Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Review

11/11/2015 - 00:50
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED




Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED is a kit lens for Olympus Digital cameras. It was announced in 2006, along with Olympus E-400. Olympus Digital cameras often manned by two lenses: Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1: 3,5-5,6 ED and Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1: 4-5,6 ED.

This set is called Double Kit. They are like two partners, they can cut off almost the entire focal length range. By the way, in spite of the different focal length range on the short end, it's have practically the same dimensions. Letters ED in the title indicates that the optical system uses low-dispersion glass elements. Its help to achieve the best image quality. This lens uses one ED element.

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Specs

Focal length: 14-42mm

Max. aperture: f/3.5-5.6

Weight (gr): 190

Length (mm): 61

Filter Ø (mm.): 58

Aperture blades: 7 rounded Min. Focus distance (m.): 0,25  

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Handling and Mechanics

The lens has a standard size for the kit lens, on the Olympus E-510 looks harmonious.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6

The lens have plastic barrel, including the bayonet

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6

View on the camera Olympus E-510

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6

As expected all autofocus zooms, most of the barrel takes the zoom ring. It somewhere rotated by 45 degrees, while the front part extends for 3 cm.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6

The lens has an internal focus, which means that it does not change its size when focusing on how to infinity, and in MFD.

Also, closer to the front element it has a manual focus ring, a width of 1 cm.

When focusing and zooming, the front lens does not rotate. Interestingly, the manual focus ring rotates in a circle, without the stop. This is unusual. The conclusion is that the manual focus is made longer for show than for actual use.

 
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Example Photos

Examples are taken with cameras Olympus E-400 and Olympus E-510. Almost all is s camera JPG without post-processing, resize only.

 
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Sharpness

At wide open lens has a normal sharpness.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 тест резкости

42mm F/6.3 1/400 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 тест резкости

Crop 100% of the previous image

Of course, when you close the aperture the sharpness gets better.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

34mm F/13 1/800 ISO 800

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/6.3 1/400 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

29mm F/9.0 1/80 ISO 100

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Character and Bokeh

MDF is 0.25 m, which allows you to take good closeups. By the way on MFD saw good bokeh.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

42mm F/7.1 1/200 ISO 800 MFD

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/3.5 1/160 ISO 100

View of the widest angle

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

42mm F/5.6 1/125 ISO 400

View of the narrow-angle (the largest focal length)

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

18mm F/3.9 1/40 ISO 125

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/6.3 1/125 ISO 100

All the same, this lens is more suited to landscapes and panoramas than for portraits. Although in close quarters without such a focal nowhere.

The effective focal length of the lens on a sensor with a crop factor of 2 is equivalent to 28-84 mm on a full frame.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/6.3 1/400 ISO 100

The width of the angle is impressive, even sprinkled with a factor of 2, 14 mm it is wide.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

24mm F/6.3 1/320 ISO 100

The lens has a normal performance but without raisins. On the 3/4" sensor size is difficult to achieve good bokeh.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/6.3 1/250 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Contrast and Color Reproduction

Color reproduction is good too.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/7.1 1/160 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/9 1/250 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

42mm F/6.3 1/80 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

24mm F/6.3 1/320 ISO 100

In general, the lens is not afraid backlight, but sometimes you can catch a flare.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

25mm F/5.6 1/80 ISO 100

Flare example

More backlit examples.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

14mm F/6.3 1/320 ISO 100

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

35mm F/6.3 1/125 ISO 100

 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED Distortion

Take a look at the curvature of the house, this distortion is the norm for this class of lenses.

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3,5-5,6 примеры

18mm F/6.3 1/250 ISO 100

Also, when taking pictures of people near as wide angle and at the long end there barrel distortion.

Summary
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3,5-5,6 ED is a good kit lens for Olympus Digital cameras. It is recommended to use in tandem with Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:4-5,6 ED.





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