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benvendetta
10th June 2013, 08:53 PM
I am considering a basic kit for our Norwegian Fjord cruise in August - EPL-1 plus one or maybe two lenses instead of an E-3 combo. I was thinking of taking my 12-60 plus adapter plus EC20 but am now thinking that getting a S/H m12-50 might be worth it for an even lighter weight set up. Yes I know that the EC20 will have to stay at home but can I please have some real world experiences of using the m12-50 on the EPL-1?

PeterBirder
10th June 2013, 09:56 PM
I am considering a basic kit for our Norwegian Fjord cruise in August - EPL-1 plus one or maybe two lenses instead of an E-3 combo. I was thinking of taking my 12-60 plus adapter plus EC20 but am now thinking that getting a S/H m12-50 might be worth it for an even lighter weight set up. Yes I know that the EC20 will have to stay at home but can I please have some real world experiences of using the m12-50 on the EPL-1?

High Dave.

I have an E-PL1 and a 12-50 but haven't used the two together yet. However as your trip is not until August I'll try and get some shots with the combo in the next few days. I can't do Fjords :rolleyes: but will take a few around our reservoir so you'll get at least the water bit.:)

Regards.*chr

Ian
11th June 2013, 02:02 AM
It's slightly weird because the 12-50 is a relatively long but narrow lens. But the more I use the 12-50 the more I like it. Although it's not as razor sharp as the 12-60 it's sharp enough and being able to go as wide as 12mm is so handy. The power zoom is ideal for video and the macro is also often very handy. The mult-function zoom/macro ring is a bit odd at first but you soon get used to it.

Ian

benvendetta
11th June 2013, 11:31 AM
Does the m12-50 have a plastic or metal mount? I would like to think the latter.

Wally
11th June 2013, 01:30 PM
I can confirm that it does indeed have the metal mount.

I used this whilst in Norway in January at Harstad when the weather there was milder than it was here. The camera I used was the e-P3 so can't really comment on how it would handle on the proposed e-PL-1

PeterBirder
11th June 2013, 09:04 PM
Hi Dave .
I got the chance to play with the E-PL1/12-50 today.

I found the combination quite well ballanced and easy to use although I certainly miss the EVF of my E-M5. The lens, although relatively long is quite light.

Here's a couple of shots to show what the combo looks like together with a JJC Hood.
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110001_DxO_e.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110002_DxO_e.jpg

Although it was a rather grey day I took a couple of sets of different views at a range of focal lengths. These were processed quickly from raw in Dxo Optics Pro 8 and I haven't corrected the wonky horisons, should have put the grid on the screen.

1/ 12mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110238_DxO_e.jpg

2/ 21mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110239_DxO_e.jpg

3/31mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110240_DxO_e.jpg

4/ 50mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110241_DxO_e.jpg

Second view.
1/ 12mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110244_DxO_e.jpg

2/ 20mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110245_DxO_e.jpg

3/ 41mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110246_DxO_e.jpg

4/ 50mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110247_DxO_e.jpg

Of course there's also the Macro setting at 43mm
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6110254_DxO_e.jpg

Not brilliant shots I'm afraid but I hope of some use.

Regards.*chr

benvendetta
11th June 2013, 09:17 PM
Thank you Peter - useful stuff. I have always wondered why this lens had to be so long given its relatively modest zoom range.

PeterBirder
11th June 2013, 09:30 PM
Thank you Peter - useful stuff. I have always wondered why this lens had to be so long given its relatively modest zoom range.

I think the length is due to it being a Powered Zoom. I mainly use it in manual zoom mode. However the power mode is invaluable if you shoot video as it is very smooth and you can control the rate at which it zooms by changing the amount of pressure you apply to the zoom ring. Of course the power mode uses up the battery quicker.:rolleyes:

Regards.*chr

benvendetta
11th June 2013, 09:41 PM
Does the JJC hood work well at all the focal lengths and how much are they (Ebay I guess)? And finally..................does the 12-50 focus quickly on the EPL1?

PeterBirder
11th June 2013, 10:02 PM
Does the JJC hood work well at all the focal lengths and how much are they (Ebay I guess)? And finally..................does the 12-50 focus quickly on the EPL1?

To be honest I'm not convinced the hood makes a great deal of difference as it has to be so short to accommodate the wide angle end. I mainly use it to provide a bit of physical protection. The JJC version is not terribly substantial but I think I paid less than 10 for it from a seller on Amazon.

Sorry I forgot to mention focus speed. Yes it does focus quickly on the E-PL1 although maybe not quite as quickly as on the E-M5 but I think this is due to the older design camera not the lens. In my experience all the Olympus m4/3 lenses focus quicker than the 4/3 lenses. This is no doubt due to the much lower mass of the smaller lenses.

Regards.*chr

Wally
12th June 2013, 09:14 AM
With regard to the lens hood, I use a rubber foldable one which gives protection and can be adjusted in stages - fully extended, mid and finally fully folded back. Works a treat with the added bonus that when off the lens, they take up almost no space - two filters thick - which keeps the bag size down.

benvendetta
12th June 2013, 12:12 PM
With regard to the lens hood, I use a rubber foldable one which gives protection and can be adjusted in stages - fully extended, mid and finally fully folded back. Works a treat with the added bonus that when off the lens, they take up almost no space - two filters thick - which keeps the bag size down.

That sounds like a good idea. Presumably you are talking about a screw in hood as opposed to a bayonet one?

Invicta
12th June 2013, 01:08 PM
I have a EPL-3 and found the M12-50 works well balance wise. It is a long lens but weight wise I can hold the EPL-3 no issues and my EPL-3 body does not have any fancy stick-on extra hand grip.

I did find it easier to use the EPL-3 with a VF-2 that I purchased on these forums. With a VF-2 it was like holding a normal camera up to the eye and I prefer this approach. The downside is that the VF-2 draws heavily on the battery power and you will a spare battery or two for a day's shooting.

Wally
12th June 2013, 01:49 PM
That sounds like a good idea. Presumably you are talking about a screw in hood as opposed to a bayonet one?

In a word... yes.