14-42 vs 14-150

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by demiro, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Wondering is some of you who own or have used both can compare and contrast them within the 14-42 range?

    I have the 14-42 and the 20/1.7. I had planned to keep the 14-42, but it just doesn't give me enough range to justify mounting it instead of the 20 in most cases. If the 14-150 doesn't bring an IQ tradeoff it would make a lot more sense for me for when I need the reach.

    Thanks.
     
  2. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 28, 2010
    I haven't used the 14-42, but purchased the 14-150mm up front with my E-PL1. It's a decent lens from my limited experience, and the zoom range is very useful. There is an image thread here if you want to see some examples.

    The reviews suggest that the 14-150mm is a little soft at the wide end compared to the 14-42, but is as good or better up to about 100mm, then falls away a little going out to 150mm. It's also supposed to be better for video (autofocus is faster and smoother). I read a comparison suggesting it was as good or better than any other similar super-zoom lens (i.e including canon, nikon, tamron etc), except perhaps the Panasonic 14-140mm.

    I also have the 20mm Panasonic, and like you, it stays on the camera most of the time. Great for capturing a moment around the house.
     
  3. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    I'll share some opinions in a few days - I have a 14-150 (and 9-18) on the way :smile:. With such a large zoom range, I expect quality at both ends to be compromised with the 14-150. I really hope that the quality is there - it has great promise to be an ideal daytime walk-around.
     
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Having had (and still have) both, my opinion is that the 14-150 is as good as the 14-42 (if not a bit better), and is certainly far more versatile. Partly, this is because the Oly kit itself is compromised to be collapsible (I'd bet the Panny kits would outperform the 14-150)/

    The 14-150 is also quicker to focus than the 14-42. I am sure there are better lenses than the 14-150 (perhaps the new 50-150), but the kit 14-42 is not one of those better lenses. If you have the money, and you don't mind the bigger lens (still tiny for it's zoom range) then the 14-150 is an upgrade over the kit.
     
  5. pictor

    pictor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2010
    I don't own both zooms, but only the 14-150mm. It is weakest at 14mm, where the corners are soft (the center is sharp). However, the image quality is improved much by zooming only a little bit. It is very sharp between 25mm and 45mm, which surprised me, since I did not expect such a performance from a super zoom. It gets softer then, but it still performs well (especially by stopping down one step). Mine had a pronounced decentering at the long end, but the service was able to correct this at the second try.

    Well, for wide angle I own the 9-18mm, which is excellent. Most of the time I use the 14-150mm in the range in which it performs very well. I am glad, that I have more reach than the standard kit offers. All Olympus lenses I own have pronounced chromatic aberrations, which can be corrected easily, but since Lightroom does not offer automatic correction for these lenses, this is one more step in post processing to be considered, if you shoot raw.
     
  6. Chuckr53

    Chuckr53 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 15, 2010
    Estero, FL
    Comparison

    I found it impossible to use a circular polarizer filter on the 14-42 due to the design of the lens. When I shoot outdoors, a CP virtually "lives" on my 14-150 until dusk.
     
  7. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    I take it the autofocus works well enough with a CP on there - even at the long end ? It's not exactly a fast lens to begin with.
     
  8. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Just for clarity, everyone is talking about the Oly 14-42mm, not the Panny 14-42mm, right? I know that the 14-150mm is an Oly lens (the Panny equivalent being 14-140mm), but the OP referenced both brands by including the 20mm.
     
  9. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    x2 :2thumbs:

    Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
     
  10. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Darn it - good point. Yes, I was talking Oly 14-42 kit lens.

    Thanks.
     
  11. Chuckr53

    Chuckr53 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 15, 2010
    Estero, FL
    The AF works well enough until the light starts dimming, and I use AF+MF anyway. BTW, What did people do before AF?

    Like WT21 stated earlier, the 14-150 is a far more versatile lens than the 14-42. For me, it's perfect for travel.
     
  12. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    That's great - I should have mine delivered by the time I get home today.

    Twiddled the focus ring! :smile: