Reviews and Problems with Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Wide Zoom
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MkII
9 July 2011
Excerpt: This revised version of the collapsible standard zoom, bundled with Olympus Micro Four Thirds system compatible cameras costs around £230 on its own. It sports an internal focus mechanism and a bayonet attachment for additional wide and macro converter lenses.
Pros: Very fast AF, Excellent sharpness in the centre, Compact, collapsible design, Internal focusing
Cons: Barrel distortion at 14mm (although this is automatically corrected in camera in JPEG images), Lower sharpness towards the edges than the version it replaces.
Excerpt: The original version of Olympus' collapsible standard zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds System costs around £240 on its own, but is often supplied as a kit with Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Pros: Excellent sharpness across the frame from maximum aperture, Compact collapsible design, Light weight, 25cm minimum focus distance
Cons: Slow AF, Rotating front element may make using polarisers or graduated filters tricky