Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBO145428II MFR # 261060B

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  • For 4/3 Cameras
  • Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto
  • High Grade Series
  • Dust & Splash Proof Construction
  • "High-Speed Imager AF" Compatible
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Olympus 261060B overview

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The Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zoom Lens is part of the High Grade Series, and this II version has been upgraded with several improvements. The lens is a portable, high-quality Digital Zuiko wide-angle zoom that provides edge-to-edge sharpness and superb color reproduction.

This II version uses a 7-bladed circular aperture mechanism, which produces more attractive background defocus points. It also integrates with the "High-speed imager AF" system included in recent Four Thirds DSLRs.

The fast f2.8/3.5 aperture makes it ideal for low-light situations while rendering a bright viewfinder image in the camera for easy focus and composition.

High-Speed Imager AF
When used with the Olympus E-30 D-SLR, the lens' High-Speed Imager AF allows the photographer to preview the E-30's new Art Filter effects in real-time with the convenience of a compact digital camera - thanks to Live View.
Optical Quality
Three aspherical lens elements and 4 cemented lens elements minimize distortion
Close-Up
Offers minimum focusing distance of just 8.66" (22cm) for all focal lengths
Splash and Dustproof
Exterior joints are sealed to provide splash and dustproof standards high enough to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use
In the Box
Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Case
  • 90-Day Manufacture Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Olympus 261060B specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 14 - 54mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 108 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 3.5
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Four Thirds
    Angle of View 75° - 23°
    Minimum Focus Distance 8.66" / 22 cm
    Magnification 0.26x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Optical Design 15 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.93 x 3.48" / 7.44 x 8.84 cm
    Weight 15.52 oz / 440 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 5.4 x 4.1"

    Olympus 261060B reviews

    14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 63.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crystalline IQ, Brisk AF, Light / Sturdy This is a fantastic lens to use.. and own!!! As an upgrade from the Zuiko 14-42mm ED lens, I can quickly notice some important differences: pro feeling, sturdier, better grip, much faster and quieter AF, faster aperture speed and brighter viewfinder, more accurate colors, more predictable IQ results. I have also had the chance to try the 12-60mm versus this Zuiko 14-54mm Mk II: the former tends to produce slightly more contrasty images and provides a convenient travel-proof range, whereas the latter seems to generously offer crystal-clear portrait/candid photos while acting much faster in Imager-AF mode.A winner, not only for financial reasons......
    Date published: 2011-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful lens for the E-P2. I purchased an Olympus Pen, E-P2. The Olympus Pen is a micro 4/3 camera that came with a 14-42 kit lens. For 90% of photographic situations, this combination provided me with excellent results. But, there are areas where flash photography is prohibited. Ergo I wanted a little faster lens. With an adapter, the MM2 from Olympus, the camera will mount and utilize this lens (as well as any other current Olympus lens). What this lens does on the E-P2 is amazing. Focusing is very fast, faster than the kit lens. Pictures are clear, crisp,and detailed from edge to edge. This is one fine lens. I can recommend this lens without reservation.
    Date published: 2010-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, opted over 25mm f/2.8 I really wanted a larger aperture than my 14-42 and was originally looking at the 25mm f/2.8. This was a MUCH better decision. Shoots 25mm at f/2.9. Sure, it's double the cost of the 25mm f/2.8, but you also get weather sealing and a zoom, not just a standard lens. It's a great balance on my E520. The DoF is better, weather sealing and all that are great, but the two things that really surprised me were focus speed and macro. The focus seems much quicker than the 14-42 even though this isn't SWD. Also, I didn't expect such a big difference in the magnification (macro), but I seem to be able to get a LOT closer on shots. All said, VERY happy. The 520 has really come alive with this on it.
    Date published: 2010-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great standard zoom lens Excellent build quality - a huge step up over the kit 14-42 lens. Great image quality. Amazing control over depth of field in close-up work - much more than I thought was possible in 4/3 at these focal lengths. Very impressed all around. Closest competition is the 12-60 SWD, but I'm happy that I saved a few hundred dollars without sacrificing quality by going with this lens!
    Date published: 2009-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb and versatile lens Got this as an upgrade from the 14-42. In comparison, the 14-54 II gives you more light to work with, better macro capabilities, less distortion, faster focus, marginally sharper images, more DoF-control, better build quality, and a bit more zoom. The cons are the added weight, although the camera and lens does feel more secure and stable in your hands when in use. All in all I would definately buy it again, although I might have considered the 50mm macro as well, as it is supposed to be even sharper and adding a lot more DoF-control since it is f/2. Its versatility does not compare however, so you have to know yourself as a photographer before you make the choice.
    Date published: 2010-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great lens for both 4/3 and micro 4/3 I've had this lens for a nearly a year now, I guess it's time to review it... The Olympus Zuiko 14-54mm f.2.8-3.5 zoom has been around since the beginning of Olympus DSLR's, and was the lens to get with a shiny new E-1. It is truly the workhorse of the Olympus lens line-up, and even though the newer, fancier 12-60mm zoom would seemingly make this lens redundant, Olympus tweaked it a bit a couple years back, called it the Mark II and has given this zoom it's own interesting little niche in the high grade and super high grade lens line-ups. Olympus did three things with this lens that set's it apart from the older model: gave it a 1:2 macro capability that is just incredible to behold, gave it a 7-bladed circular aperture mechanism that gives the most wonderful bokeh you've ever seen in a zoom lens, and most importantly, gave it the ability to work with contrast detect focusing mechanisms, which makes this a far more versatile lens than it's more expensive 12-60 stable mate, which lacks contrast-detect. First of all, let's get the whole image quality thing out of the way, because that what you are buying this lens for anyway: it's typically Zuiko in that it works extremely well at all apertures and focal lengths, and has probably the biggest sweet spot of any normal zoom lens you'll encounter: from 14mm at f.2.8, to 54mm at f.11, everything will look suburb. No need for stopping down to get sharp focus, it's right there at f.2.8, and only goes from good to outstanding as you close down the aperture. Like all digital lenses, things start to fall apart beyond f.11 due to diffraction. When this lens is mounted on a Lumix camera, ether 4/3 or micro 4/3, you can really see just how amazingly sharp it is at all apertures and focal lengths. I've just stared using this lens on a Lumix GH1, and I'm overwhelmed with the detail and image quality that I'm getting. No matter how large I magnify a GH1 file, either RAW or JPEG, this lens stays super sharp, so much so I can do 1/10 crops of an image frame and get results that look as good as if I meant to take the photo that way: I literally could not ask for anything more. And again, did I mention it's sharp no matter what aperture or focal length I'm using? Just wanted to make sure to get that point across... But that's something very important to point out about this lens, and all Olympus high grade and super high grade lenses: every single one of them will give you sharp focus wide open at their maximum aperture. Unlike just about every other f.2.8 zoom lens on the market from those other camera manufactures, where f.2.8 is just a soft focus setting, the Olympus zooms really can be used, and used well, wide-open. That alone justifies the asking price. But wait, there's more.... This lens is also fully dust and weather sealed, which means when there's a rain storm, snow, or even dust storm, you don't have to run inside or seek shelter from the elements...you just keep shooting, as long as you have one of Olympus' excellent weather-sealed DSLR's: the E-1, E-3 or E-5. I've used mine on my E-1 in snow, in rain, and even intentionally left it outside in the snow, and there has been no problems what-so-ever. The weather sealing lives up to it's billing, it is a great lens for a person who likes to spend time outdoors, in less than inviting environments. But let's say you are also interested in those funky new micro 4/3 cameras, and want to get one to take places when your big DSLR might just get in the way. Well, this lens is fully usable on ALL Olympus or Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras with the appropriate adapter. As a matter of fact, it's the only Olympus high-grade or super high-grade lens that will auto-focus on a Lumix micro 4/3 camera body at all! That's because Olympus updated it with contract-detect focusing, that really works well with micro 4/3. It also comes in very handy on Olympus DSLR's that use live view focusing, like the E-620, E-30 and E-5. While the lens certainly focuses much faster with the normal phase-detect of DSLR's, it will go with contrast detect if that's all you have. It will literally run rings around the 12-60 when used with any micro 4/3 camera, or any DSLR with live-view. The only draw-back is that it will not auto-focus on a Lumix camera in video mode, you have to rely on manual focus. Not sure what the story is in regards to video on Olympus Pens though. So those of you looking for a fast, normal zoom for your micro 4/3 cameras, look no further. Also, did I mention that it's lighter, smaller, and usually a little faster at all focal lengths than the 12-60, with no real difference in image quality, unless you magnify an image at about 1,000%? It's that good. Oh, and about the macro capability: you can take flower & bug photos right up to the 1:2 limit of the lens, then crop afterwards to get 1:1 or larger, with no ill effects what-so-ever, other than the loss of pixels. I've done it, and it looks fantastic! Another interesting technique is to use the lens with the EC-14 teleconverter, which gives you about a 40% increase in macro capability with only a one stop loss in aperture. So with the EC-14, you can get an amazing 1:1.5 close-up, which look incredible, with a only a microscopic loss of overall image quality. With this lens, you really don't need the super fantastic Olympus 50mm f.2 macro, unless you want the speed that lens gives you. And did mention that barrel distortion is so little that's it's barely worth mentioning? This lens is extremely well controlled for distortion, what small bit you may encounter can be easily taken care of manually in a program like Lightroom, or with Olympus' own proprietary software. Basically, it's a non-issue. So are there any bad things to say about this lens? Well yes there is, but not much. There is noticeable vignetting when using this lens wide-open at 14mm to 25mm. The vignetting does not go away entirely until you stop down to f.5.6. However, this is true of almost all fast, wide zooms, so it's no deal breaker, and I think you'll find the vignetting to be better controlled than most. The only fast zoom that does better in regards to vignetting is the Olympus 12-60mm. Now, for those of you who already own the awesome Olympus 14-42mm f.3.5-5.6 kit lens: is this 14-54 zoom going to give you a significant improvement in image quality? Well, no it won't. Both lens are equally as sharp, and sometimes the 14-42, thanks to it's ED lens element, is a bit sharper. So if you think that you'll be able to resolve down to the one micro level with this lens or the 12-60, you will be a bit disappointed. That's not because this is a poor lens, but because that 14-42 kits lens is far, far better than most people give it credit for. But this lens is faster, MUCH better built, weather sealed, has a slightly better zoom range, much better distortion control, and better macro focus capabilities compared to the 14-42 kits lens. So if any or all of that interests you, then the money for an upgrade will be well spent. Also remember that when you are trying to take a low-light shot at f.5.6 at 42mm, this lens will go all the way to 54mm at f.3.5, which is quite a bit of an improvement. There is only one normal zoom lens in the entire world that's better than the Olympus 14-54mm Mk II, and that's the Olympus 12-60mm, when used on a DSLR. If you bring micro 4/3 into the mix, then the 14-54 is the better lens by far, because of the contrast-detect focusing mechanism. This is a must-have lens for every Olympus and Lumix camera owner, whether 4/3 or micro 4/3. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2011-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Price I bought this lens as an upgrade to the 14/42mm lens that comes with the kit. Overall, i'm very happy with the lens, and would recommend it as an upgrade. I've compared the shots taken with this lens against the kit lens, and where the 14/54mm excels is in lower light indoor conditions. The pictures contain a lot less artifacts, and the barrel distortion is also much more minimal at 14mm. In sunny outdoor conditions, I notice minimal difference to this lens vs the kit lens. Overall, i'd recommend this lens as a upgrade, especially for use indoors and for architectural photography.
    Date published: 2010-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Upgrade I was looking for upgrade for my 14-42 lens. New lens should be universal for all purposes and show a great quality of picture. Also price is very important for me. After reading a lot of test, comparisons and reviews I chose ZD 14-54 II. And it's awesome! Universal zoom without distortion, fast focus even in low light (works similar to SWD lens with my E-510) and compact design the dream comes true! Maybe ZD 12-60 have better zoom, but I prefer to buy 9-18 and 14-54 for the same money and have better wide angle pictures. Must have!
    Date published: 2010-06-18
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