Hands-On: Olympus OM-D E-M5, Sample Shots 2

Hands-On: Olympus OM-D E-M5, Sample Shots 2 (Lens Test)

The following sample shots show the macro capability of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ lens. This lens has a special feature: it can be switched into a macro mode by a simple turn- and click- mechanism. It's that simple. Together with the special camera-internal filter-function "pinhole" the OM-D and  the lens create pretty sharp macro images that could be printed directly from the camera, without any post-processing at home. 

The lens is almost the perfect lens for the OM-D or other Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras, such as the new PEN E-P5. However, for me it could have a little bit more focal length. It has a focal length of 12-50 mm, which corresponds to  24-100 mm with respect to the 35 mm format. If you want to use your mirrorless during a city trip, you don't always want to change the lens when your subject changes from the high steeple to the passing tram right next to you. Scenes in the city (and elsewhere) require rapid operation of your camera, as there is hardly any time to change lens. But the criticism has two sides of the medal: With which lens do you get an (almost) all-purpose multi-zoom lens together with an included macro function? If you don't need a large focal length too often, this lens is in any case a recommendation.