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Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)

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The Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens is a very compact and lightweight lens which offers a 3x zoom range with coverage from medium wide-angle to classical telephoto portrait. It is the ideal lens for general every-day use, and especially with the ultra-compact E-400 camera.

The lens features 10 elements in 8 groups, including an ED lens element and 2 aspherical elements. Its equivalent focal length in 35mm terms is 28-84mm.

Internal focusing makes the overall length of the lens remain constant during focusing.
7-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces pleasing defocused effects.
Performance
Focal Length 14 - 42mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 10/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.58 x 2.40" (6.55 x 6.10 cm)
Weight 6.7 oz (190 g)
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
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    14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
     
    4.1

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    73%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Weddings (5)
      • Landscape photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (4), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Tough Lightweight

      I generally use thus lens with an E-500. I also have an E-3 with a 14-54. For such a light-weight lens, the 14-42 seems very solidly constructed. For routine...Read complete review

      I generally use thus lens with an E-500. I also have an E-3 with a 14-54. For such a light-weight lens, the 14-42 seems very solidly constructed. For routine use. the light weight, and compactness of the E-500/14-42 combo can be a real advantage. For most shooting, the difference in the overall photo quality is negligible. I enjoy using both lenses and expect to keep and continue to use both, depending on circumstances.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not bad for a kit lens

      I got this lens as a kit lens with my E-620, and while its mostly a temporary lens for me until I can afford a 14-54, its actually not a bad...Read complete review

      I got this lens as a kit lens with my E-620, and while its mostly a temporary lens for me until I can afford a 14-54, its actually not a bad lens.

      The mount is plastic, which means this isn't a lens I'd expect to keep for many many years, but it does save on weight, and yet still seems well constructed. The zoom ring and focus ring operate solidly and smoothly.

      Sharpness seems pretty good for a lens of this level. Nothing mind-blowing, but it doesn't seem to be a setback, then again I'm not exactly a pixel peeper.

      Barrel distortion can get pretty bad at wide andgles, especially when photographing geometric shapes or anything straight position to the outer 20% of the frame.

      Flaring seems pretty well controlled, though I am getting some flaring when pointed directly at a light source (and low ambient light). Most of the flaring I've seen has been directly on top of the light source.

      Auto focus hunts around a bit, but is not too loud and is no more than can be expected for a lens like this.

      The slower maximum aperture really starts to hurt once you start shooting in lower light (which I do alot, and I hate using flash unless I absolutely need to). Especially at 5.6 at the long end, I find that I'm needing to push the camera to ISO2000, or even higher to get _borderline_ steady shots (even with IS) in certain lighting. It kills me to not be able to get a shot -- or to ruin a perfectly good shot with absurd amounts of noise -- because my lens isn't fast enough.

      I used to have the Mk.1 kit lens with my E-500, the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6, and this is absolutely an improvement over that.

      Overall, I'd say if you need either a budget zoom lens or a small and light zoom lens, get this. If you can afford to spend a few hundred dollars more and don't mind having a slightly larger lens, get the 14-54. Bottom line is that it has its place, but I don't consider it anything more than a temporary lens for me, which is why I can only give it 3 stars.

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      5.0

      Incredible bargin on

      By Justin

      from Taos, NM

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

        This lens was listed as used but it looks brand new to me. And it works perfectly, as if it were new. I have purchased other items from B&H over the years and have found that not only are the prices very good but the quality is excellent, too. I will definitely continue to be a B&H customer because of pricing, product quality, and great service.

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        5.0

        love it

        By norm

        from texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

          it is perfect for close wide angle shots

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          A wonderful little lens at a great price

          By Contemplative Imaging

          from Chicago, Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

            I originally received the Olympus 14-42 lens when I purchased my Olympus E-510 two lens kit from B&H several years ago, and I've used it ever since then. The reason I purchased an Olympus DLSR to begin with, despite all the other wonderful cameras out there, is that I knew I could count on the kit lenses to be very good, if not exceptional, and that has certainly proved to be the case with the 14-42.

            The 14-42 is all plastic in construction, even the lens mount is plastic! It makes for an extremely light weight lens, that makes any camera you mount it on very easy to handle and carry. But despite the plastic, the lens is surprisingly durable, and I've had absolutely no problems with it in over four years of use. Autofocus is nice and quick, and usually fairly accurate. People report having problems with the AF in low-light, but that's the camera's fault, not the lens. Most Olympus DSLR camera have a hard time focusing in low-light no matter what.

            Because it's basically a kit lens, it gets no respect, which is very unfortunate, as it's a wonderful optic where it counts: image quality. The photos I can get with this lens attached to any of my camera equals, if not slightly exceeds, the sharpness of the more expensive Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 zoom. Because it's slower, there is also almost no problems with vignetting, which I can't say about the 14-54. Color and contrast are also right there with the best Olympus has to offer, only being exceeded slightly by the big 12-60 zoom.

            There is some barrel distortion at the widest end of the lens, but it's not terrible, and easily corrected with Olympus's own software or that of Adobe. And like almost all Olympus 4/3 lenses, the lens is usable from it's widest aperture all the way to f/11 before distraction rears it's ugly head. But even then, I've used this lens even at f/22 with very satisfactory results. Depth of field is so huge at f/22 that it's like using a pinhole camera, though sharpness and contrast do suffer a bit--but that's true of all lenses at f/22 in the digital age, and is not a deal breaker by any means.

            There is no macro mode on this lens, nor is it weather-sealed, nor is it as fast in focusing or aperture as the 14-54 or 12-60, so if you need those features, you'll need to get one of the larger, more expensive high-grade zooms. But in regards to just general use photography, it can hold it's own against the bigger, more expensive lenses. I especially like using it for event photography when using a flash, as the light weight of the lens helps off-set the extra weight of a camera mounted flash unit.

            Because this lens is so small and light weight for a zoom, it continues to find itself useful even though I've moved on to higher grade zooms and primes. A great little travel zoom, that one can take with them anywhere, without having to worry about a loss of image quality.

            Highly recommended.

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            4.0

            Exellent all around lens

            By Che

            from Washington DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

            I've had this lens before and the pictures were great. My son accidentally dropped my camera and the mount got broken. I've just replaced it and I am enjoying it. Great lens and reasonably priced.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            I think it's underrated

            By Phirre

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

              Kit lens, came with my E-520. 14-42 is somewhat equal to those 18-55 that are common for APS-C cameras. It's not very fast, but fast enough for 90% of daily shooting. At 42mm there's even some bokeh at f/5.6. You can take decent portrait shots. The lens is very light, it's mostly plastic. Build quality is good, though. Uses inexpensive 58mm filters. Again, good for 90% of my daily shooting, but not for makro, sports or wildlife. AF is surprisingly fast and accurate.

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              • No

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              1.0

              poor quality pics

              By xavier

              from Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                  I really don't recommend. It is very frustrating trying to focus with low light.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Little Lens

                  By Ray

                  from Lancaster, PA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    I wanted an inexpensive lens to keep on my E-300 for shooting things of interest than I may find. I always keep a camera with me. Yes, it has slow f stops but great for normal shooting in normal light. It is sharp! It will focus fast on my E-300 and E-3 if there is normal light.

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                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not bad for a kit lens

                    By Mike

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Inexpensive
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharpness

                    Cons

                    • Barrel distortion
                    • Slow aperture
                    • Slow Focus
                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Street photography

                    Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                    I got this lens as a kit lens with my E-620, and while its mostly a temporary lens for me until I can afford a 14-54, its actually not a bad lens.

                    The mount is plastic, which means this isn't a lens I'd expect to keep for many many years, but it does save on weight, and yet still seems well constructed. The zoom ring and focus ring operate solidly and smoothly.

                    Sharpness seems pretty good for a lens of this level. Nothing mind-blowing, but it doesn't seem to be a setback, then again I'm not exactly a pixel peeper.

                    Barrel distortion can get pretty bad at wide andgles, especially when photographing geometric shapes or anything straight position to the outer 20% of the frame.

                    Flaring seems pretty well controlled, though I am getting some flaring when pointed directly at a light source (and low ambient light). Most of the flaring I've seen has been directly on top of the light source.

                    Auto focus hunts around a bit, but is not too loud and is no more than can be expected for a lens like this.

                    The slower maximum aperture really starts to hurt once you start shooting in lower light (which I do alot, and I hate using flash unless I absolutely need to). Especially at 5.6 at the long end, I find that I'm needing to push the camera to ISO2000, or even higher to get _borderline_ steady shots (even with IS) in certain lighting. It kills me to not be able to get a shot -- or to ruin a perfectly good shot with absurd amounts of noise -- because my lens isn't fast enough.

                    I used to have the Mk.1 kit lens with my E-500, the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6, and this is absolutely an improvement over that.

                    Overall, I'd say if you need either a budget zoom lens or a small and light zoom lens, get this. If you can afford to spend a few hundred dollars more and don't mind having a slightly larger lens, get the 14-54. Bottom line is that it has its place, but I don't consider it anything more than a temporary lens for me, which is why I can only give it 3 stars.

                      • Similar:
                      • Olympus E-620, 14-150mm f3.5-4.5

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                      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Tricky to Focus

                      By Tim Gilbertson

                      from Edmonton, AB

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                      This was my first foray into the digital world (I clung onto slides and D76 for a long time), and I am actually quite unimpressed. It's very light (not aluminum like the 70s) but the depth of field is surprisingly minimal for a lens of this size. I find it quite hard to focus on my E420.

                      However, considering the price, and the fact that it is compact and light it's not a bad deal for what it is.

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                      5.0

                      A Tough Lightweight

                      By mapman

                      from Denver, Colorado

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quick Focus
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                        I generally use thus lens with an E-500. I also have an E-3 with a 14-54. For such a light-weight lens, the 14-42 seems very solidly constructed. For routine use. the light weight, and compactness of the E-500/14-42 combo can be a real advantage. For most shooting, the difference in the overall photo quality is negligible. I enjoy using both lenses and expect to keep and continue to use both, depending on circumstances.

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Just the right compromises

                        By Dwight

                        from Southern California mountains

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                          I own a zoom that's faster and "better", but usually end up using this lens because of the smaller size and weight. Frequently, I'll be shooting wide open and at the end of the zoom range. The lens gets the job done without any waisted capacity. If it were any smaller, it would be too slow. If it were any faster, it would be heavier than necessary. Olympus made a lens that is just right.

                          I almost forgot to mention that the lens is sharp. It's amazing how low-cost zooms have improved over the years...

                            • Similar:
                            • 14-52mm f2.8-3.5

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                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Ideal for travel

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System):

                            I have used this lens in lots of travels. It is a very light load. While friends carry a backpack with their Canons and get wrist strain from the weight of their cameras, I have a very compact package including by extra lenses and filters. It does require a better lit environment than some lenses. I will probably be upgrading to a faster lens soon. Pictures in European cathedrals and museums are occasionally blurred due to long exposure times. But I have some great shots indoors too. Can't go to 42 mm. The corners get dark.

                            Expertise: Non professional but lots of practice

                            Items I Recommend: Polarizing filter really helps for water shots.

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