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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

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4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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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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It’s specially treated to shed water droplets, and engineered to withstand the rigorous demands of professional use. It’s designed to capitalize on the design advantages of the OLYMPUS Four Thirds System. It has large f/2.8 - 3.5 aperture, with minimum weight and bulk with 4-54mm range -- equivalent to 28 - 108mm in conventional 35mm photography.

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5.2 x 5.1 inches ; 15.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0000ET9DG
  • Item model number: 261001-14-54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 10, 2003

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I have an Olympus E-520 bought together with the two kit lenses -- 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6. After using them for a while, I decided I wanted a faster base zoom lens for low-light, non-flash conditions. I chose the Olympus Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 lens. When it arrived last week, I spent a day taking comparison shots with the 14-42mm kit lens. The camera was used in Aperture-Priority mode to allow comparable settings. Image stabilization was always on. Following are my results.

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.
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I bought this lens for my Olympus E500 and sold the kit lens on Ebay. So far I have not regrets. Like many of you who are reading these reviews, I wondered how much difference this lens would make over the 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I can tell you from my experience that the extra stop helps alot for those photos taken inside with less then optimal light (such as the lighting in your average household). I also noticed an improvement in photos I have taken on a dark overcast winter day in downtown Boston. Not that these photos are not possible with the kit lens, the 14-54mm lens just seems to requires less effort. Bright, sunny situations have not made that much of a difference but just about anything looks good on a bright sunny day. Also, you can focus within inches of a subject which is great for the occasional macro photo. The focal distance indicator on the lens barrel has come in handy a couple of times. Especially in darker situations where the autofocus might have trouble and no flash is allowed.
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I've been using it on my E1 for a while, and it proved to be an excellent lens. Sure, my Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 (Leica Vario-Elmar) beats it in bokeh and image beauty, and any 50m Planar will beat it in absolute sharpness, but this one has almost the bokeh of a Minolta, and almost the sharpness of a prime; it's reasonably fast for a zoom and has the best range of focal lengths one can reasonably hope for (28-108mm equivalent). It's good for everything, although not absolutely perfect for any particular thing. That makes it the standard zoom of choice.

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.
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You can not evaluate the lens by just the numbers - yes, it is nearly identical to the factory lens, but it is a much faster lens and made in Japan, not China. Additionally it has a unique focus system that requires very little lens movement to go from 3 feet to infinity - this translates into RAPID focus - faster than the factory lens as well. It also features the mounting lugs and 62mm (as opposed to 58) filter threads to accept the ring flash as well as the twin flash accessories, so if you have expanded beyond the FL-50 - you DON'T want the factory lens any more. Taken together, this is the lens 70-80% of my shooting was done with. I am sold on the E300 and bought 3 backs cheap after they were obsoleted - I also bought 3 lenses, the 14-54, the 50mm macro, and the 50-200mm - each lens is on its own back eliminating the risk of contamination completely while giving me redundancy when I am away.

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.

Simple!

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!
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