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Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 14~54mm F2.8~3.5

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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by MichaelShea

slrgear.com
27 April 2014
  • Summary: This will be a short review aimed predominantly at potential second-hand buyers for the micro four thirds system. Let me straight away state that I can thoroughly recommend the lens for stills photography of static subjects. I'm not qualified to comment on results that you might expect from video, sports etc. No doubt the mark 2 version of the lens represents an improvement in terms of auto-focusing speed.
  • Pros: Edge to edge sharpness in middle of zoom range, great build, lovely colour rendition
  • Cons: No real advantages over cheaper offerings at wide end, some chromatic aberrations visible
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by logbi77

logbi77, slrgear.com
7 March 2009
  • Summary: This lens is a great lens. I bought this lens used, and it is quite good in terms of image quality, sharp across the frame. It is also relatively cheap and better in comparison to the other manufacturer's offerings in relation to focal length (28-108mm FF equivalent). The only lens I think that is being offered by others are the nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 and the sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5.
  • Pros: Fast Focus, Build, Weather-Sealed, Relatively Cheap
  • Cons: Not Constant 2.8
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by lextalionis

lextalionis, slrgear.com
27 November 2008
  • Summary: This is a versitle lens...macro, landscape, portrait, the works! Sharp, good color and contrast.
  • Pros: Great all-around lens.
  • Cons: To nit-pick, the lens is a bit soft at the edges wide-open.
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by kubler

kubler, slrgear.com
14 November 2008
  • Summary: Excellent walk-around lens, sits on my E-510 most of the time. The f2.8 is satisfactory most of the time, focusing even at low light levels has not been a problem like the 14-42 kit lens. Overall, a vast improvement.
  • Pros: Well built, sharp & good contrast
  • Cons: none
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by MartinM

MartinM, slrgear.com
12 November 2008
  • Summary: Noting to complain at all. This lens first perfect on my e520. Although it does not support contrast AF, the way i use it, OVF, does not matter. Its really sharp and the IQ is outstanding. Compared to the 12-60 it is very affordable adn offers almost the same focal length The weight and the lens cap is something that i don't like.
  • Pros: Sharp, fast AF, good focal length
  • Cons: a bit heavy, old lens cap
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by swintonphoto

swintonphoto, slrgear.com
28 October 2008
  • Summary: I have been using this lens for a year and a half and I couldn't be happier. It brings incredibly sharp results and has a great max aperture. Considering the wide max aperture, the lens is surprisingly small. While it is much larger than the kit lenses, it is small compared to similar lenses by other manufacturers. It is very well built, with weather sealing. Just holding the lens you can feel the quality of the build. It also auto-focuses very quickly.
  • Pros: Excellent max aperture, excellent build quality, excellent image quality
  • Cons: None.
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by Magnus

Magnus, slrgear.com
9 January 2008
  • Summary: Lens delivers good results at 5,6 - 11 and this at f4.0 .... well so did my Oly kit lens. I bought this for the speed but 2.8 changes to 3.5 rather quickly and shooting 14mm or 54mm at highest aperature doesn't produce any crispness. Certainly not compared to the price difference of the kit and this. Another con, is the autofocussing, trying to autofocus wide-angle outdoor shots is almost impossible.
  • Pros: Build Quality
  • Cons: Softness Wide open, slow AF
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by ailame

ailame, slrgear.com
22 December 2007
  • Summary: Universal and reliable lens I carry with me all the time. At wide open side (f2.8-3.5) it delivers less then crispy-sharp results. However, starting f4-5 the output becomes to be comparable to fix focus 50mm f2.0. So if light conditions allows it I always close it a bit. There is huge difference in AF performance when used with E-1 versus E-3. It is relatively slow with E-1 in general but in low light conditions it very difficult to use...
  • Pros: this Oly kit lens is much much better than kit lenses provided with other manufactures
  • Cons: bit soft when open at its max
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by kmyren

kmyren, slrgear.com
31 January 2007
  • Summary: I purchased the E-500 after a lot of research and testing. Being relatively new to DSLR I still have lots of questions. I have learned to carry a small note pad to take notes and it really helps me get better. Now you add Photoshop in the mix and set up some projects and you can create great looking pictures.
  • Pros: Better glass then the kit lens. Almost everything about this lens is prefect and how it interacts with the E-500
  • Cons: Nothing so far - taking a lot od pictures using different setting
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Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital review by pflugshaupt

pflugshaupt, slrgear.com
5 January 2007
  • Summary: Having bought the lens with a E-400 body, I'm very happy with it. Image quality is excellent and I really like the feel and handling of the lens. One small problem is that the E-400's pop-up flash gets shaded by the lens at wide angles (less than 18mm) and/or close up. This is due to the greater bulk of it compared to the E-400's kit lens, for which the pop-up flash is obviously made.
  • Pros: image quality, build quality
  • Cons: shades the pop-up flash on the E-400 at widest angles or up close
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