Installing the Nauticam 12-50mm Zoom Gear

Installing the Nauticam 12-50mm Zoom Gear

Mar 03
Installing the Nauticam 12-50mm Zoom Gear

Olympus created the M. Zuiko 12-50mm lens a few years back, which has been super popular for underwater photography. This lens features a built in macro mode and two zoom mode options (manual and electronic). For underwater photographers it was a first, basically two lenses in one, which allows shooters to have a nice mid-range zoom lens and a great macro lens built into one! Paired with the high quality Olympus and Panasonic micro four-thirds cameras this gives users a much more flexible single lens system underwater.

Casino Point Garibaldi

Garibaldi on the Jacques Cousteau Plaque taken with 12-50mm lens.

The 12-50mm lens shoots macro at 43mm, so while its not as strong as the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm Macro, it is still a great option. We recommend this lens for those folks wanting a single lens system with a focus on macro, for video shooters wanting the smooth electronic zoom option and overall for anyone wanting a quality mid range zoom lens.

Nauticam is the only manufacturer to create an intensive multifunction zoom gear for this lens. While other housing brands offer a zoom gear which will control the manual zoom, Nauticam’s gives you control over both zoom (electronic only) and the ability to move into the macro mode. Due to the unique style of the lens, this zoom gear is larger and much more complicated than any other. It involves full installation on the lens which takes between 10 and 20 minutes depending on how well you can decipher the instructions.

To help make this process easier, we’ve created the video below. Bluewater’s support expert, Tommy, walks you through the installation step by step so you can follow along. Make sure to have the Nauticam instructions with you for reference and we recommend laying out all pieces prior to beginning as several of the pieces ship put together and they need to be split out prior to installation.


If you still have trouble or any questions installing the gear after watching the video please feel free to contact us and we can help you out.