Olympus M.ZUIKO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 31.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 41.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/160s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1.0s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Olympus Digital M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R may be an unexciting lens for advanced users but many newbies start their journey with the Olympus system just right here. The optical quality isn't absolutely stunning but it is no slouch either. The results are pretty sharp from the wide end till the middle range whereas the quality at the long end could be a little better. Distortions and vignetting are auto-corrected so there is little to worry about from a user perspective here - the underlying native characteristic is quite a bit worse though. The lateral CAs are too high at fully open aperture but not much of an issue when closing the aperture by a stop or two.

The build quality is surprisingly high for such an affordable kit zoom lens. It may have an all plastic shell but it is tightly assembled with smooth control rings. The AF is fast and virtually silent. To summarize - a decent offering that will not break the bank.

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