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12-60 v 14-140

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by justa1972, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. justa1972

    justa1972 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 29, 2013

    I've decided my next camera will be the G80 - but with which lens ?

    The 12-60 is the kit lens but LCE also do a kit with the 14-140 - which is the better lens ?

    I would miss the 12mm if I went 14-140 but I could always later buy a 12mm prime or even the 12-32...

    If I go for the 12-60 I would then have to buy a 45-150 or similar...

    The price difference is £250 more for the 14-140...

    Thanks again
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
  2. Mattyh

    Mattyh Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 14, 2013
    Stoke on Trent
    I had the same dilemma but having owned the older version of the 14-140mm and never being totally happy with it and owning the 12-32mm and liking the 12mm focal length I went for the 12-60mm and I'm more then happy with this lens, in fact it's a lens I now use 90% of the time.
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  3. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    I ordered the 14-140mm II and love it. Great colour rendition and really nice IQ. Indeed this lens is the only one I take travelling except for the Oly12mm.
    Would not be without it as its so versatile.
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  4. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    I bought the 14-140mm mk.II. It has replaced my 2 kit lenses, the 12-32 and 35-100, both nice lenses, but I was forever changing them over. Missing 12mm? Do a Panoramic shot, or buy the 7-14mm like I did. You will never stop buying lenses, so dont worry. I have the 100-300, not long enough. The Olympus 60mm, great Macro, can be used as a 60mm, bit tight but not a long lens. Tried a PL15, fast, crisp, had to have one, now thinking of a 42.5mm for theatres, shows and concerts in low light.
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  5. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    An example of the IQ and colour that the 14-140mm vII renders with an EP5

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  6. scotttnz

    scotttnz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I picked up a 14-140 this week as a travel lens for a couple of trips I have coming up. I'll take the G85, 7-14, 14-140, and 20mm. Should cover 95% of situations while minimising lens changes, size, and weight. Initial impressions are positive, but if I didn't have the 7-14 I would probably favour something that went to 12mm.

    So my advice is to have a think about what other plans you have for the camera and system. If you like wider angles, do you plan to get an ultra wide in the future?
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  7. If you don't really plan on other specialised lenses other than a telephoto, I'd just go for the 14-140 Mk2 - the 12-60 f/3.5-5.6 doesn't have much going for it other than weather resistance and 12mm.
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  8. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 21, 2017
    Mike Wingate
    You have covered yourself with the 7-14mm. You can still take panoramic shots.
  9. Egregius V

    Egregius V Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Massachusetts, USA
    Rev. Gregory Vozzo
    I just bought an unused 12-60 f/3.5-5.6 taken from a kit. I think it has a lot going for it, if you can find a good copy at a good price. Yes, the new 14-140 mark II is only slightly bigger and is also splash/dust-resistant. At full retail price, it's the better buy. However, my 12-60 cost about a third as much, handles great, and is sharp in its entire range (sharpest at 12mm) with noticeably better corner-to-corner resolution than the 14-140 or 14-150 lenses. Zoomed in past 40mm, my copy exhibits some mild left-side decentering, which was noticed in some reviews and isn't as bad as my 14-150 II. Unfortunately, it also front-focuses quite severely in that 40-60mm range. :eek-31: Manually-focused, it's awesome. I'll be returning it and trying again.

    EDIT: second copy is fine. Lens OIS by itself is wonky, but Dual IS works great.
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