April 19, 2016 by David
Lightweight telephoto Zoom
The image quality of this lens is quite good and very sharp. It focuses easily, and produces good color. It's lightweight, making it very easy to carry around. I've used it to make some beautiful portraits. As a $99 add-on, it was an incredible value. Having said that, I have to subtract a star for the plastic lens mount. The plastic mount may never pose a problem, but I don't believe that any modest savings in price or weight are worth that risk. I can't imagine that a metal mount would have made a discernible difference in the weight, and only a small difference in cost. Nonetheless, I like this lens, and it is a good value.
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February 23, 2016 by Danny
Can't ask for more unless you go for PRO version
Underrated lens. I dropped and broke the lens (came as kit lens with E-PL3) in volunteer work for outdoor event. The lens and E-PL3 was too light and didn’t realize I had my camera wrapped around my wrist. It fell off on concrete pavement while I were taking off my jacket! Anyway, I have no hesitation to pick up the new one next day (the ‘R’ version was still on sale for $99 CAD back to a year ago). Sharpness through entire range from 40mm to 150mm. The lens is four and half stars for the image quality plus half star for the price.
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February 1, 2016 by Philam
Such a cheap piece of awesomeness
I bought this lens used, under a hundred bucks. I bought it more to cover the focal length than to actually use it in any serious way as I save up for the f2.8 lens of the same FLs. Boy, was I surprised! Don't get me wrong, this lens isn't going to blow your socks off. Hell, the build quality alone makes you realize, "you get what you pay for." It's not going to fall apart on you or anything, well, mine didn't, but it's not exactly made of diamonds. But then, I took some shots on the beach one day and didn't feel like running around with a prime lens as I usually do. Granted, it was in broad day light, so I just set my aperture to f5.6 and shot away. When I got home, I edited my shots, and lo and behold, darn nice images were popping up left and right! No major issues with sharpness, CA, or color reproduction either! At the end of the day, I think this lens is easily worth it's asking price. I just won't use it in anything darker than broad day light!
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January 26, 2016 by Jeffrey
Wonderful Lens, Espcially for the Price
I purchased this lens for $99 on a promotional sale and it is a steal at that price. The optical quality of this lens is magnificent, and its compact size and weight are a breeze to carry along with my OM-D E-M10 MARK II. The sharpness and contrast and overall image quality are stellar, particularly in outdoor settings. The autofocus is blazing fast and this lens is a perfect companion to any MFT camera. My only complaint is that it does not come with a lens hood, and the hood costs nearly 1/3 the price of the lens at $25. Still, even with the hood purchased extra, you can not go wrong at this price. A tremendous value for the money.
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January 21, 2016 by harvey
Great Value
Incredible value for quality optics. Not the fastest lens, but great in good light. Very fast autofocus. Used for shooting auto races, frozen race cars on track at ISO 400, 1/1000, cars going100+MPG - incredibly sharp with images cropped forever. Very compact and extremely light. Build quality may not be forever but at the price.....Still we fly in plastic airplanes now so why not plastic camera lenses? Useful range. I own 14-150 too but sometimes I like to take the 17mm f/2.8 prime and 9mm fisheye body lens, so 40-150 is all I need for medium distance. Not weather sealed but slightly lighter than 14-150. I love that this is small and light enough for PM2 and PL/7. Light weight enables it to handle well on them. Turns a PEN into a versatile powerhouse. With 14-42, a 17mm prime and a fish eye, makes a very versatile, light, compact kit for a reasonable cost that can shoot nearly anything. Works great with the MACRO attachment for even more versatility.4 stars because I wish it was brighter, but for the use I love this lens, am amazed you can buy something like it at the price point.
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