With the world’s first* retractable mechanism design, this standard 3X zoom lens is extremely compact with an overall length of just 43.5mm. Covering wide-angle to a moderate telephoto suitable to portrait shooting, this lens is suitable for a wide range of applications, including day-to-day shooting and traveling. With a digital-dedicated design as well as multi-coating on all lens surfaces, this Micro Four Thirds lens boasts very high imaging performance.
* Among interchangeable lens type digital cameras.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED is relatively good match for the E-P1 but don’t expect a stellar lens. The delivered resolution is pretty decent across the range although it lacks greatness towards the borders and at the long end of the zoom range. A strength of the lens is the lack of vignetting. The M.Zuiko suffers from a moderate degree of lateral CAs which doesn’t seem to be corrected for whatever reason. When analyzing uncorrected RAW files the distortions are quite extreme at 14mm but mainstream users will only experience moderate distortions in their (corrected) images here.
The lens construction is a bit debatable. It’s a retractable lens, or in other words – you need to set into its working mode prior of being able to take images with it. Size-wise this is an advantage when packing the lens into your back but the handling isn’t really perfect. A bit more problematic is the build quality of the lens – the inner lens tube is very shaky and only a shadow of the quality that we’re used to from Olympus DSLR lenses (classic 4/3 system). All-in-all a lens which has been primarily optimized for compactness and a low price tag.