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March 5, 2007

Dedicated “Designed-for-Digital” achieves
Lightweight, Ultra-Compact Standard Zoom Power

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” Lens

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” mounted on Olympus “E-410” digital SLR Body

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6”

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” mounted on Olympus “E-410” digital SLR Body

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce the introduction of the “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” lens, a new “Designed-for-Digital” standard zoom lens for “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. The new lens is scheduled to go on sale in Japan at the end of April, 2007.

“ZUIKO DIGITAL” interchangeable lenses are specifically designed to maximize the performance potential of the image sensors in “Four-Thirds System” digital SLR cameras. Newly announced “ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5–5.6” lens is a lightweight, ultra-compact standard zoom lens that offers outstanding value.

“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5–5.6” is the lightest (190g) and smallest lens in its class*, and boasts the closest focusing distance (0.25m). Its zooming range frequently used in normal shooting is equivalent to 28–84mm on a 35mm camera, and its “Four-Thirds System” design assures outstanding portability that makes interchangeable lens photography easier.

As an interchangeable standard zoom lens on digital specific design (as of 5th March, 2007; Olympus research)

Launch Information

Product Name Launch Date
“ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6” End of April, 2007

Main Features

  1. Lightweight, ultra-compact design
    The new standard lens has a compact design that perfectly complements the compact, lightweight camera body. The lens weighs a mere 190 grams, reducing the photographer’s burden when shooting in the field and improving mobility. The versatile 3x standard zoom lens covers a focus range equivalent to 28-84 mm on a 35 mm film camera, the range typically used in most photographic situations.
  2. Excellent close-focusing capability
    The internal focusing system does not vary the overall length during focusing. Quasi-macro photographing with the closest focusing distance of 25 centimeters is available across the entire zoom range.
  3. Superior imaging characteristics
    ED and HR (high refractive index) glass elements are combined to correct the chromatic aberration as well as field curvature and variation distortion due to zooming. Two double-face aspherical lenses provide a correction effect that maintains sharp, high-contrast imaging performance from edge to edge in any shooting situation. Other advanced technologies to support high image quality include multi-coating to minimize ghost and flares under backlight shooting and a circular aperture diaphragm that can achieve a natural looking soft blur effect.
  4. Excellent operability
    The filter mount is not rotary to prevent rotation of the PL filter during focusing. This ensures photographs can be taken even in situations that might normally require a PL filter.


Focal Length 14-42mm (35mm Equivalent: 28-84mm)
Lens Construction 10 Elements in 8 Groups, including 1 ED Lens and 2 aspherical lenses
Focusing System Internal Focusing System
Angle of View 75-29 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance 0.25m
Maximum Image Magnification 0.19x (35mm Equivalent: 0.38x)
Minimum Field Size 91 x68 mm
Number of Blades 7 (Circular aperture diaphragm)
Aperture Maximum F3.5(14mm) - F5.6(42mm)
Minimum F22
Filter Size Ø58 mm
Dimension Diameter Ø65.5 mm
Total Length 61.0 mm
Weight 190g

Can be used with Tele Converter "EC-14" and Extension Tube "EX-25"

Lens Hood "LH-61C", Lens Cap "LC-58C"

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