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Olympus 14-42mm Zuiko Digital f3.5-5.6 + MMF-1 on Olympus Pen E-P1

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Hi, I was wondering what the ZD kit lens' image quality and general performance is like on M4/3.

The images posted in the OP look great however is there any loss of quality on the m4/3 system? And how did the AF perform?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum. There will be no degradation in image quality using the 4/3 14-42 lens on a m4/3 camera compared to a 4/3 camera. This lens was always quite good relative to other kit lenses when it was released and is still a good performer, certainly worth much more than the $50 that I paid for this particular example. AF speed is not great on either my E-P1 or GH1, although I don't know if there was a firmware update for this lens which may improve that. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this over the native m4/3 Olympus and Panasonic 14-42 and 14-45mm lenses, although I much prefer the handling of this lens to the original collapsible Olympus 14-42mm m4/3 lens even if it is a lot bigger.
 

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I've had them all...

Hi!
I have got all three 14-42 from Olympus:
1. FT 14-42
2. mFT 14-42
3. mFT 14-42 II

I've bought the FT 14-42 because of the bad build quality (just feel the zoom...) of my mFT 14-42. The excelent build quality, the little better IQ in terms of sharpness and CA and the good lens hood of the FT 14-42 made it the better option whenever size doesn't matter. As a drawback the AF speed of the FT lens is significantly slower.

A few days ago I got the mFT 14-42 II. It is a nice step better in terms of build quality with a smoothly damped zoom ring (compared to the old mFT lens). The FT 14-42 is still the build quality king in this triplet.
The AF speed is much better than both other lenses and sharpness and CA also seem to be superior at least to the older mFT 14-42.

Finally I prefer the mFT 14-42 II as long as size or AF speed matters. But maybe I'll keep the FT lens for tripod work, just to enjoy the good build quality.

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I just checked the firmware of my 4/3 14-42mm. It was the latest so it would seem the AF is as good as it will get :(

I'd certainly agree with the comments re build quality. The materials are all plastic but it operates very smoothly and feels like it's been screwed together properly.

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pretty nice lens kit
 

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the 4-3rd 14-42ED is one great (kit) lens...
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