Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Lens, Standard Zoom, Suitable for All MFT Cameras (Olympus OM-D & PEN Models, Panasonic G-Series), Black
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In short, if you get it as part of a kit, don't rush out to upgrade, rather spend that money on other accessories or lenses. If you need a cheap, light and inconspicous walkaround lens to complement a pro lens, you might be positively suprised! Chromatic aberrations, typically seen as purple or green fringes along contrasty edges, are quite prevalent, as shown in the examples below.
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ ED M.Zuiko Digital Review Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ ED M.Zuiko Digital Review
Overall, quite good performance used wide open, better stopped down slightly, and soft in the wide and tele ranges at ƒ/22. Chromatic aberration is at its most pronounced when the lens is zoomed to telephoto, at ƒ/5.6 and 42mm; you'll see it in the corners without much effort. Wide open at either 14mm or 18mm, some chromatic aberration is visible but it is less pronounced; it's only at 25mm and up that you start to see it in the corners.To see the quality of the lenses, pictures needs to be printed and viewed from the correct distance too. Pixel peeping on computer screen doesn't show the truth.
Olympus 14-42mm EZ is better than most even knows Olympus 14-42mm EZ is better than most even knows
Olympus PEN E-PL7 + Olympus M.Zuiko 14‑42mm f/3.5‑5.6 EZ (1/320 sec, ISO200, f/7.1) (Image credit: James Artaius) Olympus M.Zuiko 14‑42mm f/3.5‑5.6 EZ: Performance This becomes very useful when shooting remotely, via the OI.Share app, as you can control the zoom without having to touch the camera directly –great for framing yourself for selfies from afar, or photographing subjects that are easily startled.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II Specifications
Falloff of illumination towards the corners is fairly typical for a standard zoom lens, and shouldn't pose too many issues. At 14mm and f/3.5 the comers are 1.86 stops darker than the centre of the image and stopping down to f/5.6 results in visually uniform images. At 42mm, and f/5.6 falloff is about the same and the corners are 1.43 stops darker than the image centre and stopping down to f/8 results in visually uniform illumination. We have chosen to use the Panasonic L10 as our standard test body for Four Thirds lenses purely because it gives the highest numbers in our resolution tests (which we believe is most likely due to it having a relatively weak anti-aliasing filter); this is intended simply to provide the fairest comparison to other manufacturers' systems. The samples gallery contains images taken using various camera bodies (Olympus E-3, Olympus E-510, and Panasonic L-10). Headline features Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. In the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ, Olympus employed a five-bladed circular diaphragm, which isn't usually conductive to a pleasant bokeh, but in actuality the results aren't too bad at all for a kit lens.