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Olympus 261001-14-54 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko ED Digital SLR Lens for E1, E300 and E500 Cameras
|Price:||$369.00 + $5.29 shipping|
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- Specially treated to shed water droplets, and engineered to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use
- Designed to capitalize on the design advantages of the OLYMPUS Four Thirds System
- Large f/2.8 - 3.5 aperture, with minimum weight and bulk
- 14-54mm range -- equivalent to 28 - 108mm in conventional 35mm photography
- For use with the OLYMPUS E-1 and other Four Thirds Series Digital SLR Cameras, as specified
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|Included Components||Zuiko Digital 14-54mm Zoom Lens, Lens Hood|
|Item Dimensions||5.1 x 5.2 x 6.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.96 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||54 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.59 pounds|
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Image Quality and Performance
I found hardly any difference in image quality (color balance, contrast, sharpness, CA, etc.) between the two lenses at the same aperture, focal length, and ISO settings. At identical settings, images using the 14-54mm might have been marginally sharper, but not enough to notice except in big-time crops. However, the lens was 2-3 times faster; i.e. at the same ISO and aperture, a shot taken at 1/30 of a second with the 14-42mm lens could be taken at 1/80 using the 14-54mm. Likewise, at the same shutter speed and aperture, an ISO 400 shot could be taken at ISO 200. A lower ISO and/or a higher shutter speed CAN increase image quality, since there's less sensor noise & less chance for camera shake, respectively. With the differing settings needed for decent exposures in low-light conditions, images and crops using the 14-54mm lens were distinctly better. Also better bokeh.
I found focusing speed and accuracy about same between the two lenses for both far-away and close-up exposures except in low-light conditions, where the 14-54mm had a definite advantage. For far-away photos, the 14-54mm has about 20% greater maximum telephoto reach, roughly 2.1X versus 1.7X.Read more ›
Flaws: cyan fringing (chromatic aberations) on the wide end, particularly on the edges and wide open. Vignetting on the long end. Target-shaped bokeh, especially visible when shooting macro. That's about it. Oh yes, very resistent to flare, the coating is excellent.
After knowing you are going to take a picture, you narrow down to 2 questions as to which one.
1 - you don't know much except you have a picture to take - use the 14-54
2 - you know it's going to be about 50mm and you want maximum detail or have poor lighting, or have a macro shot - then pick the 50 mm prime lens
3 - it's a long distance shot - take the 50-200, add the teleconverter if needed.
And for flash - long distances get the FL-50 - shorter get the ring or twin flash to even the lighting out. Forgot your flash? pop up the built in one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This 4/3 lens needed an adapter which adds a bit more bulk to an already large lens but I really like how much better it works in low light situations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Cyphert
The 14-54 is hands down, the best bang for your buck in a short barreled zoom. It's a mid range lens that I constantly hear, I can't afford a professional lens like that.Published 11 months ago by S. Peden
This will ALWAYS be a fantastic lens! Even by today's standards, this is a fantastic lens that few zoom lenses can compete with. Color, contrast and sharpness are simply awesome. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Osirus
I have not perfected how to properly use this lens. I am a novice in digital photography. I am still experimenting on how to use it effectively.Published 22 months ago by Julia A.
the quality of this is just amazing, its not so fast as it doesnt have constant aperture, but the fact that it is weather proof and the optics quality it gives its just a winner.Published on March 6, 2013 by Bernardo Delgado
I sent this one back because I found another one cheaper elsewhere, but just to continue the review:
Olympus is noted for its good lenses, and this one is no exception. Read more
This lens was received from The Camera Shop of Lansing in "New In Box" condition, including all factory paperwork. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have purchased this lens used two months ago from an Amazon Market Place seller for use on Olympus E-3. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by NBRAJU
This is a great lens period. I bought it for my E-520 here in Afghanistan. The depth of field is awesome. Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by M. W. Caudle Sr.