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Showcase Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by rfortson, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    I guess no one has started this thread yet, so I'll do so. I just bought this lens to go on my E-P5. I wanted a compact lens for the Pen form-factor and this lens certainly fits that need. IQ is decent, the automatic lens cap is handy and the thin size is just what I was looking for. I've only had it a day so these are just a few quick snaps. I'll keep adding to it as I get better shots.

    P3170011 by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3170001 by fortsonre, on Flickr
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  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    Thanks Russ

    And thanks again for the full size on flickr, really helps us understanding a lens
  3. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

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  4. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    Finally got out and gave this lens a good workout, and I'm finding it works well for a kit lens. Size is (to me) the biggest advantage, as it's about the same size as the 17/2.8. Image quality is fine, though I'm not a pixel peeper. I did get a little CA on a couple of high contrast shots, but it cleans right up in LR. I previously had the original 14-42 from my E-P1 kit and one difference I (think I) see is that the original 14-42 seemed to focus much closer. I no longer have the original 14-42 (sold it with my E-P1), so I can't compare directly. Published specs say they're nearly the same, but it doesn't feel that way to me. Anyhoo...

    Build quality is nice for a kit lens (somewhere between the original 14-42 and the 12-50, IMHO). Electronic zoom is fine for me, and the auto lens cap is very convenient. In short, it's exactly what I was hoping for when I bought it, and it will stay on my E-P5 as my go-to lens when just out and about. Of course, if I go with a subject in mind, I'll probably mount a prime on the camera as (to me) that's what the E-P5 really calls for.

    So, here are a sample of my pictures from a local farmer's market and from Rocket Park at the Johnson Space Center.

    P3220097.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220101.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220063.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220062.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220061.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220059.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220056.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220055.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220050.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220041.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220039.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr

    P3220040.jpg by fortsonre, on Flickr
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  5. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

  6. memzinla

    memzinla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 31, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    How does this lens compared to the 12-50mm?
  7. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    I don't pixel peep, but they seem comparable over the equivalent range. The 12-50 is weather sealed, has a "macro" function and has a wider range (both wider and longer). The negative is its size.

    For me, I bought the 14-42 mainly for it's small size to go on my E-P5. For that, it works well.
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    MCMLXXIII AD Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    I had the kit lens with body too but returned for a body only package. I felt the kit lens wasn't good for me to make the most out of the camera.
  9. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Posted this on the E-M10 page as well. Thought this came out well. Pretty sharp for a kit lens.

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  10. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    With the E-P5 and the 14-42EZ. I find it pretty decent under the right conditions.






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  11. Dan43

    Dan43 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 25, 2014
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  12. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    Nice! I like the first one the best. Thanks for adding to the thread.
  13. Lurch

    Lurch Hi, I'm a gear addict

    Apr 21, 2014
    Canberra, Australia
    I intend to add this shortly for the E-M5, again for size reasons.
    Is there any 'tricks/tips' to using this lens? eg: f-stops that seem to be a sweet spot of anything?
  14. DL Photo

    DL Photo Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 15, 2012
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    I've had clear shots wide open and around f8. Only recommendation I have is that it needs good light for best shots (wow......some good advice).
    Best kit lens that I have owned......even better than my dslr kit lenses.
    I recommend the auto lens cap as well.
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  15. Dan43

    Dan43 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 25, 2014
    Thanks for the thanks, rfortson and WendyK!

    I'm a bit surprised about the high number of views... there must be a lot of interest in this lens...

    Update: Seems like the high number of view was somehow caused by flicker's new html embedding...
  16. DennisC

    DennisC Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Cheshire UK

    The one thing this lens has apart from great build and wonderful size is a very soft bokeh.
    I would imagine that it would make an excellent portrait lens
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  17. Dan43

    Dan43 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 25, 2014
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  18. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    My em10 came with the 14-42EZ. I expected that it would produce images OK for monitor viewing when used in or close to it's sweet spot. So far, so good. Nothing special asthetically about these images, I'm more interested in seeing what I can do with it.

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    IQ dropped when cropped.

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    f9.5 @ 125th, 42mm, ISO 400
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  19. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA




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  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Thanks for this thread,. The lens looks just fine for my purposes- to put on the E-M5 to take anywhere whenever I leave the house when I don't know if I'll be taking photos or not. Mine shipped today from B&H, so by Wednesday I hope to have pictures to posts.
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