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Showcase Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II ZD 4/3

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by labcoatguy, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    I'll start this thread off with a closeup of aluminum roses that I make in my spare time. It has a very close minimum focusing distance which makes it great for detailed closeups.

    Taken at 14mm
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    And a 1:32 scale model car at 54mm
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    Both are OOC JPEGs that have been resized by Google Picasa but are otherwise untouched.
     
  2. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    OOC JPEGs from E-P3.
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    This one is from LR with default sharpening and no NR.
    OLY60445.
     
  3. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    502
    Sep 19, 2012
    Indonesia
    Alex
    This image was taken with the old version of 14-54mm.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flubie/8211165767/" title="Röhss-Keiller mausoleum by Flubie, on Flickr"> 8211165767_a55fcce511_c. "800" height="601" alt="Röhss-Keiller mausoleum"></a>
     
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  4. h0rde

    h0rde New to Mu-43

    5
    Jan 28, 2013
    How's the performance on m4/3? I'm seriously looking into one of these as a walkaround, since it's a good focal length, fast, and pretty cheap on the used market.
     
  5. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    805
    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    Here's a couple of landscape shots.
     
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  6. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    805
    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    For the money, it can't be beat. Slightly slower AF and size are the only drawbacks. It has to be the MKII, though for best focusing on m4/3. I found the G5 focused faster than the EM5, but just slightly.
     
  7. martinq

    martinq Mu-43 Rookie

    24
    Sep 2, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    The 14-54mm is the lens I miss the most from my old Four Thirds kit. I tried my original 14-54mm on an E-PL1 and the autofocus was just miserably slow, with 2-3 long whirrs to get in the ballpark and then a series of several rapid whirrs as it tried to zero in on best contrast.

    I tried to make a go of it, but between the slow AF and the poor balance on the E-PL1 I just gave up and sold the 14-54mm at a firesale price.

    How does the 14-54mm mk II AF compare with the mZD 14-42mm mk II? If it's as quick as that, it may be worth looking for one...
     
  8. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    805
    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    The MKII will on average give you 1/2 second focus rate.The better the light and contrast the faster. It's a bit slower than the 20/1.7, the slowest of the m4/3 natives. The other 4/3 lens that focuses pretty fast is the 70-300, albeit slower than the MKII.
     
  9. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Some from me ..


    P2240692. P2240575. PB080167_2. PB150419.
     
  10. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Just ordered it. Arriving Tuesday or Wednesday, can't wait.
     
  11. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Hi, I've just seen one on the bay, but looking at the description and pictures of the lens I can't work out if its Mk1 or Mk 2. Are there features visible that clearly indicates one from the other?
    I'm considering the four thirds 14-54 f2.8 for use on my OMD E5 (with suitable adapter of course). Is this a good combination. I understand the speed of focus won't be lightning speed, but 0.5s should be ok.
    Any thoughts please.
    Steve
     
  12. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    the mkII version has the blue ring around the top of the rim and is slightly thicker (If I recall correctly..I have owned both)
     
  13. boostin

    boostin Mu-43 Regular

    57
    Sep 21, 2013
    It will have 14-54 ii on the len
     
  14. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Thanks guys. As a m4/3 user am I right in saying the Mk II is the one to have for reasonable speed of auto focus. From what I can glean, the Mk I and II both have the same IQ, so nothing to separate them on that score, but the Mk I would require manual focus.
     
  15. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    IQ is the same, yes. Focus should be faster on the MKii. I think the MKi will focus in auto, just slower. I know when I had an adapter, I could auto focus the 50mm F2 on the EP-1...but it was dreadfully slow (that lens is slow anyway on 43rds)....so I think the MK1 will still work, but you may want to spend the extra $ if focus speed is important for you.
     
  16. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    906
    Nov 2, 2013
    UK
    Steve
    Many thanks, it's so easy to get carried away with eBay, I'm glad I've had the feedback given here as its made me decide against the Mk1.
    Steve.
     
  17. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    329
    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    got myself a used one of these :)

    Arrived on monday. Didn't want to wait until next weekend to give it a try so took some shots over lunch today.

    Today was overcast and drizzly, so I went for some close-up shots. Really quite happy with the close focussing of this one.

    P1150624C1.

    P1150626C1.

    P1150637C1.

    P1150653C1.

    P1150651C1.
     
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  18. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    329
    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    some more test shots today. Nice detail edge to edge in the tree branches. Nice resistance to flare when shooting straight into the sun. :smile:

    P1160659C1 (1) .

    P1160664C1 (1) .

    P1160676C1 (1) .

    not a great photo, but a nice example for concentric rings in tree branches around a light source. (You get that at night around street lamps too)
    P1160680C1 (1) .
     
  19. iluvgf5

    iluvgf5 Mu-43 Regular

    31
    Aug 31, 2012
    using this lens on my EM1, luv its narrow aperture range to bits...


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  20. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    329
    Jun 10, 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
    time to update this thread with some highlights from the last couple of months. I really like this lens. For photographing action the focussing would be too slow on the EM-5, fortunately most of my photos are a bit quieter :) (and manual focus works well enough)


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    under North Falls by tilman paulin, on Flickr


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    Cape Lookout Hike 05 by tilman paulin, on Flickr


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    wet feet by tilman paulin, on Flickr


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    day at the beach by tilman paulin, on Flickr


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    meet the Goonies :) by tilman paulin, on Flickr


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    Columbia River Gorge by tilman paulin, on Flickr
     
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