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

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the E-P1 and RAW-converted via Photoshop.

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Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 33mm
Aperture: f/5
Exposure 1/500s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 29mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Olympus
Model E-P1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s

Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED is very decent performer. The delivered resolution is very good across the range although it lacks the final greatness towards the borders and at the long end of the zoom range. A strength of the lens is the lack of vignetting. The M.Zuiko suffers from a moderate degree of lateral CAs which doesn't seem to be corrected for whatever reason. When analyzing uncorrected RAW files the distortions are quite extreme at 14mm but mainstream users will only experience moderate distortions in their (corrected) images here.
The lens construction is a bit debatable. It's a retractable lens, or in other words - you need to set into its working mode prior of being able to take images with it. Size-wise this is an advantage when packing the lens into your back but the handling isn't really perfect. A bit more problematic is the build quality of the lens - the inner lens tube is very shaky and only a shadow of the quality that we're used to from Olympus DSLR lenses (classic 4/3 system). All-in-all a lens which has been primarily optimized for compactness and a low price tag.

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