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Experiences with FT Zuiko 14-42mm on E-PL1

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Orientator, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Orientator

    Orientator Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Dec 7, 2010
    Hi everybody!

    Did anybody of you ever try to use the original FT (not MFT) Zuiko 14-42mm kit lens on a MFT body? (Of cause with the FT-on-MFT-adapter.)

    The lens seems to be quite sharp, has a good build quality and is very cheap at e..y. I already have the M. Zuiko 14-42 but I'm a bit anoyed of the low quality feeling and the somehow poor handling.

    Is the focus fast? How would you rate the IQ compared to the M.Zuiko?

    Regards
    Stefan
     
  2. Orientator

    Orientator Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Dec 7, 2010
    :eek: nobody ever tried?


    Ok ok, I will do. Yesterday I've bought the Olympus FT ZUIKO 14-42 @eb.y for only 45 € !!!

    For this price I can afford an "experimental" lens.

    Stefan
     
  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I don't THINK you'd see much of a difference and from what I understand of adapting 4/3 lenses to m4/3 I would bet the focus would be slower. However, I'm interested in what you find out first hand. Be sure and post your results.
     
  4. Orientator

    Orientator Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Dec 7, 2010
    Comparison of the FT and the MFT Oly Zuiko 14-42

    Whoa! The eb.y seller was awesome quick. Just two day from putting the bid to holding it in my hands.

    Of cause I tried it out immediately with these findings:

    - Autofocus speed is surprisingly fast. Although it's an adapted FT-lens it takes subjectively the same time to focus from infinite to close and vice versa. Ok, the MFT Zuiko 14-42 is not a racer but at least the FT lens isn't a step back. BTW: the autofocus is a bit louder in the FT lens.

    - Build quality is much much much better than the wobbling tubes and plastic feeling of the MFT lens.
    For those who had a kit with the FT Zuiko 40-150 tele: the 14-42 has the same solid surfaces and is even more stable due to only having one extension tube while zooming in.
    The difference in weight is not too big so the FT lens feels also well balanced on the E-PL1.

    - I did only some test shots and no scientific comparison between the FT and MFT Zuiko 14-42 lenses. The sharpness looks good but if there is a difference between both lenses I don't really know.
    According to several test reports I've compared the FT lens should be the same or better at all focal length/aperture combinations. And, what I like very much, you never need to stop down to increase the resolution.

    - For those who like the "camera porn" - threads:
    The E-PL1 with the FT Zuiko 14-42 looks much more serious than with the retractable MFT lens.

    Conclusion: (Assuming that the IQ proves to be the same or a bit better)
    The FT Zuiko 14-42 works pretty well on the E-PL1.
    I will use the FT lens always when I go out dedicatedly for taking photos. In this case the extra space it needs doesn't hurt me. Also for vaccation I would prefer the nicer handling.

    The MFT Zuiko 14-42 is still the better alternative if you need to carry your camera in a coat pocket or so. So when I go out and even ask myself if I want to take the bulk of a camera with me than the MFT lens wins the game.

    Questions or Comments welcome!

    Stefan
     
  5. The 4/3 14-42mm works fine on a m4/3 camera but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it over the m4/3 14-42. It's CDAF optimised so focus speed is okay. The biggest advantage of the 4/3 version is that the front element does not rotate and it has a custom petal-shaped hood. The size is not so bad as the larger lens does give you something to hold onto without being too heavy. I don't own a pocket big enough to fit an Olympus Pen regardless of what lens is fitted so the lack of 'pocketability' does not particularly bother me.

    Pen E-P1 + 4/3 14-42mm f3.5-5.6