Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

Last updated (12 April’11):
– Review by SLRGear

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 features 14-150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 15 Elements in 11 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.5m and has a filter size of 58mm. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens weighs 280g and it measures 63.5mm in diameter and 83mm long.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“Generally, sharp images with this lens are best achieved with the lens in the middle of the zoom range (~50mm). Stopping down to ƒ/8 provides optimal sharpness.. The E-P1 corrects distortion in-camera, so it’s no surprise that there is very little distortion evident in our test images. There is a fraction of pincushion distortion at 14mm, but otherwise, it’s essentially zero. The Olympus 14-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 M.Zuiko autofocuses quickly, going from closest focus to infinity in less than one second. It is virtually silent in its operation, as there is (according to the Olympus press release) only one lens element which moves to focus.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 and writes;
“Optically, the lens isn’t a top performer, but it’s perfectly acceptable and actually better than we expected from a 10.7x zoom. At most focal lengths, you can safely use it wide open or stopped down by one f-stop (two if you want good edge sharpness at 14mm). Chromatic aberrations can be a bit of an issue at longer focal lengths, but they can usually be dealt with in post processing. Distortions are automatically corrected on both Olympus and Panasonic bodies. Close-up performance is better than you would think based on the published minimum focus distance figure of 50cm – in fact this lens almost doubles as a telemacro; something the Micro Four Thirds system currently lacks.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 User Reviews

Good Image Quality, but.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is a fine addition for anyone with one of the new Olympus four thirds cameras, i.e. the EP-1 or EP-2. It’s about half the size and weight of a comparable SLR lens and the image quality is excellent. My only gripe is that its maximum aperture is only 4.0. Seems to me that Olympus could have engineered a one half stop or full stop faster lens…” – by Miguel

A good enough lens for the M4/3 system, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Image quality: very good. As with all of the Olympus lens thus far (in the micro 4/3 line), this lens gives clear, sharp, nicely rendered color images etc… I won’t and can’t go into a technical analysis of the lens, but in general, when viewing the images taken with the camera, most will be very happy with the results.” – by Harry M. Shin

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Sample Photos

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Features & Specifications

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Specifications

The M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 (35mm equivalent 28-300mm) lens is designed to maximize the performance advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System, and it’s significantly lighter and more compact–easily fitting in a jacket pocket.

The new lenses, made with ED (extra-low dispersion) glass for superior image quality, complement the design of the PEN® cameras, including the powerfully simple E-PL1, also announced today, making it the all-in-one package for consumers with any skill level, including those who are new to photography.

The Micro Four Thirds System standard meets the telecentric requirements of dedicated digital design. Light rays strike the imaging element nearly head-on for optimum edge-to-edge image reproduction. It also enables much more compact design than the Four Thirds System standard (or other interchangeable lens systems) because it reduces the outer diameter of the lens mount by 6mm, and the distance from the lens mount to the sensor (the flange back distance) by approximately half. As a result, M. Zuiko Digital Micro Four Thirds System lenses offer uncompromising professional quality for capturing both still-images and High-Definition (HD) videos, and the lenses are exceptionally compact to make capturing your life more fun.

The high-power wide-angle to telephoto M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 zoom lens is 65 percent smaller and 70 percent lighter than the comparable 10x ZUIKO Digital ED 18-180mm F3.5-6.3, making it ideal for everything from portraits and indoor scenes to sports and landscape photography.

By maximizing the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System design, compact size, low weight and amazing image quality, the new lens significantly expand the photographic potential of the system. The inner focusing mechanism uses a light, compact, single-element unit to enable exceptionally fast, quiet autofocusing for smooth, superior operating ease during still and video capture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel and precise operation, enabling you an affordable, high-quality means to capture your life in stills or HD videos.

The 14-150mm lens also offers quieter and more responsive AF performance, and provide professional image quality for capturing amazing still images and videos. It is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds System Olympus PEN cameras, and all other current and future cameras that comply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. When mounted on an Olympus PEN camera, the lens is stabilized thanks to the camera’s in-body Image Stabilization system and offer effective shake compensation at all focal lengths.

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