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Old Dec 21, 2015, 9:59 AM   #1
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Default Input on Oly 12-50mm Lens Please

Can I get some input from folks who are using this lens please? Thinking about selling my 14-54 4/3rd lens and getting this. Another option is to look for a used Oly Pro 12-40mm. I realize the Pro model has better glass and is faster but wondering if images are vastly superior for the extra cost. Both lenses are weather sealed. Also thinking about the 1.4X extender to go with either lens. Probably wouldn't use the 1.4X with the 12-50 as it would just take away another fstop.
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Old Dec 21, 2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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I can't give much real input, except that I've heard a lot of people that have a lot of nice things to say about that Panasonic 12-32. It's very small and gets wide, is sharp as anything, and isn't that much money if you can find a deal.



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For me, the 12-40 is on my list but it IS a bit pricey.
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Thanks Sammy, but I'm leaning more toward a used Oly 12-50mm because of the longer focal length of the lens and that it has some macro capabilities. I'm in no real hurry as I do have three 4/3rd lenses and a MMF3 coming with the new camera.
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James,

The 12-50mm is a lens a lot of people hate it and some love it.

I have the 12-50mm and it is an OK lens but for the price is a great option, it is a weather sealed lens, macro and have a nice focal length, you can find used at Fred Miranda for $120-$160.

If you can go with the 12-40mm f2.8 is a super sharp lens, and faster than the 12-50mm.

It is weather sealed but it is a little bigger than the 12-50mm.

I saw this morning a used 12-40mm in good shape for $600 at Fred Miranda.com

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Also thinking about the 1.4X extender to go with either lens. Probably wouldn't use the 1.4X with the 12-50 as it would just take away another fstop.
James, the MC-14 is ONLY FOR the 40-150 PRO F/2.8 AND the 300 PRO F/2.8 (when the 300 is available).

The MC-14 will fit NO OTHER Olympus lens but for the two I mention.
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I see the 12-50 is on sale right now for $349. It's a decent $350 lens. It's not all that great at the $500 price point, so now's the time to get one.

I tried, buying two in hopes one would be good. Never really liked either so used the primes until the 12-40/2.8 was available.
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I used the 12-50 a lot when I got my EM-5 but I don't have it anymore. However, I was quite happy with the results.

If you do not really need the macro portion of it, I find the new 14-150 (which is weather sealed) to be more useful ... and you can always some cheap extension tubes.
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Thanks Bob, good to know this. Gregg, thank you as well. I think I'll hold off and wait until my wallet grows a little bigger and get the PRO 12-40mm. The 12-40 PRO is a few hundred more and I have 4/3 lenses I can use until the wallet is ripe for picking. :-)
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I used the 12-50 a lot when I got my EM-5 but I don't have it anymore. However, I was quite happy with the results.

If you do not really need the macro portion of it, I find the new 14-150 (which is weather sealed) to be more useful ... and you can always some cheap extension tubes.
Thanks Folob, I'll take my time deciding but I'm sure I won't get the 12-50 after some of the comments I read; doesn't seem to be worth the money. I'd rather wait and invest in the 12-40 PRO. I already have a 40-150 4/3 lens I can use with the 40-150 for the time being. I also think the focal length will be slightly longer using it on the M5.
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The 14-54 you already have is an excellent zoom lens, honestly I thought I wanted the 12-40 for the longest time but the 14-54 really is very good and if you have the mk ii it focuses just fine on the non pdaf bodies.

The 12-32 is really neat for the smaller bodies but I wouldn't consider it if I am carrying the em1
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