Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Last updated (24 March’12):
- Review by WDC

The Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 features 14-45mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 12 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75-27 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 38 cm and has a filter size of 58mm. The Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens weighs 9.98 ounces and it measures 71.1mm in diameter and 86.6 mm long.

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

Expert Reviews

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 and writes;
“While not offering the highest resolution, Olympus has certainly made an optic that stands out. Offering a long focal length, the lens is sharp enough from centre to corner for most everyday purposes, though there are some corner sharpness issues. Where the lens shines is in its control of distortion and fringing, with low wideangle chromatic aberration readings, but it does lose some points at the telephoto end.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 User Reviews

Pretty nice lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens came as part of the dual lens kit for my Olympus E-500. I love the wide angle shots you can take with it, I can fit people standing just a few feet away from me into the image. I would say that it makes a decent lens for every day photography, especially indoors, but it lacks a decent zoom. The optical zoom on my Sony was better than the maximum zoom on this, so I find myself switching between this and my 40-150mm frequently. The best use for this lens, in my opinion and experience, is for simple indoor photography. If you want a wide angle lens, and can front the cash, go for something like the 11-22mm. If you want a multi-purpose lens, this probably isn’t the best choice. “ – by Michael J. Frattaroli

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Features & Specifications

Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Specifications

The Olympus 14-45 millimeter Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens expands the power of the E-System, the world’s first 100 percent all-digital interchangeable lens SLR system, delivering higher resolutions and superior image quality. Developed specifically for digital capture with smart technology, Zuiko digital specific lenses deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with reduced distortion and shading. The lenses are designed to perfectly match the imager, so light strikes the sensor directly, ensuring rich, accurate colors, sharp contrasts, and bright images even at the edges.

The Zuiko Digital 14-45 millimeter f3.5-5.6 (equivalent to 28-90 millimeters in 35 millimeter photography) has a 3.2x zoom that covers the zoom range most frequently used in everyday photography. Constructed with 12 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 9.98 ounces, it offers users an extremely dynamic, portable everyday-use zoom.

A newly developed “floating” mechanism is incorporated into the focusing system to ensure exceptionally smooth action across the entire focusing range. Close-ups as near as 15 inches/38 centimeters are possible throughout the zoom range. The lens also boasts a new multi-coating process, which minimizes ghosting and flaring as well as a reliable metal lens mount, which is designed for ruggedness that ensures confidence in any situation.

The Zuiko digital specific lenses are based on the FourThirds System, an open standard for digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lens systems that utilize a 4/3-type image sensor. The FourThirds System is designed to achieve an optimal balance between image quality, camera and lens size, and system expandability. The system maximizes the performance of image sensors and lenses with a 100 percent digital-from-the-ground-up design.

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