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    Default Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 -Standard Grade

    Focal length 14-45
    angle of view 75 to 27 degrees
    Closet focusing distance: .38
    max Aperture: f3.5 wide-5.6tele
    min Aperture: f22
    filter size: 58mm
    Dimensions: 2.8D x 3.41L
    Weight: 9.98 oz.
    Price:
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    Note: This was a standard kit lens with the E-300 and E-500 this has been replaced with a smaller version, and some would say optically better 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 lens located here.
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    Default Fourthirdsphoto review

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    Post edited by: tspore, at: 2005/10/02 23:41

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    Default User votes:

    In our poll in which 25 people voted, they gave this lens an average of a 3.04 out of 5 points.
    Over all this is a very good lens for its class. I do not know if the 14-54mm is worth an additional $400 to upgrade. It is though 1 stop slower than the 14-54mm, and it is not water proof as the other lens is. This lens is commonly found bundled with cameras. Finally if weight is a consideration of yours then you may want to look at this lens over the 14-54mm. (Personally, I use the 14-54mm lens quite often, and this one stays in the bag.)


    Post edited by: tspore, at: 2005/10/09 02:04

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    Default 14-45 - User Reviews:

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    Default Re:14-45 - User Reviews:

    Pros: Included in kit. Sharp and well built. Comes with lens hood. Light weight. Metal mount. Better than most kit lenses.

    Cons: Slow on the tele end. No focus scale.

    price paid: in Kit

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    Default Re: 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    Pros: Cheap, very good quality lens, given its price. Light, perfect companion to a E-500 as a travel lens.

    Cons: Slow, slight CA when wide open, and some vignetting when wide open @ 14mm (easily fixable with E-500 by enabling 'shading compensation')

    Price paid: Included as a kit lens with E-500

    Other info: I cannot really compare it to other Oly offerings, such as 14-54, but in my previous experience with Canon lenses, I can easily tell that as a entry level lens (or kit lens) it beats any such lens offered by Canon, in overall image quality and quality of manufacturing, and that by a lot...
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    Default Re: 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    Pros: Excellent colour, light, good price, good overall quality.

    Cons: Shading compensation sometimes a big problem... turning the Shading Compensation setting on (on the E1) does not help one bit! The only way i can "remove" it, is with heavy post processing with Photoshop. Generally slow focus, especially in low light.

    price paid: $306 CA (approx. $270 US)

    Other info: N/A
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    Default Re: 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    Pros: lightweight, good colours

    Cons: slow, vignetting, sharpness (nowhere as good as the 40-150), lack of distance scale (infinity difficult to achieve manually), focus distance.

    Price paid: in kit with E-330

    Other: Better than many kit lenses but will buy the 14-54 whenever I can, for better low-light performance, sharpness, focus distance and that little extra reach I'm often craving for.
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    Default Re: 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    Pros:
    Light weight

    Cons:
    Images all seem to be just a bit soft (although can be sharpened in Photoshop). Not at the same level of quality of the other kit lens (40-150) which I think is quite good.

    I wouldn't shell out the money to buy this lens and if I was in the market for a lens I would opt for the 14-54 instead, but its not bad for a kit lens. It's better than the kit lens that coomes with the Rebel, but I wouldn't exactly call that a ringing endorsement.

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    Default Re: 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    pro- image quality, good handling, good focus ring (not small),

    Con - plastic feels cheap. ummm thats about it, a little slow..

    its an inexpensive good lens, mops the floor with my moms canon 17-55mm, so far ahead of the canon kit lens........
    shooting fuji X10 and X-S1 at the moment.

    Soon to have an e-3, e-30, e-620 and e-410 bodies with a bunch of glass. I can't wait to be back with the E-System.

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    Default Re: 14-45 - User Reviews:

    Pros: Light and small. Good picture quality.
    Cons: Zoom creep. noisy focusing.
    price paid: Came with camera
    Other info: Had to send it back 2 time before the zoom creep was rectified.Now no longer in use. replaced with the 14-54.

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    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 -Standard Grade

    Pros: Light weight, great range, and focuses close

    Cons: f/5.6 is slow on the long end, not weather sealed

    price paid: Came with the kit

    Other info: This cam with my 2-lens E-300 kit and I like it a lot. Okay the 14-54, 12-60, and perhaps even the 14-42 will leave it behind, but it fills the bill. I use it equally along with the 40-150 and the 35mm macro. I know lots of folks that upgraded to fast glass and still take so-so photos. Just wish this were a 14-45 f/2.8 constant aperture lens! Oh well at least there's Sigma!

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    Default Re: Zuiko Digital (Olympus) 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 -Standard Grade

    Pros: Cheap. Lightweight. Focusses close at the long end. Decent build.

    Cons: Slow focus. Bigger than 14-42. Slow at long end. Very little dof control. Generally very soft compared to other zuikos, even in the same price range. Lots of CA. I see no reason to get it over the 14-42, and I would prefer that one if I had the financial freedom to get it.

    Price paid: Kit with E-330, total $450.

    Other: Like the 17-45, there's really no point for this lens anymore. Unless you're really strapped for cash and you can find a cheap used one. But you'd be better off with the 14-42, and much better off with the 14-54.

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