Any reason (besides weight/size) to keep both the 14-42 II R and the 12-50

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by gengo, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. gengo

    gengo Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    May 12, 2014
    So I have the E-M10 body and the following lenses:

    P14 2.5
    O12-50
    O14-42 II R
    O40-150 R

    I know that the 14-42 is smaller and I would assume lighter than the 12-50 - but I'm not using M43 because it is lighter than a FF/APS-C DSLR, it's because I'm new to the whole ILC concept.

    So in the absence of the weight/size issue, is there a reason I should have both lenses?

    The reason I would sell the 14-42 (I know, I'd be lucky to get $50 for it) is to free up room / get rid of a redundancy. This would allow me to get an O45.

    Standard (for now) disclaimer: as I mentioned, I'm new to this. So I don't know what my "style" is, or whatever. I like taking landscape/nature/travel mainly, but I'm looking to move into astrophotography, portrait, and macro eventually.
     
  2. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    916
    Sep 30, 2013
    No, there is very little reason to own two standard kit zoom lenses like the 14-42 and the 12-50. Pick the one you like better and stick with that.

    The 12-50 has a wider range, better macro capability and weather sealing (which doesn't count for much on your EM10 but will if you get a weather sealed body in the future), so it makes sense to go with the 12-50, unless you like the output of the 14-42 better.
     
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  3. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    316
    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Actually the output of the 14-42 II is much better in my opinion. Plus size and weight make it a no brainer on the EM10.
     
  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    If your EM-10 and 14-42 came as a kit I might hang on to it for resale value. It won't be a big difference but expands those that might consider it. It's a nice starter kit.. And since they don't go for that much only you can determine if it makes a difference to you wallet.

    But with the lenses you have I would sell the 14-42 before the 12-50 if I needed cash.
    • 12 vs 14 is not much but is some
    • the macro is nice
    • the overlap from 12-50 / 40-150 means swapping a little less
    • and you have small with the 14
     
  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I'm not particularly happy with the 12-50 IQ wise. I'm only keeping it at this point because of 12mm end and the weather sealing. I'm debating, though, on getting the O12/2.

    I'm not sure about the 14-42, never used it.
     
  6. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    801
    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    You might want to check--B&H gave me 85 bucks for my Oly kit zoom for some reason . . .
     
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  7. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    362
    Dec 15, 2009
    I had the 12-50 and still have the 14-42IIR (though I don't use it much since getting the 14-42EZ Pancake) and while I did like the zoom range of the 12-50, I think that the shorter zoom ranges of the various 14-42 lenses make them a bit sharper. And while I do prefer the smaller lenses (hence getting the EZ Pancake while I already had the 14-42IIR), I did enjoy using the 12-50 on some vacations. But if I wanted a lens that size on my EM10, I would probably go for the 12-40 instead - obviously heavier but not much larger.
     
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