least one fast lens in the kit, and bounce among the 12, 20 and 45. Any pair of those three primes can render the 12-50 somewhat moot, but which ones depends on the shooting environment.

    BTW, as best as my memory serves there are presently four weatherproof 4/3 lenses: the aforementioned 12-50 and 60 macro plus the two fast Panny zooms--12-35 and 35-100. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more, but then there aren't many weatherproof bodies, either.

    Cheers,

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