Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-150mm f/4-5.6 ED - Review / Test Report - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/5.4
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 39.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/60s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/125s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 49.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 is an acceptable "high-power 10.7x zoom" but don't expect magic from it. The delivered center resolution is actually pretty decent in the wide- to mid range whereas the border and corner performance is not that impressive at longer focal lengths - specifically at max. aperture. The M.Zuiko suffers from a high degree of lateral CAs which doesn't seem to be auto-corrected. When analysing uncorrected RAW files the distortions are quite extreme at 14mm but mainstream users will only experience moderate distortions in their (auto-corrected) images here. The same applies to the vignetting performance of the lens.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 is a compact and light-weight ultra zoom lens for people who don't just want to carry around several lenses and accept the performance penalty that are associated with such lenses. A positive aspect is certainly the high-speed contrast AF which can also be recommended for movie shooting due to the very low focusing noise.

 



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