Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6

Announced Jun 16, 2009 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds
romangeber

I got this back with the E-P1 the day it came out and shot a lot with it. It's sharp and colourful. It's not rated as "macro" but can get really close to small subjects. I got used to being able to fill the frame with these smaller details. It's not all that great for portraits and it's generally hard to get much of a bokeh out of it. For that I added a Lumix 45-200. The build quality isn't much to look at. It's cheap, it's plastic and it's actually broken by now. Given it's age and the abuse ...

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It is very easy to underestimate a cheap, plasticky kit lens that came with the camera, but I tend to think that the proof of pudding is in the eating, ie. proof of lens is in the photos. And there, this lens is no slouch. Let's get the obvious out of the way. It is mechanically flimsy, a collapsible design (like that old Leica Elmar on the first Leica cameras), so this gets in the way of getting a shot quickly; also, the front element rotates while focusing so it is a pain to use with a ...

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avotius
 

Came with my camera. Other than that its a very so so lens. Good for travel snaps in good light, not good at just about everything else. Focus is slow and the filter ring rotates. Camera companies obsession this this focal range is disapointing.

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