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14-42 II or 12-50?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Exposed, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Exposed

    Exposed Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    Central Washington State
    Randy dawson
    Right now I am using the epl-2 and the 14-14 II kit lens but am thinking of getting the 12-50 for more on the wide/long end.

    Will this be a good move, bad move or just even?

  2. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The quality will be about even.

    The 12-50 is noticeably wider and a bit longer.

    The 12-50 is also weather resistant (which doesn't matter when your epl2 is not sealed). Focusing speed is about the same, with the 12-50 being a bit quicker. The 12-50 has a great macro mode and seems pretty strong at macro lengths.
  3. BigMike

    BigMike Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Sounds like a bad move, if the quality is about even. The 12-50 costs quite a bit more than the 14-42 and is wider and bigger. If you don't need the the weather seal, can't see sufficient upside to justify it...
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Get the Zuiko 14-54mm II (f/2.8-3.5) instead.
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Only if AF speed, cost, weight and the wide end are not a concern.

  6. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I don't know what other lenses you have but you might be better served by adding lenses. The 40-150 is comparable in quality to the kit zoom, the Samyang 7.5 fisheye is much wider and the 60mm is longer plus it has macro. It all comes down to price and what you want to use it for. If you prefer a single zoom lens, the 14-150 may be a better choice.
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  7. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    I have both, and I'd have to say the 14-42 AND a 40-150 combo is a better purchase than the 12-50. Not saying I don't like the 12-50, but if I had to choose...
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  8. Exposed

    Exposed Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    Central Washington State
    Randy dawson
    I tend to use the wide end more than the long end, that is why I am thinking the 12mm over the 14mm. If the cost on the 12mm prime comes down some, I may just go for that. I have thought about the 40-150 or 14-150 but not sure I would enjoy them. I like the small body/lens combo.

    I have heard great things about the Panny 14-42.

    Thank you for the thoughts,

  9. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    If you're thinking about a Panny kit zoom, the original 14-45 is better. It's still available brand-new but isn't packaged with new cameras any longer.
  10. robrobin

    robrobin New to Mu-43

    Nov 20, 2012
    I started using the 12-50 for watch review videos....the macro function works great and give you a lot of working distance to the subject.
  11. 2mnycars

    2mnycars Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2012

    Appreciate your comments.

    Frustrated with a NEX5, With the Sony "logic", I loved the OMD At first glance in the store. Bought it with the 12-50,because it is weather sealed. Added anOly grip It is not so small anymore.
    Defying logic, I brought a cyberMonday 40-150 home today. Just followed me home!

    It is so tiny! Memories of an 80-200/2.8 make me sore today!

    While I find the Oly menus challenging, so far I am having fun.
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