A decent lens. worth to keep for daily walk arounds
7 May 2014
Summary: Produces fairly sharp images even though its a kit lens. Decent walk around lens for daily purposes. I bought this to fit the Wcon-P01 wide converter, which my older 14-42 V1 couldn't mount. A new EZ slim version is out, so the market price for this vII has dropped quite a bit.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: This lens was part of the package I have bought with my EP-3 camera in 2011. With time I have learn to use the M.14-42mm as an urban lens because of its compact size and overall performances. Picture results were supprisely good but it cannot pretend to be at the same levels as the prime lenses. The 14mm wide setting is sometime too narrow especially for interior uses or contextual picturing.
Summary: I am happy with the lens, it has a good range for everyday shooting. I like the fact that it collapses to such a small size, but it takes some getting used to to unlock and lock it for use and to close it up. I'm not ecstatic that the body is plastic, I do worry that it is a bit fragile so we handle with care. But it is a good price for the product and I am pleased with its performance.
Excerpt: This lens is the standard zoom usually attached to most basic "bundles". It is good for general use. In good lighting conditions it provides sharp, well defined images with little artifacts and distortion. In low light or when pushed to its boundaries (e.g.: full aperture in low light) it is less exciting but still passable.
Excerpt: This is the "standard zoom" for the micro 4/3rds system, the equivalent of the classic 28-85 range in 35mm format. It is compact (and even more compact when locked), well built for an entry level glass and performed reasonably well in a broad range of conditions: it excells in bright light with apertures stopped down to 5.6-8.
Pros: Affordable, Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Summary: There are two versions of this lens. The latest has an "R" suffix. The differences from the non-R version seems to be: 1) Cosmetic - Mainly, it adds a cover over the lens hood bayonet mount; and 2) Functional - It has a later firmware version (which I've read allows it to focus faster with the newer Pen cameras). Optically, the two versions are reported to be identical.