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.