Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with FourThirds max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with MFT
What type of photography is the Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
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Reasons to Buy Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Power Zoom
| Minimum focus distance of 0.25m / 9.8 inch
| Light weight at only 91g / 3.2 oz
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| Hood is not supplied
| Lens Extends while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ is compatible with cameras that have a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds lenses are Panasonic G9 II, OM System OM-5 and Panasonic GH6.
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Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ has a maximum diameter of 61mm and total length of 23mm when not extended. It weighs 91g / 3.2 oz.
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ has a filter thread of 37mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ:
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ has a focal range of 14-42mm and 3.0X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-84mm when used on a FourThirds format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Panasonic Leica 12-35mm F2.8 in Micro Four Thirds mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
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Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ has a Power Zoom feature which consists of a rocker switch and a internal zoom motor where you can change the focal length of the lens by pushing this switch. This method of zoom is smoother and generates less shake than zooming in and out using your hand, especially beneficial while recording video.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.23x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type MFT mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 14mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f22 at 42mm .
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ's optical formula consists of 8 elements in 7 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- 3 Aspherical elements
- 1 ED glass element
- 1 S-HR glass element
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ doesn't come with a lens hood.
Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ is available in Black and silver color.
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