Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II Review

November 4, 2015 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

Sharpness at 14mm

For these tests, the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens was attached to an Olympus E-M5 II body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. The self-timer was activated. The 100% crops represent about 1/400th of the total frame area.

The full frameThe full frame at 14mm

At the wide end of the zoom range, the image centre is very sharp already at f/4, and stopping down brings only a minimal improvement in lens contrast. Diffraction creeps in at f11 and becomes noticeable at f16. The f22 setting is best avoided.

The corners are a different story. They are pretty soft wide open and never really sharpen up, although stopping down to f/5.6-f/8 does bring appreciable improvements. The effects of diffraction once again become evident at f16, and f22 is clearly worse than the f/4 setting.  Given that depth of field is already vast at f/5.6, we see little reason to use f/22 at this zoom setting anyway (if you need to use a slow shutter speed in broad daylight, it is probably a better idea to shoot at f/8 and use a good quality neutral density filter).

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg