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

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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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This image was taken with the old version of 14-54mm.

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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...
 

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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.
 

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Some from me ..


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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
 

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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
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)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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:

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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)
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using this lens on my EM1, luv its narrow aperture range to bits...
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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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