Further readings for the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ
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In part 2 of our review of best lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (Olympus E-M1 II), we’re looking at the performance of zoom lenses. More versatile than a fixed focal length prime, zoom lenses offer the convenience of a range of focal lengths in a single lens. We’ve tested 20 such lenses on the E-M1 II, covering focal lengths from an ultra-wide-angle 7mm through to a super-telephoto 300mm, equivalent to 14mm to 600mm in 35mm terms. Scores range from a high of 25 points on pro-oriented options such as the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, to a low of 8 points on the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6.
As an equivalent to a 28-300mm, this mark II version is an update to the earlier retro-looking model by the same name. It features the darkened chrome cosmetics and finely-machined zoom and focus rings of the maker’s pro-oriented models, and now includes dust- and splash-proofing and new coatings. Read on to find out how well this new model performs.
When launched, the EOS-M complete with the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom was $899, but the kit can now be had for as little as $345. With lens available separately for $269 that sounds too good to be true. Read on to see how well the combination performs.
The depth of high quality primes and zooms for the PEN is, arguably, the most compelling reason to invest in the Micro Four Thirds system over rival mirrorless camera offerings. If you’re already a PEN E-P5 owner or you’re looking for advice or insights in lens performance in advance, this guide will aid you in making the right choice. Read onto find out which lens models in the range perform best optically.
The Micro 4:3 market is full of technology, each new generation apparently having some new enhancement, with a new, more superlative name. Panasonic is no different, but this new Lumix G VARIO 14-42 f3.5-5.6 II Asph. Mega OIS carries neither the ‘Power Zoom’, or the ‘Power O.I.S’; there are aspheric elements but no ED glass. Without all the latest refinements is it worth having at all? Yes, it is: well priced and punches above its weight.
Designed with compactness in mind, micro 4/3 lenses go for the smallest size possible most of the time. But to achieve these dimensions, they sometimes have to compromise on image quality. In this review, we cover a wide range of standard lenses, both prime and zoom, and show that not all lenses are equal in terms of the trade-off between compactness and image quality.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ is the kit zoom launched by Olympus for the OM-D E-M5. We can’t test the lens on an E-M5 for the moment, since as of this writing the camera is not yet commercially available. But while we wait, let’s take a look at how this lens performs on other micro 4/3 cameras.