Summary: enjoys this photo lens. I bought the E-PL1 a few years back which came with a 14-42 mm lens. I felt that I needed something extra for distance and just general photo shooting. This lens does just this for me. I have been able to use my camera's editing tools to zoom in on a crop dusting plane in the air around my town and a hot air balloon show in Ohio. I would love to attach the Darth Vader helmet balloon.
Summary: I like the range and use it for most of my photographs. The only two lenses I carry most of the time are this and a 75-300 although I do occasionally use a 500mm lens for extreme distance.It is just too convenient to do without.
Summary: This adds a bit of bulk to the Pen, especially the smaller ones, but the range and functionality are great. Combine this with one of the f2.8 or faster primes and you have a solid day / night combo that won't weigh you down and will preform very well. I have 12,000 photos to prove it.
Summary: I gave the lens a real workout in a dusty, smoking outdoor environment - a Civil War re-enactment. Photo subjects were from 30 to 500 feet away. Olympus Pen E-P3 body and VF-2 View Finder. No hood used but did attach a Quantaray DMC-1A filter. Shot 300 + photos in one afternoon's time. No vignetting noted. I did not shoot directly into the sun, but did shoot at such an angle where I fully expected flare. No flare noted. Depth of field was exceptional.
Summary: This is an excellent all around lens and you can get spectacular results, but it takes some practice to learn the quirks and get around them. When you use this lens, your camera *has* to be in A (Aperture Priority) mode for the best results. From 14mm to around 35mm, you should stop it down one stop to get sharp results (F/5.6). From around 35mm to around 80mm, you can soot wide open, but then from 80mm to around 130m you have to stop down to f/8.
Summary: This is an ideal lens to use with the Pen cameras, in addition to the 17mm 2.8 of course. With these two lenses you are set for just about any travel adventure. The lens has a metal lens mount, and considerably faster focusing than the 40-150mm. It is well made of high quality plastic, which allows for a small size and light weight, the whole point of the Pen system. I found this lens ideal for photos of the kids, as well as travel and landscapes.
Summary: This is a very useful all-purpose lens. Wide-open apertures are soft and for clarity you need to be around f8. If you are using an EM5 or EMI then the extreme low-light (light gathering) capabilities of these cameras will mean you are still working at good speeds even if you close the aperture up on dull days. I am getting good definition from my lens, my own A3 prints are very sharp. Absolutely no need to fear bad results if considering buying this lens.
Of my 7 lenses for MFT this is the one I carry by default.
21 April 2014
Summary: This is a superb lens for day to day use. I use it on my Panasonic GX7 and GM1 and for a lens with such a large zoom range it gives extremely good results. In its widest setting it is as you see in the image but zoomed to 150mm (300mm 35mm) it is roughly double the length. I have not found any real issues with stabilization and even zoomed in on very close objects (pseudo macro) I have been able to obtain some good results..