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Olympus 12-50mm in Stock at BHphoto (updated GX1 status)


The new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The advantages over the 14-42mm collapsible lens are 1) it’s weather sealed 2) Better build quality 3) Powerzoom 4) it is 2mm wider. 5) Better image quality. But it’s also much more expensive and bigger. So it’s up to you to chose the right lens!

An update regarding the GX1: The Black 14-42mm X lens kit is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Full in Stock status:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here).
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Black GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm lens at J&R (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Uniquephoto (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Uniquephoto (Click here).

  • Jason

    $500, is this a joke?

    • Bob B.

      Why would you think it is a joke?

      • Scot

        Yeah I’m not laughing! If it was more money and at minimum 2.8-4 it might have been interesting as is doesn’t work for me at $500.

        • DonTom

          It is a kit lens through and through, and doesn’t work for me at any price. A much better one than most, although you pay in size.
          If I buy the “E-OM5”, it will be a useful travel lens, but only in daylight. But it will likely be sold with the camera body if I was to upgrade!
          The Panasonic F2.8 zooms would be a different story altogether.

          • Bob B.

            I am interested to see how sharp the Pany 2.8X (I think this has an X designation but there is no power zoom…I could be wrong) lens is.
            Hopefully it will be all that MFT can be.

    • There is a market for quality kit lenses. Nikon makes a $650, 16-85mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom for its SLRs and sells quite a few of them. There is more to a lens than its f stop. Many people including myself will pay more for a lens that delivers better optical quality. The 12-50 has enough features (weather sealing, 12mm low end and closer focusing) to justify the higher price. We will have to wait and see if it can deliver optically. I could pay $500 for a slow but sharp zoom but am not going to pay that much for one that is soft or has low contrast.

  • Jason

    Obviously it is too high…do you think $500 is a good deal?

    • I dunno- how many µ4/3 weather sealed lenses do you have that zoom, don’t telescope, and have macro?

      • Its not f2.0/10x, its macro magnification is not 1:1 and it doesn’t brew coffee.

        And then, the other kit lenses are not that much cheaper, but its a detail some tend to overlook…

        I’d like to see the price if it ever comes in bundle with a body.

        • Give Me a Break!

          I saw the f2.0 / 10X times zoom. Its 12.5 lbs. and costs $10,000. Still interested?

    • Bob B.

      Well…I would never buy the lens….because it is too slow..and it is a zoom. I use primes whenever possible, BUT….it does look well built, it is water-sealed and it looks pretty damn sharp for a zoom:

      …but if you buy this lens you also are obligated to buy the new water-sealed OM!!!!
      :-)….so it could cost you a LOT more than $500!!!!!

    • Digifan

      It’s €399 in the Netherlands, I think trhat’s not to steep. The other zooms kit lenses are between €199 and €249. The 12-50mm adds weathersealing is more robust and better IQ, plus it’s internal focus AND ZOOM!
      This lens has it’s purpose and I would certainly buy it for the above extra’s. But if the OM-D can AF fast with the old 43 lenses I will skip it, because I allready have a 14-54mm F2.8-3.5.

    • Russ

      How could it possibly be obvious that the price is too high without knowing what the picture quality is?

  • sigala1

    How do we know the image quality is better?

    • Neonart


  • twoomy

    Awesome! But I think I’ll now wait to get it bundled with the new OM-D.

    As for price, if the image quality is better than all the other Pany/Oly 14-something zooms (I’m hoping for better corner sharpness), you get to go a bit wider (12mm is a big difference from 14mm) and a bit longer and you have a built-in half-decent macro lens. $500 isn’t bad in my book. If it started at 2.8, it would be just a wee bit bigger and more expensive, don’t you think?

    • Scot

      Yes it would have been a wee bit bigger and more expensive and massively more interesting. There is always compromises in this case sadly I don’t think they are on target at least for me.

      • Agrivar

        +1000 exactly.. i can handle the extra weight and size.. they just needed to make this a brighter zoom. There are already so many small and light kit zooms.. they should have gone the other way with this.

    • Bob B.

      yeah…like at least $1000.

  • twoomy

    RE: GX1 X kit… I love how the Pany supply chain is so slow that things finally become available just as something better is about to be announced. Bad market plan!

  • Price of the 12-50 seems ok, it’s 399 euro in the Netherlands……
    It should have OIS :-)

    • Geoff

      It won’t need O.I.S. as you desire, as Olympus place it in camera, not required in an Oly’ lens, in body allows any lens to be used, I regularly use my 200 f4.0 and 135 F3.5 Zuiko’s in my E-P2 with stunning results.

    • Agrivar

      I dont feel Robin is exactly an unbiased reviewer. He is quite close to olympus and gets all the latest “toys” to try… so take his review with a grain of salt. Much better to look at the photos he takes and make up your mind from there..

      • jocky

        Is he even a photographer?

  • xmort

    I still believe Olympus doesnt want this lens to compete with their 12-60 zoom, and that new body(-ies) will be as fast with 4/3 lenses as they are with m4/3. Then it would be on the user to choose speed over weight or vice versa.

  • jeff

    The 12-60 4/3 version is 2.8-4.0 and worth every penny of $1,000. It has to be one of the best performing/made/versatile zooms on the market. If the 12-50 were as bright to start and in that price range I would easily pay that.

  • Charlie

    Looking like the all purpose video lens of choice for the E-OMG-TBCE when it arrives.

    I wouldn’t buy it without a kit discount.

  • kevinparis

    much as video is a nasty word to many here – this lens will serve the video guys very well…. most video is shot at 1/50 or 1/60th a second… most video guys throw on ND filters to get those sort of exposures with faster lenses.

    the pana 2.8s or whatever they are will fill another gap.

    If it is as half as good as the 12-60 optically – which cost twice this when it came out – then its a winner

    • Frank

      You’re wrong about the nd reason. They use them to be able to use a large aperture at slow shutterspeeds. Otherwise they would stop down, but that would give them too much dof, so they use nd filters.

      • Bob B.


      • kevinparis

        I am not wrong… DOF is part of the story… but on a bright sunny day shooting video with a camera that only goes down to 200 ISO shooting even at f8 is a challenge…been there done that.

  • Frank

    Sorry oly, but it is a stupid lens. 6.3 at 50mm and this long. The only good thing about it is the range of 12-50 itself, rest is useless in real life.

    • See it as simply a replacement kit lens. Basically it’s the 14-42 with more range (ending at 50/6.3 rather than 42/5.6), weather sealing and internal zoom (which I like).

      The 14-42 is nothing special, but good to start with. Same for the 12-50. So unless they offer a prime lens kit, I will get it with the 12-50 (if it is as expected) and pick up the 45 f/1.8 as a first prime.

    • BLI

      The aperture range in the area 14-42 is more or less the same as every other kit lens. You get the bonus of the extension to 12-50.

  • SLOtographer

    All the whining is misplaced regarding the dimness of this lens. This isn’t an event/wedding zoom. This a nature/landscape lens. Assuming the OMD is weather sealed, you could use this lens, an OMD, one set of filters, and a tripod and trek all day not worrying about water spray or rain or dust. Most considered landscape work is done at narrow apertures. F8-f11 on m43. If the light gets dim, you set it on a tripod. F2 or f2.8 is irrelevant for this purpose.

    If you need big apertures, then the 12/2, 25/1.4, 45/1.8 come into play. Horses for courses as they say. For m43 one has to choose between slow zooms or primes. This is the tradeoff for smaller size. If you don’t mind the size, go FF or MF and have at it.

    • jocky

      I could just use an adapter and my 14-54 for landscape. It would be cheaper and of a higher quality.

      • Digifan

        No it’s not cheaper, it cheaper for you and me since we allready got the 14-54mm. But a new 14-54 + adapter you are in between the 12-50mm at €399 and the 12-60mm at €850-900, more closer to the 12-60 than to the 12-50.
        I guess the 12-50mm is a nice option.

    • +1 It will do all that, and well. I’m looking forward to this set up for tramping and fishing. I wouldn’t buy it on it’s own, but I wouldn’t buy a WP camera without a matching lens.

    • Scot

      Zooms are all about speed (and to be fair lazyness) which is not the realm of landscape photography. So maybe it’s the power zoom that makes it for landscapes? Hmmm it must be for the landscape cinema photographers that’s it! But still the mood is right the rains falling just wish the lens was a little wider to make up for the lack of sunshine! Oh well guess I’ll wait for Panny and put a bag on it.

    • Eric

      Finally, some sense in this conversation. Well put.

  • jocky

    I paid the same amount for my 4 thirds 14-54mm. This lens is too expensive.

  • Charlie
    • The Livedoor mockups are always totally off, it seems. There are virtually no details in this collage that match the leaked photos. The mosaic that members of this forum have done is not spot on, but it’s much better than the Livedoor fantasy.

  • Antoine

    There won’t be any fixed lens with this camera?

  • Pei

    The old Olympus 12-60 f/2.8-4.0 is $800. This slower, shorter and bigger lens at $500 seems about right in the “smaller sensor = smaller body = cheaper vs. APS-C” type of world.

    Just be glad we haven’t heard any humor about a fourth version of the same 14-42 with a different grip texture to be boundled with OM-D.

  • Pei

    BTW, I’ve just realized there is no way OM-D bundled with this lens can be sold for $1150-1300 as rumor suggested and that would mean OM-D’s body price is the same or lower than E-P3.

    OM-D is either going to be boundled with 14-42 for $1200+ or $1150-1300 for body alone.

    • Not really. The E-P3 with lens is $899 at B&H, and that lens sells there for $249. Add $250 to that and you are at $1150.

      • Pei

        So you think OM-D body is only $250 more than E-P3 with all the bell and whistle not to mention a $250 EVF?

        • DonTom

          Yes. Of course. Why wouldn’t it be? You did the maths yourself!

  • Yun

    That’s why I always insist a fast aperature lens for M4/3 . When you are having disadvantagement in sensor department you need something fast to get things work or done correctly . Such aperature from Oly is not practical in M4/3 world . Even use in daytime , must subject to good sunlight otherwise you won’t get a decent result . Although I’m quite disappointed with the aperature of the 2 new X lenses but F2.8 still consider acceptable F . The only hope is Pana & Oly improve their sensor performance by 2 FS in their latest cam then you still can have a decent image quality under low light shots .

  • Esa Tuunanen

    Both colour versions are available also from some European shops.

    • kevinparis

      acceptable!!!… 2.8 acceptable!!!!…. what alternate universe do you live in that a f2 zoom lenses smaller than a wine bottle at a sub 3000 dollar price tag is even possible

      sheesh I do sometimes wonder at the brains of people who post on these forums…. don’t you think if it was at all possible to produce an f2 14-50 lens for 500 dollars that maybe somebody might have made one by now !!!

      • Robbie

        Very true
        people here are talking as if f2 AF lens are cheaply available.

      • +1 I don’t understand that either. It’s like every new lens has to be f/2 or faster, or it’s somehow unacceptable. Then when a fast zoom comes out the same people are falling over themselves complaining how expensive the lens is… Shees!

        Want fast? Go prime.
        Want zoom? Compromise.
        Want fast zoom? Pay up! ;)

        • Digifan

          Exactly. The 12-50mm makes for a nice weathersealed package when the OM-D comes out. In Europe the 12-50mm is between €339 and €399, I don’t think this is steep at all.

  • dumbo

    Yay… F6.3 Yay!

    • It would have the same size (and price if based on cost) as an f/4 zoom for FF cameras.

    • Digifan

      Your name reflects your remark!!!!

  • Mar

    It costs less than Panasonic 14-42mm X lens in Europe, so how is it overpriced?

  • flash

    It is a nice price for what it is. It really is not a “kit” lens; but a weather sealed all purpose lens; probably great for video. The kit lens for the OM-D will be IMHO a 25 mm close focus lens. (see the last two sneak pictures, what else could be mounted). Hopefully, weather sealed. Zoom lens are for newbies, or pros, not enthusiasts or great shooters. :) Better still some options.

    Actually none of the Olympus or Pannies are kit lens like the Canon or Nikon The Olympus and Pannies may not be great lens but are good lens. I can not say the same for what I have seen of the big twos offerings in which I have been greatly disappointed in.

  • amvr

    This lens sounds and looks perfect, it’s THE lens I’ve been waiting for since the very first day I got my e-pl1, that range from wide 12mm to a longish 50mm, that internal zoom, the weather sealing and macro are big bonus points, it all just sounds sweet…


    Gosh that aperture range is AWFULLY useless…I hear people defend this lens as a landscape lens but what’s the point of using a zoom when there are excellent primes available !? Also, with those apertures you’ll need a tripod (for anything but full blown summer)that goes against the whole m43 ethos: portability. I could only fathom using a tripod for night shots or studio but by that line of thought you’re better served by bigger systems and primes.

    The fact that this is a zoom, has macro mode, is weather-sealed, and is probably going to be bundled with future cams means it’s meant for versatility, that means a walkaround lens, and those apertures nullify such versatility. I would’ve gladly accepted a slightly wider (2mm) $650 12-50mm f2.8-40 non weather sealed version.

    • Digifan

      So you don’t own ANY kitlenses?
      You don’t have the 14-42 or 14-45 or 14-42X or 40-150 or 45-200 or 45-175X or 100-300 or 75-300.
      All these are slow aperture zooms. Now tell me they are useless.

      You have 43 equippement?
      But also no 14-42 or 40-150 or 75-300 because these are useless too!

      Come on show me the fast aperture Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax lenses that are the same price. They have fast aperture, now do they?

      I mean what a load of BS.
      I have HG and SHG lenses from Olympus, In the past I had Canon L lenses too, but they were nowhere near the price.

      I think it logic the 12-50mm is a slow zoom. Olympus want to sell a camera kit at many people, not just the 100 enthousiasts on these forums.

      I say come on grow up, fast glass (zoom) will come, just not at the intro of the OM-D.

  • Jason

    This is almost the lens I am looking for, I would pay double for a bigger aperture…

  • John smith

    Just got my OM-D with 12-50 and the lens is excellent bundled with the body
    Very well made and ok sharpness wise .. macro cool as is power zoom for video.

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