M.Zuiko 14-42mm MK II R question.

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by johnny9fingers, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. johnny9fingers

    johnny9fingers Mu-43 Veteran

    What's the difference between the 14-42mm MK II & the MK II R???
  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
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  3. johnny9fingers

    johnny9fingers Mu-43 Veteran

    Thanks, I figured any difference would be small. I am a fan of the 14-42mm MK II and should expect to be just as happy with this lens. I wonder what the "R" stands for. R = Really Sharp? Really Fast? Really Pretty? :tongue:
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Firmware v1.1 on July 21st, 2011 brings the 14-42mm MSC up to speed with the 14-42mm MSC R.
    Firmware Update for OLYMPUS E-SYSTEM : Lenses

    The R however, has a nice cosmetic ring that covers the bayonet for filters and hood, so the lens looks better if you don't have a hood/filter attached. It also has a nicer feeling focus and zoom ring, which will make it so much easier to take photos with it. ;)

    You can't update the nice zoom and focus rings with firmware, but I bet you could probably steal the cover ring off of an R version to fit on an MSC version. :D
  5. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    If I have a PL2...does it make sense to update the Firmware? (BTW, is there a FW update for the body?)
  6. j0sh818

    j0sh818 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    I just updated my epl2 body to v1.2 and 14-42 II to v1.1 last night. Didn't notice any speed difference coming from version 1.0 on both. I just got the epl2+kit last wednesday though. :)


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  7. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I updated E-PL2 and 14-150mm lens, didn't notice any difference. Intetestingly, the update service no longer recognizes 14-150mm lens after the update, it only shows the firmware version...
  8. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    i updated the lens too, however when i clicked on 'details' to what i am upgrading the 14-42mm II for, it just says "improved auto focus performance on ep-3" so i dont know if older ep cameras will enjoy the faster autofocus speed or whatnot.