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OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (5)

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    (3)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
  • Consistent output (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The new R

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tiny zoom

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...Read complete review

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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3.0

Great resolution BUT!!!

By Philip Isaac

from Trinidad and Tobago

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

A three because the lens performed well. Really I bought two of those lenses with E-Pl3 bodies and in less than a year I received Lens error messages. None works on either camera. Luckily I purchased a 40-150 lens.
I cannot recommend that lens for durability. Because I have 2 bodies I am wondering if i should purchase another or a fixed focus. I need a lens to cover the wider focal lengths.

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5.0

Replacement lens

By Tom O

from Augusta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

Old lens would no longer focus correctly. This new lens solved all the problems.

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5.0

Essential

By MS13

from New York, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    It's lightweight, compact, smooth, comes with basic lens cap--I've got no complaints--seems like a solid lens and the 14-42 mm is nice essential to have.
    Plus it look great on the Olympus camera, so that's a nice bonus.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great Lens

    By Mr. Blake

    from Benton, AR

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This is a great zoom lens that I got with the GH4. The auto focus is pretty quick and reliable. I have found the photos that I have taken with the lens to be very sharp. I think my favorite thing about the lens is the small size. It is so light and portable. I could easily carry this lens around in my pocket. It is always great to have more room in my camera bag.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Well designed and well made

      By MeMeMe

      from Victoria Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Operates Smoothly
      • Well Made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Streetscape

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

        I bought this lens as a companion for the Olymus 40–150mm. I use both on my Panasonic GX7. This lens is compact, well made, and operates smoothly. It works physically, electrically and software wise perfectly with the micro 4/3 Lumix camera. In comparison with the Sony 16-50 lens on my Sony a6000, the Olympus 14-42 (on the GX7) isn't messy soft around the edges.
        The Panasonic prime 20mm that came with the camera is my sharpest lens, but is a fixed focal length that is not always useful, so I am glad I have this slightly retro looking little lens.
        I do use the 40-150mm Olympus lens more. I like its focal length.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good value for money lens

        By ppp_us

        from Sunnyvale, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Small

        Cons

        • Plastic
        • Slow Aperture At Long End

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        I bought this along with my olympus omd em5 mark ii. For the price, this basic zoom lens covers a nice angle and gives sharp pictures and good colors. Might have been better if this was 12mm-42mm and one stop faster at the long end. Would definitely recommend this as its not expensive and does the job well comparable to other manufacturers kit lens. Some olympus lenses has the lens ring which needs to be unscrewed to use the mount. This one has it and was initially confused how you can attach it. But its nice as it will cover the slots if you are not planning to use hood. Else its simple to just unscrew it. As usual olympus dont supply lens hood with lenses. Best part is lens is so light and small so you will carry it wherever you go.

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        5.0

        Great lens value for money

        By ppp_us

        from Sunnyvale, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No lens hood
        • Plastic Feeling

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Got this lens along with my olympus em5 mark ii camera. Bundled savings price was $. For that price image quality, AF speed is great. The lens is also light weight. The only issue is olympus dont supply lens hood along with lens like others and lens hood is expensive also. We have to get a third party lens hood in most cases.

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        • No

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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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            (7 of 7 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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (3 of 12 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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                (15 of 15 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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                  • No

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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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                    (10 of 20 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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                    • No

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