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Spike
25th February 2017, 08:40 AM
Hi

I am thinking of getting the em10-mkii but I am confused by the choice of kit lenses.

There seems to be:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Silver + 14-42mm + 40-150mm Lenses

and

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Black + 14-42mm EZ + 40-150mm R Lens

So what is the difference apart from the price? What does the EZ and R mean on the second one. Looking on the list available from the manufacturer I can not see that there are two kinds for each size of lens

And I would guess, which is the best?

Thanks

IainMacD
25th February 2017, 09:25 AM
The EZ is the really small 'pancake' lens that makes the camera & lens more or less pocketable (in a coat pocket). The other 14-42 lens is small but not as small.
You can also zoom the EZ using the buttons on the back of the camera.

Zuiko
25th February 2017, 09:38 AM
Hi

I am thinking of getting the em10-mkii but I am confused by the choice of kit lenses.

There seems to be:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Silver + 14-42mm + 40-150mm Lenses

and

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Black + 14-42mm EZ + 40-150mm R Lens

So what is the difference apart from the price? What does the EZ and R mean on the second one. Looking on the list available from the manufacturer I can not see that there are two kinds for each size of lens

And I would guess, which is the best?

Thanks

Hi Spike,

The EZ version of the 14-42mm has electronic zooming which is particularly beneficial when shooting video and also it is a smaller, more compact pancake design than the cheaper non-EZ version. Optical performance is unlikely to be much different between the two versions.

I'm unsure of the significance of the R version of the 40-150mm. Some reports say it is cosmetic only, some say it provides faster focussing. The consensus seems to be that optical performance is identical. I have the R version and still marvel at how well it performs given the remarkably low price.

I don't think you will be disappointed with any of the lens choices.

IainMacD
25th February 2017, 10:31 AM
It is also worth mentioning that the zoom on the EZ can be controlled remotely using OIS on your smartphone or tablet.

Graham_of_Rainham
25th February 2017, 11:27 AM
Hello "Spike". Welcome to the Forum.

*chr

PeterBirder
25th February 2017, 11:46 AM
Hi

I am thinking of getting the em10-mkii but I am confused by the choice of kit lenses.

There seems to be:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Silver + 14-42mm + 40-150mm Lenses

and

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Compact System Camera in Black + 14-42mm EZ + 40-150mm R Lens

So what is the difference apart from the price? What does the EZ and R mean on the second one. Looking on the list available from the manufacturer I can not see that there are two kinds for each size of lens

And I would guess, which is the best?

Thanks

Hi Spike and a warm welcome to the group.

The deciding factor between the 14-42 and 14-42 EZ is probably whether you need/would benefit from the compactness of the EZ.I have EZ and keep it permanently on my E-M10 MKII in the camera bag instead of a body cap giving a "ready to go" camera for subjects of opportunity. The lens "telescopes" down to a very slim profile when the camera is switched off and extends for use as soon as the camera is switched on. The optical quality, like all Olympus "kit lenses" is excellent for the price.

A very useful resource for comparing products in the Micro Four Thirds standard is the official Four Thirds Organisation web site http://www.four-thirds.org/en/index.html
As well as giving detailed information on all cameras and lenses there is a very useful "Matching Simulation" which enables you to see what any combination of camera and lens actually looks like. There is also a lot of information about the standard in general and how it evolved.

Regards *chr

Spike
25th February 2017, 01:31 PM
Hey, that's amazing. All these answers in just a few hours.Thanks to you all.
It's all clear to me now, and the four-thirds.org website is brill too.
Looks like I will be a proud owner soon

PeterBirder
25th February 2017, 04:26 PM
Hi Spike.

Glad we've persuaded you to become an Olympus shooter.:)

To see what the E-M10 MKII/14-42 EZ combination will do see this thread of mine from last year. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41785

All the shots were taken with this combo as raw files and developed to JPEGs in DxO OpticsPro software but the quality of Olympus JPEGs out of camera is very good and you will get very similar results straight out of the camera.

Regards.*chr

alfbranch
25th February 2017, 06:41 PM
Here is a shot of my E-M5II with my 14-42 EZ attached

https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1531/24894909465_cab1d1e223_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DVSVfZ)XZ1 & 5 comparison_ (https://flic.kr/p/DVSVfZ) by Alf Branch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

drmarkf
25th February 2017, 07:41 PM
Olympus 'kit' lenses have been praised in independent reviews for years, and generally are recognized to be sharper and lower in distortion than the kit equivalents from Nikon, Canon and Sony. Fuji and Panasonic are probably as good as Oly.

I had a 40-150 f3.5-5.6 pre-R kit lens for years, and it was excellent as a travel zoom, plastic mount and all! In fact, I won an anonymously assessed club PDI competition with an image taken with it on an E-M1 at full aperture and 150mm.