differences

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

LensHero is not aware of any important advantages of the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED vs the Olympus ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R.
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 ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Smaller diameter 56 mm vs 66 mm
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Around 20% smaller lens at the end
Slightly shorter 48 mm vs 61 mm
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More than 20% shorter
Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Learn more about
the Olympus ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R

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
ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R48 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED66 mm
ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R56 mm
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

competitors

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

Olympus M.Zuiko  25mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$399

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Prime lens Is a prime lens
Zoom range Less zoom
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
Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 O.I.S.

Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 O.I.S.

Portrait lens

Diameter Slightly smaller diameter

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Competitors

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

Wide angle lens

$299

Length Shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Panasonic Lumix G Vario  14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S.

Wide angle lens

$350

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

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