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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

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    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)
  • Consistent output (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Low light (5)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Night photography (4)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Brillant design!

One must understand the purpose of this lens. It is designed to transform a PEN or OM-D camera into a point and shoot. Combined with the additional auto lens cap, the lens powers...Read complete review

One must understand the purpose of this lens. It is designed to transform a PEN or OM-D camera into a point and shoot. Combined with the additional auto lens cap, the lens powers from the closed compact state to the extended ready state with the auto lens cap opening for quick shooting when the camera is powered on. In other words, you now have a point and shoot with with supurb image quality. The zoom is powered as well just like a point and shoot zoom and is operated by the regular zoom ring.

So, is this the sharpest lens in the Olympus stable? No. Is this the most compact 3x zoom in the Olympus stable? Yes! So you now have a pocketable camera with a zoom, quite good performance, and that is ready in an instant. Not the best lens for a wedding or any other time your planing to take photos, but outstanding for carrying around when you weren't expecting to take photos. And it is not any worse than other kit lenses.

If your pixel peeping, you will not find this lens outstanding. If your looking for a lens to put in your pocketbook or pocket that is ready in an instant, then this is the brilliant design that was made just for you!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Acceptable

I bought this lens for EM10. It is small and looks good. But after shot one week, I found the optical performance does not satisfy me. Also, while you zoom it, not...Read complete review

I bought this lens for EM10. It is small and looks good. But after shot one week, I found the optical performance does not satisfy me. Also, while you zoom it, not like regular zoom lens, you always feel it is pulled back by spring, very difficult to hit the position you want.

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5.0

My every day lens

By Fastidious

from North San Francisco Bay Area

Verified Buyer

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

This is my every day, always ready lens. It automatically compacts and opens. With reset set to off in the camera, it reopens at the focal length you last used. Reset on has it open at 14 mm. Add the automatic lens cap and the lens is protected when off and you do not need to remember to remove it for that spontaneous photo. It's profile is shorter than the 17 mm f/1.8 which was my everyday lens until this one.

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4.0

Solid build - just better - less plastic

By the tokku

from Illinois, USA

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens to go on a Lumix GX 85 that I got shortly after the lens arrived. I have an earlier version of this on my sturdy Lumix GX 1. I own a number of Olympus lenses and I find them just better than other available lenses on the market. I very much appreciate the build quality that has more metal and plastic. The optics are excellent as you would expect from this line of Olympus lenses. While in wide mode it is a 28 mm equivalent versus the Panasonic 24 mm equivalent I just don't feel like I'm missing much. If I really want to go wider I just shoot 2 pictures and stitch them together. The Zuiko line from Olympus are the very best micro 4/3 lenses available in my opinion.

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4.0

Nice and compact

By fisherguy

from Vermont

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

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

Use this with my Oly OM-D 10 mkii for a walk around lens. Equv. to 28 - 84 mm lense. Picture quality is good - can be made great with sharpening software.

Is slow (f stop) but all in all is very capable

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  • No

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5.0

Great Lens

By Jonathan

from Pulaski, TN

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Very Small

Best Uses

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

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

We use these on various cameras to help record videos in the church auditorium. This lens is fast and smooth on the zoom and works great on a camera with auto focus.

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  • No

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5.0

Compact package with EM10

By Mark

from Edmond, Ok

Verified Buyer

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

Got this for my EM10 and makes for a quick to use package, especially with the auto lens cap. Makes for such a small package I take it with me almost everywhere I go.

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5.0

Using lens on Dji x5

By Prestige Aerials

from Miami

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

Lens works well and gives the ability to zoom when using on the Dji x5 camera. Small compact size and very light.

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5.0

Great compact lens

By Flasher

from UK

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

Perfect 4/3 lens

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4.0

Great compact and fast lens

By TJ

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action

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

Great compact and fast lens

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  • No

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5.0

Great new addition to Olympus lens line!

By Oly Diehard Fan

from IA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

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

    This is such a handy lens to have...so fast and quick to take pics. So happy to avoid some of those missed shots. Turn the camera on and you're ready for the shot. Of course, you will need to zoom in and out if desired.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great lense

    By Patlq

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    It is much thinner than the standard lens, which makes it much easier to carry around. Great quality and reliable
    I would recommend it for all occasions, not only when you want to travel light.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Purchased for the DJI X5

    By Jonathanp

    from London, ON. Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

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

      So far so good. The image quality seems to be pretty decent. Overall happy. I can't complain.

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      • No

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      4.0

      I carry the camera more

      By Paul

      from LA, Chicago,Atlanta,Lima......

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

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

        It's not as nice as the 14-40 2.8 that I own, but it cuts down on the size and bulk of the camera substantially. I find myself taking the camera with me far more and doing more spontaneous shooting. When it matters and I know I will need to take a ton of pics I trade out for the better lens, especially in low light.

        It's not as sharp as my pro lenses, but for street photography is that really a bad thing?

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        • No

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        4.0

        Perfect travel lens

        By Gizzy

        from Colorado

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Picked this up for compact travel on my OM-D M52.
          Great sharpness for a pancake lens like this...
          Would have given 5 star for a manual zoom but getting used to this quickly.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Almost Invisible

          By Steve

          from Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            Every Olympus lens I have in my bag weight at lest three times as much as this lens. It may not be a pancake but it's small enough to drop in any pocket as a backup to the larger zooms. The build quality seems to be on a par with the rest of the inventory and the resolution is more than acceptable. The zoom is electric, not my favorite but I suppose it works well with video.

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            • No

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            4.0

            ever cheap lens can do the job

            By chris king

            from Crescent City

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I put the 14-42mm olympus kit lens on a used om-d m-5 for a walk about street lens. Before I even received the lens I figure I would send it back and get the fast 17mm f1.8 olympus lens, after using the 14-42mm I found it to produce fine photos, a compact simple $[$]. very usable lens. I might still get the 17mm 1.8f but will be keeping the 14-42mm

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              5.0

              Compact Versatile Lens

              By Nietza

              from Washington DC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • City

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

                I bought this lens for my mother. But after testing it on my Panasonic GX7 decided to keep it. I do a lot of traveling and this lens is perfect for carrying around with me. Its small enough so that my camera fits in my purse, but has some zoom capability.

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                • No

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                5.0

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

                By Mr. Ears

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Purpose
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

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

                  This is a very good lens, versatile, compact and easy to use. I needed a lens that would turn my Olympus OM-D-EM10 into a more compact package, but still provide the quality of the 14-42mm it came with. Right away reducing the size of this lens caused me some pause. After it arrived, I mounted it immediately and began to use it. It seems Olympus does not take lightly the task of manufacturing a product that works.., and this one certainly does just that. It's not the most expensive lens in their lineup but it's no slouch and is great for an all-around street photography lens.., plus now I can actually throw this camera in my pocket.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good lens, but not for me

                  By 2Create

                  from Maine

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Does everything it claims to do. But personally I found that I'd rather have a more manual focus option. Plus, testing on my Olympus OMD EM1, I got a much clearer picture from a non-pancake lens (not surprisingly). I returned this lens without regret after doing a side-by-side comparison in moderately low light with a Lumix G Vario 14-45mm.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Short and sweetx

                  By Jerry

                  from Sarasota, Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • I Love The Smaller Size

                  Cons

                  • Electronic F L Change Slo

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Like the small size. It is a little different after using the other 12-42 OM lens. Would prefer manual use of focal length.but the small size is great and I am just learning how to use it. Remember, it uses more battery power so stock up on batteries.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Very compact 14-42mm lens.

                  By Ray

                  from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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

                  Great little lens. Why would anyone choose the kit lens?

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