Olympus's M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 for Micro Four Thirds uses a complex optical formula, with 15 elements in 11 groups including 3 aspheric elements (one of which is made from ED glass) to correct aberrations. But unlike other superzoom lenses it's fairly lightweight, tipping the scales at less than 10 ounces. This makes it the smallest lens in in its class, and one that offers respectable image quality too. It's a fine general purpose and travel lens, although Panasonic camera owners should take note of the lack of optical image stabilization.
Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens (Micro Four Thirds Mount)
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“ In combination with a Pen-series camera it makes a highly flexible general-purpose package with image quality to match an SLR but without the associated bulk.”
- 14-150mm focal length
- 28-300mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- F4-5.6 maximum aperture; F22-22 minimum
- 58mm filters
- 0.50m/19.69" minimum focus
- Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
The lens is a fun edition to a micro four thirds kit allowing the zoom range of a small bridge camera with even a smaller size and weight. I love the lens and use it for landscape, wildlife, and travel photography. The images are stunning. Barrel distortion is well controlled as is chromatic aboration. Images are sharp in the center but a little soft at the edges. The zoom is a bit stiff. This lens is a good choice and a great value. Well done Olympus. Problems: None to date.
Using it more than a year, I like it for outdoors and travellings, for indors it it not hte best. AF is quick enough for most situations. Construction is fine. It is a "all in one" lens so size is big, like most of them. I recommend it. Problems: Get some dust inside in one year (like many lens of its kind).
Good Travel Zoom
I used it for my last travel in the UK, and i have to admit it works pretty well for All but low light shooting situations. Pro: Fast AF (used it on my EP-1) Good Range Quick to use (no need for a first extending, like the 14-42) Cons: Size (Not really pocketable) Not for Low light shooting! (used the 17 2.8 for that) With that Lens i never missed a Shot, so it gets 4 stars for this! (instead of 3,5)
Light, flexible, surprisingly good optical quality
This lens compares favourably with a Nikon 18-200 I have owned and is MUCH better than the Canon 18-200. Light, flexible, focus speed good enough for me, really good balance on my E-M5. Super M4/3 lens.
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