differences

Reasons to consider the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED

More zoom 3x vs 1x
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3x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly better telephoto 42 mm vs 17 mm
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Around 2.5x more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly more magnification 1:5.3 (0.2) vs 1:9.1 (0.1)
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Take macro shots with subjects more than 70% larger in your photo
Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Learn more about
the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED

Reasons to consider the Olympus 17mm f/2.8

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the 17mm f/2.8 goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Is a prime lens Yes vs No
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Prime lenses have a single focal length, they are typically sharper and have wider apertures
Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest, the 17mm f/2.8 captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Shorter 22 mm vs 61 mm
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2.8x shorter
Smaller diameter 57 mm vs 66 mm
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More than 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly lighter 71 g vs 190 g
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2.7x lighter
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the Olympus 17mm f/2.8

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Length Short Help
14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED61 mm
17mm f/2.822 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED66 mm
17mm f/2.857 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED$209.00
17mm f/2.8$199.99

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Competitors

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ

Macro lens

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Magnification More magnification
Length Slightly longer
Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Wide angle lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Magnification Slightly more magnification
Diameter Larger diameter
Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

Low light lens

$268 - $298

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Zoom range Less zoom

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix G  14mm f/2.5

Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5

Low light lens

$329

Aperture Slightly wider aperture
Olympus Zuiko M. ED 45mm f/1.8

Olympus Zuiko M. ED 45mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$299

Aperture Wider aperture
Diameter Smaller diameter
Length Longer
Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II

Low light lens

$268 - $298

Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Wider aperture

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