Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R

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  • m4/3 lens format 
  • 8 elements in 7 groups; 3 aspherical elements
  • 29 to 75 degree angle of view
  • apertures from f/3.5 to f/22 at 14mm, 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • no image stabilization
  • 10" (0.25m) minimum focus at 14mm (12" at 42mm), autofocus, manual focus, internal focus, MSC; 1:5 maximum magnification
  • 37mm filter size, no hood included; supports add-on auxilliary lenses (fisheye, macro)
  • 2.2" x 1.9" (56.5 x 50mm) long and diameter, retracted
  • 3.9 ounces (112g)
  • available in black
  • US$300 suggested retail price

Note: This is the third variation of this lens. The second version added the ability to attach auxilliary lenses, this third version adds a faster focus motor and slightly different coating.


Thom's Mini Review: Surprisingly good for a low-cost kit lens. Collapses down to fairly small size for the focal range. Optically very good, and a good match for most users. Focus is reasonably fast and precise. Panasonic body users should note that this lens does not have optical stabilization. Fair build quality. Does not come with hood (I found a screw-in metal hood that works perfectly at B&H, but there's no cap for the lens/hood combo, so you have to unscrew the hood to put the cap back on). Note: this lens has been produced in three different models already. The II version differs from the original in supporting add-on wide-angle, macro, and telephoto adapters via a new bayonet system at the front ring. The II R model differs in that it has a slightly different lens coating and a faster motor to support the newer focus system. Recommended


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