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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Designed for Olympus Micro 4/3 Cameras
  • Equivalent to 28-84mm in 35mm Format
  • Three Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Nearly Silent MSC Lens Drive
  • Reduced Weight (3.9 oz, 111 g)
  • 37mm Filter Size
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Color: Black

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver)

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black) from Olympus is a high-power wide to short telephoto zoom (28-84mm in 35mm equivalent) that offers amazing optical performance in an extraordinarily compact and lightweight (3.9 oz, 111g) design.


In order to fit the requirements for Micro Four Thirds System cameras, this lens features a reduced lens diameter (2.2", 56.5mm) and overall length (1.9", 50mm). It's constructed with 8 elements in 7 groups, employing three aspherical lenses.


The zoom range of this lens is perfect for everything from portraits and interior scenes to landscape photography. Mounted on the camera full-time, it's ready for any photo opportunity.

Designed for Olympus PEN Micro 4/3 cameras
Equivalent to 28-84 mm in 35mm format
Three aspherical lens elements
Nearly silent High-speed Imager AF MSC (Movie/Still Compatible) lens drive
Reduced weight (3.9 oz, 111 g)
37 mm filter size
Performance
Focal Length 14 - 42mm
Comparable Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 75° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:37 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.2 x 1.9" (5.59 x 4.83 cm)
Weight 3.9 oz (111 g)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black)
  • Lens Cap (LC-37B)
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black)
     
    4.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      3.0

      Tiny zoom

      By Dave

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

        Very useful as a small zoom lens on an E-P5. Not up to the standards of the 12-40mm f/2.8, but I don't think I would ever use that lens on an E-P5 or similar small camera. Surprisingly high quality for a kit zoom and a great deal with the discounts available when we purchased an E-P5. Uses tiny filters, so they are less expensive.

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Pretty decent

        By LeanK.

        from Campo Grande, Brazil

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home

          Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

          I got this lens for $ new. It`s not the greatest of the range but for the price i think you do get a good value. I think that olympus should and could improve on these kit lenses though.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent small lens.

          By jrbell

          from Columbus Ohio

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

            I use this lens with my Blackmagic Pocket Camera. I really like the portability. However if you are using it with a Blackmagic Pocket Camera the focal adjustment is sensitive, so be sure the picture is as sharp as it can get.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good

            By Rolfen

            from Beirut, Lebanon

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Sharp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Purpose

              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver):

              Got it as kit with the E-PM2.
              Decent, sharp lens. Not deceived!
              Also focuses fast and is light.
              One negative thing, is the cosmetic plastic ring on front, which will fall off very easily. Doesn't look very resistant to falls either, but OK for general use (not safari photography of whatever). What you expect from a kit lens and a little better.

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              • No

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              (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome gift

              By Haochen

              from Lawrence,KS

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Silver):

              It's from my boyfriend and I just love it so much! It's very convenient while traveling!

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The new R

              By AshRemSky

              from Burbank, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General photography
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                Got this lens as a part of the kit with the E-PM1. Offers decent performance that any kit lens would offer. Also, I had the very first version of this lens, and I can tell you that there is a marked improvement in the sound of the AF motor. The previous lens' motor would grind while focusing, and this could be heard in any video footage. The lens is plenty sharp, and resolves well to the 12MP M43 sensor. Nice and light, I like the fact that it collapses down for transport. Of course, the largest aperture of any kit lens will be pokey, and this lens also falls into that category. Close focus is decent.

                I have an issue with the price of the lens. When bundled with the camera, there are no issues; however, I have no idea what Olympus is thinking, pricing the lens the way it does as a standalone item. Other than that, I have no complaints.

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                (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very good kit lens.

                By A.S.

                from Bucharest, Romania.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                  For a kit lens it is a very good lens.

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                  • No

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                  (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's a "kit" lens

                  By Citizen

                  from Planet Earth

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor plastic locking ring
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black):

                  It's a "kit" lens, light and certainly not overly fast--good for well lit shooting. I would gladly have paid $5-10 for a metal locking ring. The plastic plate does not inspire confidence. I bought my E-P2 with the idea of building a prime lens setup like my old SLR, but it's good to have a short zoom in the bag.

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