View Full Version : Cheap and nasty....

30th November 2016, 07:29 PM

Phill D
30th November 2016, 09:19 PM
That's very cheap but I wouldn't say it was a nasty lens. Mine is quite good really.

Naughty Nigel
30th November 2016, 09:32 PM
Its not as good as the 12 ~ 40 by a long way, but its still a good lens.

I found its physical length was more of a handicap than its optical quality.

30th November 2016, 09:50 PM
It's an excellent lens for video work with the power zoom and it has a handy macro mode, too. The 12-40 is exceptional, the 12-50 is very good indeed as a budget kit lens goes.


1st December 2016, 08:58 AM
Splash and dust proof too. I think the macro mode is excellent, my daughter now has mine on her E-M5 (most of the time) :)

1st December 2016, 09:38 AM
I agree it's an excellent lens and at that price a real bargain. I'm almost tempted to buy a spare!

1st December 2016, 09:48 AM
It's all down to what you're using it for, as ever!

The 12-50 is a great value travel lens and is weatherproof and focuses close. Unless you're producing large prints I bet you can't see any difference between it and the 12-40 (which can't focus as close and ain't too hot itself between 40 and 50mm :D ).

A friend of mine uses one on a battered old E-M1 body for beach and surfing shots. He got both second hand for zilch and isn't much bothered about rough treatment. His images are great.

1st December 2016, 10:15 AM
Well my one produces excellent sharp detailed images, won many a competition, with images from this lens on my em5 and one or two were heavy crops to then printed at 12x 16 the crop of one was about 50% x 60% crops the judge thought it was taken on a full frame canon.
He was astounded when I told him it was taken on an Olympus mirrorless camera.

1st December 2016, 10:49 AM
I have no problem with mine. Its semi-retired now I have the 12-40mm but I still use it when I want to go light.

1st December 2016, 11:43 AM

That's not cheap & nasty.
This (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/182057581030?lpid=122&chn=ps&adgroupid=36084540643&rlsatarget=pla-271887800116&adtype=pla&poi=&googleloc=1006637&device=c&campaignid=698615505&crdt=0)is cheap & nasty, but still fun to play with. :D

1st December 2016, 12:14 PM
At least no-one is taking it too seriously!

1st December 2016, 06:58 PM
I could be tempted too, but have just bought a secondhand 75 / 1.8, so a bit short of funds at the moment.:eek: Must stop this feeding frenzy :eek: