November 23, 2016 by WalterBear
Exellent all-purpose zoom with lots of features
I love this lens. It's so versatile and, in my opinion, one of the best values in Olympus lenses. I like that it has such a wide focal range of course, and the macro function is very impressive, but the thing I like best is the really good images it captures. I'm not too concerned with its speed (but admit that's what cost it 5 stars) because I fully understand it is a "daylight use" lens. I have the 25mm f1.8 for nighttime shots. What this lens really does well on my E-M10 Mark II is serve as a "one-lens" solution for walking around during the day sightseeing. I took some really great shots with it on my last trip to San Diego. Very impressive clarity, contrast and color. Good bokeh in all shots that show that aspect. Oh, and I really like the size! It's not at all "too big." Its length actually makes it much easier to hold the whole camera. And with the hood on, it stands up very well (nice and level) when put on a table. I really like using the manual zoom mode for still shots (a bit more control), but have to say that the electric zoom mode is perfect for video. The macro mode is very impressive. What else is going for it? How about weatherproof? Dedicated function button (really useful to me)? In summary, two words...Buy it!
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October 1, 2016 by Mirko
Good all-rounder
Very good for casual shooting and travel and OK for other purposes (macro, portrait). Excels in optimal conditions (enough light) but starts having trouble as the light gets lower. I don't think the size or the weight are too much as I've never thought the setup with it and the E-M5 was cumbersome. Haven't done any videos so can't comment on that but it does have a motorized zoom which should come in handy. Weatherproofing proved to be a great feature. Overall, a good all round lens which doesn't break the bank.
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July 18, 2016 by decia d.
It's like have two lenses in one!
This lens is a perfect when you only can bring one lens with you and it's weatherproof. The electronic zoom it's a great help to capture thing for far away. Also, it can convert to macro, like have two lenses in one!
February 17, 2016 by Paul
Agree with others reviews
Yes a bit slow, yes a bit big, but true its a good go to lens for the beginner. Unitl I started purchaing primes this was my lens of choice.(didnt know better at the time) At the time of purchase I was really into the weatherproofing thing, it seemed I really didnt need that feature. i dont use the macro so much and really cannto tell you how it is. I can say i have used this extensively for some landscape shots. They come out ok. Just ok, nothing too sharp but its been working out fine for my publishing. if you want a good budget lens for all around, and can deal with the physical length of it. then go for it.
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January 21, 2016 by harvey
Old Faithfull
Been around for a while but still good lens to have in the kit because of the 12mm wide view. 28-100 a good general purpose range. Very sharp, fast focus, 44mm MACRO function a bonus. Weatherproofing makes it useful when you don't need more than 100mm reach. Light, compact, handles well on PEN and OMD bodies. Primes can do better, but zooms are nice when the distance changes and you can't zoom with your feet. Nobody says the photos don't look good because they do. Nice travel lens when you don't want to bring a bag of them and you know you don't; need anything longer than 100mm.
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