November 14, 2017 by peter
Punches way above its price!
Like the inexpensive 75-150 zoom, this Olympus kit zoom punches way above its price tag. Kit lenses are always going to be compromises -- not so sharp, not so fast, not usually as well built -- as the enthusiast lenses covering the same price range. But they cannot be TOO bad because the object is to hook the buyer on the system. Sadly, a lot of manufacturers don't understand this. Look at all the Nikon APS-C kit zooms rolling around my drawer! Unused. Unsaleable. But this little Oly lens is more than adequately sharp and contrasty and fast enough with reasonable ISO settings. There is a bit of chromatic aberration, correctable in firmware and in Oly RAW. It's not the 12-40/2.8 PRO zoom of course. That's a brilliant lens but big and heavy. The R-II is light and portable, probably intended to make the small Pen bodies into a small and convenient package. Cons: Well, as with almost all Olympus lenses, it should have come with a hood; it needs it in the field. The plastic mount is a downer if you're used to shooting the more expensive lenses, but why? It's more than precise enough to do the job since the autofocus seamlessly corrects for moderate mount wear. And besides, for the beginning interchangeable lens photographer, just how many lens changes will she make before stepping up to primes or better zooms? I found the lens lock/unlock feature to be a bit cumbersome and counterintuitive. My biggest complaint is that when collapsed and locked it is just too big. I can't fit my EP-3 into a pocket except the deep ones on my heavy duffle coat. I gather the EZ fixes that problem at a cost in $$ and sharpness. But it's a good practical general duty lens. I have many other Olympus lenses including primes, PROs, and premium designs. I still find uses for the 14-42 R II.
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August 15, 2017 by Matt
After six years, still going strong!
This was the kit lens on an E-P3 that I purchased about 6 years ago. It's still going strong, takes good photos, and sees plenty of action on my camera.
July 16, 2017 by Christina
Excellent kit lens, probably the best one there is even amongst the brands
Pretty great lens, especially considering it's a kit lens. I prefer to shoot with vintage glass mostly but I still get quite a bit of use out of this lens.
May 15, 2017 by Amber
Super compact
Compact, very light. great product, awesome price.
May 13, 2017 by Jef P.
Kit Lens... No worries
I have one that was included when I purchased my camera. This is my favorite everyday-lens. Takes great photos, light and versatile. This lens is always attached to my camera for daily use.
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