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Olympus M. Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

Zoom lens for PEN, OM-D, and other Micro Four Thirds cameras (Black)

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Our take on the Olympus M. Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

by Dave Bar
Olympus

An impressively compact and versatile lens

This super-compact, retractable Olympus M. Zuiko lens changes the equation, giving you the flexibility you might expect from a traditional 3X kit zoom lens — in a form that extends out only about 1" from the camera's front surface when fully retracted. It's lightweight as well, weighing in at a scant 3.2 ounces. It's the perfect lens choice to have mounted to your Micro Four Thirds camera when you're not sure what's next — a dramatic landscape, a child's face out on the playground — or a candid group shot.

With its quiet, Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocus system, this lens also excels at enabling you to gather excellent sound while capturing video. There's even a variable speed electronic zoom mechanism for smooth, virtually silent zoom control during shooting. Of course, the superb optical performance you've come to expect from Olympus is still here in spades. Aspherical, extra-low dispersion, and super-high refractive index glass lens elements make your images as sharp and artifact-free as they can be. 

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Highlights:

  • Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm ED f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens
  • designed for use with Olympus PEN and OM-D digital SLRs with Micro Four Thirds lens mounts
  • compatible with digital SLRs with Micro Four Thirds-size lens mount
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-84mm (equal to 3X optical zoom)
  • electronic retraction feature automatically extends and retracts lens when camera is powered on/off
  • electronic zoom mechanism for smooth, consistent zooming
  • Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocus system for quick, silent focusing
  • minimum focus distance: 7-7/8" (at 14mm), 9-7/8 (at 42mm)
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • maximum aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • 8 elements in 7 groups
  • one extra-low dispersion (ED) lens element
  • three aspherical lens elements
  • one super-high refractive index element
  • 5 rounded aperture blades
  • attachment/filter size: 37mm
  • lens is 2-7/16" in diameter, 1-1/8" long (when retracted)
  • weight: 3.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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Features and Specs
General
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Olympus
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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14-42mm
Maximum Aperture
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F3.5
Weight
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3.2 ounces
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 LZ zoom lens (black)
  • LC-37B Front lens cap (installed)
  • LR-2 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

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Features

Micro Four Thirds Mount: The M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 wide angle zoom lens has a Micro Four Thirds mount. It is compatible with the Olympus PEN and OM-D interchangeable lens cameras, and has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-48mm when used with a full frame camera. The lens features all metal construction, and is ideal for shooting high-quality dramatic landscapes and portraits.

Electronic Zoom and Retraction: The 14-42mm lens features an electronic retraction feature that automatically extends and retracts the lens when the camera is powered on/off. The two-step Electronic Zoom mechanism delivers smooth consistent zooming control, especially desirable when shooting movies.

MSC: This high-quality lens has a built-in MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) AF drive for fast, quiet focusing, even while shooting movies.

Lens Specifications: The lens has the following specifications:

  • Focal Length: 14-42mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-48mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F3.5 (at 14mm) - F5.6 (at 42mm)
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Angle of View: 29° to 75°
  • Maximum Image Magnification: 0.23x
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups (including 3 aspherical lenses, 1 ED lens, and 1 S-HR lens)
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 7.87" (at 14mm), 9.8" (at 42mm)
  • Diaphragm: 5 blade circular aperture diaphragm
  • Filter Diameter: 37mm
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.378", Length=1.085" (1.358." w/lens caps)
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
 
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Pancakes anyone?

Written By Jronspies, New Lenox il on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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I use this as my sole lens on an oly omd 10. Collapses quite small, takes fine images. I'm no lens snob, so I can only tell you that it's sharper than the two Nikon DX lenses that I have.
Pros:
Small! Sharp! Fuel efficient!
Cons:
Need lady fingers to remove lens cap, get the auto cover. I don't care for the power zoom, wish I could override it somehow.
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