DPReview.com has a couple of posts that examine the capabilities of two Olympus lenses â€“ the ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens and the more expensive ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD lens.
Reviewer Andy Westlake notes that the 14-42mm kit lens â€œis one of the best standard zooms currently available, and the ideal complement to Olympus’s compact DSLRs such as the E420,â€ even if it falls short in its depth of field control as a result of its miniaturization.
The other lens is an upmarket accessory worthy of its high price. â€œIndeed the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD is quite simply a superb lens, which can lay claim to being one of the very best standard zooms currently available. This is a design which would have been almost unimaginable even five years ago; a 5x wideangle to telephoto zoom which, though the use of some exotic optics, manages to perform almost flawlessly across its entire range, and throws in some impressive macro performance too,â€ writes Andy.