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Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
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Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

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The Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 is the lightest (6.7 oz.) and smallest lens in its class*, and boasts the closest focusing distance (9.84 inches). Its zoom range, frequently used in everyday shooting, is equivalent to 28-84mm on a 35mm camera, and its Four-Thirds System design assures outstanding portability that makes interchangeable lens photography easier. Zuiko Digital interchangeable lenses are specifically designed to maximize the performance potential of the image sensors in Four-Thirds System digital SLR cameras. The ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens is a lightweight, ultra-compact standard zoom lens that offers outstanding value.

* Interchangeable standard zoom lenses of digital-specific design (as of March 5, 2007, by Olympus study)

Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens Key Features

Box Contents:
  • ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens
  • Lens Hood LH-61C
  • Lens Cap LC-58C
  • Lens Rear Cap LR-1
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
Lightweight and Ultra-Compact 3x Wide Angle Standard Zoom Lens
The Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F4.0-5.6 standard lens has a compact design that perfectly complements the compact, lightweight camera body. The lens weighs a mere 6.7 ounces, reducing the photographer's burden when shooting in the field and improving mobility. This versatile 3x standard zoom lens covers a focus range equivalent to 28-84 mm on a 35mm film camera, a range typically used in most photographic situations.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) and HR (High Refractive Index) Lens Elements
ED and HR glass elements are combined to correct the chromatic aberration as well as field curvature and variation distortion due to zooming. Two double-faced aspherical lenses provide a correction effect that maintains sharp, high-contrast imaging performance from edge to edge in any shooting situation.
Excellent Close-Focusing Capability
An inner focusing system assures that lens length remains constant, and provides close focusing from 9.84 inches at any focal length.
Circular Iris
The use of a circular iris allows the ED 14-42mm F4.0-5.6 to achieve smooth, soft, background defocusing.
Multi-Coated Lens
The Zuiko ED 14-42mm lens boasts a multi-coating process which minimizes ghosting and flaring.
Non-Rotating Lens Mount
A non-rotating mount ensures that filters do not rotate when the lens is focused, making it much easier to shoot when using polarizing filters.
Digital Specific Lens™
Zuiko Digital lenses are designed to focus light straight into an imager's pixel wells, to fill every pixel consistently. It's optical technology that delivers an image filled from center to edge with rich, accurate color, high contrast and subtle gradation. Designed exclusively for digital photography, Zuiko Digital lenses provide a level of precision that's simply unattainable from a digital body using a traditional 35mm film lens.

The Olympus FourThirds Standard uses lenses which are just as powerful as the lenses previously developed for 35mm film camera systems despite being about half the size. Thus the focal length of the 40-150mm in the FourThirds Standard gives the same angle of view as an 80-300mm lens for a 35mm film camera. It is important to know that this is not a 2x "crop factor" -- Olympus E-System lenses are designed for this size format and have a much higher resolution than lenses designed generally for 35mm film cameras. The benefit: superb image quality but less weight to carry.

Zuiko lenses feature a near telecentric design that ensures that the light hits the photodiodes at right angles, thus avoiding the problem of blurring at the edges of the image, or corner shading, which often occurs when using lenses originally designed for 35mm film cameras. Combined with the high resolution of Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses, this lens design exploits the full potential of the digital camera image sensors. The result is clear photos with strong colors and sharp contrasts right to the edges of the image.

Smart System
Zuiko Digital lenses communicate image information directly to the Olympus E-System Digital SLR for a level of exposure accuracy that's beyond the capabilities of a passive lens.

Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens Specifications

Focal Length
14-42mm (28mm-84mm 35mm equivalent)
Lens Construction
10 Elements in 8 Groups, including 1 ED Lens Element and 2 Aspherical Lens Elements
Focusing Mechanism
Internal focusing system
Angle of View
75° to 29°
Closest Focusing Distance
9.84" (25cm)
Maximum Image Magnification
0.19x (35mm Equivalent: 0.38x)
Maximum Aperture
f3.5 Wide - f5.6 Telephoto
Minimum Aperture
Number of Blades
Filter Size
Dimensions, Diameter x Length
2.58" x 2.40" (65.5 mm x 61.0 mm)
6.7 oz. (190 g)
TeleConverter EC-14 - Yes
Extension Tube EX-25 - Yes

Olympus ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

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