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Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

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Manufacturer Olympus
Model Zuiko Digital 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 14 - 45 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 75 - 27 o
Closest focusing distance 0.38 m
Maximum magnification 1:6
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Four Thirds
Dimensions 71 x 86.5 mm
Weight 285 g
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Owners reviews (1)
  1. Joris
    Joris 17 March 2010, 12:42
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    IP 193.190.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: Bought in
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: This is a kit lens, not a pro lens. The image quality of new kit lens 14-42 is said to be better, but owning both, i cannot find a big difference. The manual focus ring and the close focusing ability of the new version are much better, the zoom action worse than the 14-45. The 14-45 is also larger and havier, but i don't know wether that's a con. It does not support contrast autofocus.

    Pros: As far as i can tell, it is a well built lens for the price range (metal mount, good zoom action, nice butterfly type hood), it feels better than the newer 14-42. According to some professional reviews, it can equal or even surpass the resolution of the more expensive 14-54 in some circumstances. That would suggest it can deliver better resolution than the new kit lens 14-42 in those circumstances. This contradicts clearly other reviews wich claim a better performance for the new 14-42.

    Summary: When you are an amateur and have a normal copy of the 14-45 (bad copies are around, so it seems), it is not really necessary to replace this lens by the newer kit lens. If you are a pro or a demanding amateur, buy a 14-54 instead. It should also be tested by Lenstip as soon as possible to clear out the contradicting information one finds on the web.

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