M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

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An extremely portable 3X Electronic Zoom lens that will complement the compact design of any PEN or OM-D body. Less than 1 inch thick and packed with the latest in lens technology, this lens features an MSC focusing mechanism for near silent focusing, a circular aperture unit and no less than 8 lens elements in 7 groups including on ED and one HR lens element. The Electronic Retraction feature automatically extends and retracts the lens when the camera is powered on/off. And the two-step variable Electronic Zoom mechanism delivers smooth consistent zooming control especially desirable when shooting HD movies. An Automatic opening protective lens cap is optionally available.

Item # V314070BU000

Mount Standard Micro Four Thirds System Standard
Focal Length  [35mm Equivalent Focal Length] 14-42mm [24-48mm]
Lens Construction 8elements in 7 Groups, 3 Aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens, 1 S-HR lens
Dust, Splash Proof, Freezeproof No
Angle of View 29-75 Degree
AF System High-speed Imager AF (MSC) 
Zoom Mechanism Electric Zoom
Closest Focusing Distance 7.87" at 14mm, 9.8" at 42mm
Maximum Image Magnification 0.23x 
[35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification] [0.46x]
Minimum Field Size 57.9x76.9mm
Number of Blades 5 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F3.5(F14mm) - F5.6(F42mm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Filter Size Diameter 37mm
Dimensions Diameter 2.4" x .9"
Weight 3.2 oz.
Box Contents Lens Cap(LC-37B), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2)
Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
*Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
Related Accessories (Option) Protection Filter (PRF-D37 PRO)
Lens Cap (LC-37C)
Macro Converter (MCON P-02)
Lens Case (LSC-0710)

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Customer Reviews of the M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

November 20, 2015


Compact and good

Size and portability matters. I took this lens with me on a month long, trip to Italy. One month. One carry on suitcase. My friends with full sized cameras (and heavy bags) decided each day whether to carry their cameras. I put my OMD and this lens into my purse. Or tucked under my jacket.
On the train, up the hill, through the market, on the boat, on the hike, into the stores - whereever. It was lightweight, unobtrusive and delivered great quality.

September 29, 2015


Nice very small and versatile lens

I guess the saying is true: The best camera - is the one you have with you. Combined with a pen camera you will get a system that is almost pocket able. You press the on button of the camera - the lens drives into position the automatic lens cap (optional accessory ) opens and here you go.
Picture quality may lag behind prime lenses, but not much and you are still going to be in a different ball park compared to phone cameras

March 27, 2015


Great compact lens

I purchased this lens for backpacking and camping with my OM-D E-M5, and it works great! The lens is very small and light, and yet allows versatility with the zoom.

January 07, 2015


Compact, but with reservations.

In addition to fielding a good number of Olympus primes and the Olympus pro zooms, I figured it would be a good idea to pick up this lens for the compactness I was lacking with my current array of options. I have to report that it's decently sharp, but that's about it. There are compromises to make lenses like this, at a price like this and you should know them before you buy.

There is some softness in the corners, the electric zoom is slow, and the aperture range standard for a zoom, but the big thing I noticed between this lens and the primes especially, was the color saturation. The color on any prime or pro zoom I have is much, much clearer and stronger, with no artificial adjustment. Something to consider, especially if you do not post process your images. Things look a bit flat and dull without a bit of a boost.

Otherwise this lens hits its intended marks for me.

July 19, 2014



This lens is a beautiful picture taking lens. I also have the M.Zuiko 17mm 2.8 lens. They are both great. I have taken pictures of the squirrels and a chipmunk that I throw out nuts to and they all crop beautifully to use as desktop photos.

June 24, 2014


Convenient little zoom lens

I bought this as a replacement for the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 IIR lens, which came included with my E-PL6. With the EZ on the E-PL6, the camera is almost as small as a typical point-and-shoot camera. Combined with the auto-opening cap (which you have to buy separately) it makes the camera quite convenient to carry around like a typical point-and-shoot.

The optics on the EZ are a little crisper than the IIR. The EZ is also able to focus on objects a little closer to the camera. The only downside of the EZ compared to the IIR that I can see is the zoom lens on the EZ are driven by an electric motor or servo, while on the IIR they are manual.

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