Olympus 14-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 ED M.Zuiko Digital was announced last year (2009) in November as an all-in-one ”vacation lens” for the PEN digital cameras. It is designed specifically for the micro-four-thirds camera format and delivers an effective field of view of 28-300mm on such cameras.
This versatile lens offers high-power 10.7x zoom. It is a perfect companion for those who want to shoot wide-scenes, portraits and subjects at a distance without carrying around several lenses.
The lens is optimized for movie shooting with low focusing noise. It is said to be extremely fast high-speed contrast AF. It also features 0.50m / 1.64 ft. closest focusing distance and 0.24x / 1:4.2 magnification ratio.
The 14-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 ED models’ optical construction combines 15 elements in 11 groups. There’re 2 aspherical and 2 ED (Extra Dispersion) glass elements among them to minimize various types of aberrations. All lens elements are also multi-coated to resist ghost and flare.
The lens uses internal focusing method, so it is convenient to use various filters with it. It takes 58mm filters and is also compatible with the LH-61C Lens Hood available separately. The lens measures only 83mm in length and sells at around $700.
This is a very good lens, not the sharpest but certainly very good for a superzoom. It shows some high chromatic aberration at certain focal lengths, but for the wide range of focal lengths the lens offers, it’s probably a small price to pay.
Olympus 14-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 ED M.Zuiko Digital – Specifications:
- Image Circle: Micro Four-Thirds
- Focal Length: 14 - 150mm
- Focal Length 35mm Equivalent: 28 - 300mm
- Maximum Aperture: ƒ/4 - 5.6
- Minimum Aperture: ƒ/22
- Diaphragm Blades: 7 (Circular Aperture)
- Lens Construction:
- 15 Elements in 11 Groups
- 2 aspherical and 2 ED elements
- Diagonal Angle of View: 75 to 8.2 degrees
- Internal Focus; AF/MF
- Rotary Zoom System
- Closest Focus: 0.50m / 1.64 ft.
- Magnification Ratio: 0.24x / 1:4.2 (0.48x / 1:2.1 35mm eq.)
- Filter Size: 58mm
- Length x Diameter: 83mm x 63.5mm / 3.27 in. x 2.5 in.
- Weight: 290g / 10.2 oz
- Optional LH-61C Lens Hood Available
- Price Tag: US$600