September 5, 2015 by Dana
Best kit lens available
This is my standard go-to lens for micro four thirds. It gets the job done in most areas. Sure, there are better, faster lenses in various focal lengths that this lens covers, but this lens covers a good range, and you have the convenience of one lens-- no changing! It works great on video too-- silent and no hunting. There is a much smaller version of this lens, but the size of this model is not a concern whatsoever.
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June 23, 2015 by Mark
Great kit lens!
This lens came with my E-M5 Elite in a kit. For what I paid it would have been foolish not to get it. It is a very nice little lens. Image quality is actually quite good. Focus speed is good and it is quiet. The only drawbacks I would give it are. 1. Plastic lens mount. 2. Does not include lens hood. In using the lens I have found it to be sharp for a lens in this price point. It is very lightweight and collapses to make it a tiny little package. I would recommend it if you get it in a kit. When it was all said and done, I only paid $20.00 for it. Like I said, it would have been foolish not to get it.
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June 6, 2015 by Mustafa
If it is on sale, get it.
You will usually find it at the price of $99-$199 on sale. It is a requirement for every novice photographer, but I don't know exactly for amateurs. It is the type of lens that you will ask yourself why you don't want to use instead of why you should, thus allows novices to question themselves what next lens should they buy. It is quite easy, collapsible, sharp, low barrel distortion, and doesn't produce much chromatic aberrations throughout the whole frame. In addition, it is light and small enough to be carried on any occasion. The only drawback is minimum focus is only 0.25 meters and can not be compensated by buying the macro extension lens from Olympus, despite being expensive relative to the price of the lens itself .
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May 31, 2015 by BnKSy
Great kit Lens
Great little kit lens. Very lightweight, compact lens, offering exceptionally fast & sharp auto focus. Super macro to telephoto shots are very sharp and well focused. I have shots of ladybugs on roses, to my sheltie 100 feet away; all have been exceptional. Eventhough it is lightweight, it does not feel cheaply made. I could not be more pleased with this lens.
May 16, 2015 by Ray
Surprisingly good kit lens
Lenses that come packaged as part of a camera kit are notorious for sub-par performance and build, but the Zuiko Micro Four Thirds (MTF) 14-42mm IIR is a pleasant surprise. From the limited photos I have taken since receiving the lens, pictures seem to come out crisp, with resolution fairly uniform from center to edge. Zoom is smooth and autofocus is fast. It is a collapsible lens so when closed it only extends about 2" from the camera body, and weighs a mere 4 ounces. (Contrast this to the 28-85mm (full-frame equivalent to MFT 14-42mm) I have for my old OM-1 - that weighs about a pound and extends 3 1/2" at its shortest.) The maximum aperture for this lens is an unremarkable F3.5 - 5.6, but that is common for this class of zoom. To upgrade to the Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens would cost 3 times the price of this lens. This lens also has a very decent minimum focusing distance of just under 10", very nice for taking photos of small objects such as flowers and mushrooms (two of my favorite subjects). All-in-all a very nice lens. My only caveat is the 37mm filter size, which means it is a tiny lens cap for big fumbling fingers. I have installed a 37-46mm step-up ring to alleviate this problem. 46mm is the filter size for many MFT lenses and I plan on standardizing most of my lenses at 46mm. That way I can share filters between lenses, and the 46mm lens cap is much easier for me to handle.
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