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14-42 PZ discontinued?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by thomastaesu, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. thomastaesu

    thomastaesu Mu-43 Regular

    169
    Nov 16, 2012
    ATL, GA
    Thomas
    The black one is discontinued on B&H site. Hope Panasonic is developing bug-free version.
     
  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    What sorts of "bugs" does this lens have?
     
  3. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    I've not used my copy much, but so far it has been okay. I'm using it for 'compact camera' travel duties when I want to take less.
     
  4. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    I think they might just give up on the power zooms for now. 45-175 is being cleared out as well. It seems like Panasonic hopes of being able to charge more for them did not pan out so they just made the regular 14-42 and 45-150 look fancy and discontinued the power zooms.
     
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    It's not wholly the fault of the lens, but shutter-induced blur at 25+mm is my major complaint.
     
  6. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Cloudy sky

    I couldn't find a dedicated 14-42 PZ image thread. If there isn't one, maybe it's because of all the 'issues' and bad press? I've hardly used my copy, but exercised it a little today. This was not the main subject, but while I was out and the clouds were up, why not? :smile:

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  7. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Veteran

    356
    Nov 18, 2011
    The problems showed up between 1/60 and 1/160 shutter speeds, IIRC. A few threads about the issue, maybe a year ago?
     
  8. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yep, understood.

    I was just looking for a dedicated image thread to share a snapshot.
     
  9. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    Well, I thought the 14-42, 14-42PZ & the 14-45 were all going to be dicontinued and to be replaced by the 14-42 MkII. Last week i went into my local Panasonic store and they had the GF6 with the 14-42MkII. I was told they will take stock of the G6 later on in the week. I went in there this weekend, they had the G6 but with the standard 14-42 :confused:.
     
  10. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    Maybe clearing stock of the old lens.?
     
  11. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Exactly. The 14-45 and 45-200 for example haven't been manufactured for quite a while. There's simply an enormous amount of unsold stock to work through. Of course, once it's gone, it's gone...
     
  12. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    I can understand clearing old stock, but why have the new MkII version on the GF6 which is the new base model and have the old version on the G6?
    I suppose only someone in Panasonic can answer that one.
     
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I imagine the thinking is along the lines of 'the G6 is a much larger camera, so customers won't mind it being bundled with a larger lens.'
     
  14. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    Yep, you're probably right, though I was a bit dissapointed when I saw the old lens on the G6. I was thing of getting it at the end of the year and was hoping they would of done a twin lens kit with the 14-42 MkII & the 45-150, like they are doing with the GF6.
     
  15. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
  16. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
  17. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    May 16, 2013
    B&H has a habit of marking items as "discontinued" if they've been out of stock for a while (something like 30 days), regardless of whether or not they've been end-of-lifed by the manufacturer.
     
  18. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

    429
    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    aw man I was thinking about picking one up to replace my non PZ, but after reading about all the problems it has I'm gonna avoid it.