Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ Review

March 27, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

Sharpness at 42mm

For these tests, the Olympus 12-42mm f3.5-6.3 lens was attached to an Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. The self-timer was used to avoid any vibrations from pressing the shutter release. Slight tonal changes are due to slight changes in natural light during the session.

The full frameThe full frame at 42mm

Both centre and sharpness aren't great wide open at f/5.6, requiring you to stop down to f/8 to get satisfactory results. Diffraction kicks in at f/16 and f/22.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
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