Summary: Actually happily surprised for a kit lens. For the price (~ $120 purchased with EPL-5) the performance of this zoom lens is actually noteworthy. My only negative on this is that the lens is all plastic construction and has to be extended even in wide angle mode..
A GREAT VALUE - shouldn't be compared to a $400 lens, but doesn't need any apologies!
18 May 2015
Summary: Many have compared it - unfired - to dedicated prime lenses on DSLRs costing hundreds of dollars more. I wouldn't do that, and I didn't expect that level of quality when I purchased it. I'm still holding on to my DSLR.
A GREAT VALUE! No, it doesn't compete with a $400 lens. But then again, it shouldn't be expected to!
1 May 2015
Summary: The 14-42mm II R is a very good, though much maligned kit lens. Many have compared it - unfired - to dedicated prime lenses on DSLRs costing hundreds of dollars more. I wouldn't do that, and I didn't expect that level of quality when I purchased it. I'm still holding on to my DSLR.
Summary: The M.Zuiko 14-42 II R is a good lens. It's biggest attraction is it's collapsing design. This seemed fiddly and a bit too delicate for a plastic bodied lens, but it has held up well. It's very lightweight, and fairly sharp across the entire range.
Summary: It gets the job done. Imaging capabilities are at least on par with what you'd expect from a kit lens. The E-M10 corrects the wide-angle barrel distortion in camera (JPG), so that's cool. My small complaints: - dumb cheap plastic ring on the front comes off too easily.
Summary: This gave predictable and quick shots (focuses fast) all throughout a long vacation in good to great lighting. They are however not what you'd call 'fast' at 3.5 max aperture and fail utterly at any indoor lighting, as you end up with shutter speeds well under the 1/60 you need without a tripod.