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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED

Manufacturer Olympus
Model M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 14 - 42 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 75 - 29 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.2
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 9 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 40.5 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 62 x 43.5 mm
Weight 150 g
Additional information two aspherical lenses
one ED lens
one HR lens
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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3.53 Average
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Subhakit Ho
    Subhakit Ho 10 February 2017, 05:58
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    IP 110.164.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1500 THB
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Build like a toy

    Pros: Size, weight,

    Summary: IQ/Price is the best

  2. Eskil
    Eskil 10 March 2014, 14:04
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    IP 2.106.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 100USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow autofocus. Needs to be unfolded to take pictures. Doesn't exactly feel like a well lubricated mashine..

    Pros: Great resolution in wide angle (compared to the other standard zooms), also in the corners. Very small when collapsed

    Summary: My sharpest standard zoom, I have this, the IIR and the 12-50

  3. Martin Olesen
    Martin Olesen 8 August 2012, 20:25
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    IP 212.242.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 149€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Lens has to be unfolded before use and becomes quite long. Lens mount feels loose and unstable. Zoom ring turns uneven with a kind of "lump" in the movement. Plastic has some moulding edges in it. Silver finish a bit uneven from back to front and not like the camera finish.

    Pros: Very good resolution and contrast at wide (14mm) to normal (25mm) settings. Not much distortion. Very little flare for a zoom lens. Handy when folded.

    Summary: A fine lens that gives fine pictures, but mecanically it does not look and feel anything like the Olympus Pen camera its mounted on.

  4. adash
    adash 23 December 2010, 15:22
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    IP 195.34.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 0
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Can not use polarizing or graduated filters due to the rotating front element. CA and some softness at the widest zoom angles. Mechanical construction is not sturdy at all. Can not carry more than two filters on the filter thread because the AF motor can not cope with the additional weight.

    Pros: Optical quality is very good around the middle of the zoom range and pretty acceptable around the extremes. Very compact when collapsed for storage. Very light compared to other kit lenses. Good close focusing ability (~20cm).

    Summary: Not bad for a kit lens. Pretty usable for everyday use. Very sharp when stopped down a bit.

  5. mrdigi
    mrdigi 14 November 2009, 23:01
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    IP 82.181.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: nice to use

    Pros: ok

    Summary: not so bad for everydayuse

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