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StephenL
19th April 2012, 10:12 AM
There seems to be some discussion as to whether the 12-50mm lens is a lemon. Hope these shots, taken with the E-M5, help you decide.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-em5_4180029.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-em5_4180028.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-em5_4180027.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-em5_4180026.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-em5_4180024.jpg

The Technician
19th April 2012, 10:13 AM
Thats for those it looks ok to me :D

snaarman
19th April 2012, 10:58 AM
Hmm, they do indeed look rather fine.

Lemon? I doubt it. Trouble is, we have been spoiled by the previous history of Olympus lenses and have now come to regard excellent as normal :)

This isn't helping my decision process...

Pete

Greytop
19th April 2012, 11:43 AM
Thanks for posting those Stephen, it's not helping my decision either :)

I agree with Pete, I wouldn't call it a lemon either and it certainly does have it's virtues, light and small (if a little long in proportion) with a useful wide end and much faster to focus than the larger optics of 4/3rds HG lenses.
Horses for courses I guess. On the other hand I know my 14-54 produces excellent resolution over the complete zoom range and I like the fact it's f/2.8 to f/3.5. It will not focus as fast and it's bigger but I think the proportions will sit nicely when the E-M5 is fitted with the grip. Of course we are not comparing apples and apples with these two lenses so perhaps it's a bit unfair, however I already have a 14-54 MK2 so I'm sticking to my plan :)
If I didn't already have one I'm sure I would opt for the 12-50 *yes

StephenL
19th April 2012, 12:07 PM
Yes, the aperture is the achilles heel in this lens. Not really for quality, more for depth-of-field reasons. The high-iso capabilities of this camera make up for the relatively low light-passing apertures.

Greytop
19th April 2012, 12:13 PM
Yes, the aperture is the achilles heel in this lens. Not really for quality, more for depth-of-field reasons. The high-iso capabilities of this camera make up for the relatively low light-passing apertures.

Agreed and the more I read about DR and higher ISO with the E-M5 the more impressive it sounds. I'm really looking forward to getting my copy.

timg
19th April 2012, 12:32 PM
There seems to be some discussion as to whether the 12-50mm lens is a lemon.

A lemon, no... jack of all trades, master of none... yes.

I doubt ultimate image quality was their goal with this lens (though not saying that it's bad) but a small, light lens with moderate wide angle, moderate zoom, macro function and power zoom in a weather sealed body... I think that Oly pulled off a bigger trick that many people give them credit for.

brianvickers
19th April 2012, 10:10 PM
Not a lemon...its a peach!