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Any reason to keep O 14-42mm II R when I have the O 12-50mm?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by mintchoco, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Title says it all. I got the Oly 14-42mm II R lens as part of a kit, but also have the 12-50mm from my OMD kit. Before I sell the Oly 14-42mm, is there any reason aside from small size and low resale value to consider keeping it?
  2. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Yes, if you have a second body it can live on the second body.
  3. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Or if you need to travel very light.
  4. sge998

    sge998 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Not really unless you like the smaller size and a little brighter at the tele end. For me the quality difference between the two cannot justify keeping the 14-42 II R (plus, it's a focal length repetitive to what you have).
  5. PaulGiz

    PaulGiz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    Rhode Island, USA
    No, you don't need it.

    But, you will get so little reselling it, it may be worthwhile to just keep it. It is a very small, light and sharp lens. It balances better on a PEN body (if you have one of those) than the 12-50.

    There may be a time those features may be useful. If you sell it, the little you'll get for it will be gone before you notice it.

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  6. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Jerry Jackson Jr
    Paul's answer is spot on.

    You just have to decide if you value having the lens or the $30-$70 you'll get selling it.
  7. dave92029

    dave92029 Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    sell the 12-50mm - Keep 14-42mm

    You can sell the 12-50mm and buy a FL600R or something else.

    I have not seen any especially sharp images with the 12-50mm. The 14-42mm is small, and sharp. You can put the MCON macro lens converter on it if you use the macro feature on the 12-50mm.

    I got the 14-42mm with my E-M5 and I'm very pleased, no, I'm very surprised with how well it performs. :2thumbs:
  8. robertro

    robertro Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    The 14-42 is much smaller for convenient travel - I'd hang onto it if you need that.

    With the current generation of Olympus bodies PL5/PM2, it also offers better IQ than high end P&Ss like Sony RX100 and Panasonic LX7, even after their faster lenses are taken into account.
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Kind of a catch 22 - not really worth keeping but not worth much to sell. Not that it's a terrible lens, just that the 12-50 is a bit better range.
  10. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    It really comes down to whether or not you'll use it. I don't think I could envision choosing the 14-42 over the 12-50 very often (if ever). Sure, you're not going to make a bundle from selling the 14-42, but think about how much more utility it will have in the hands of the buyer (who presumably would buy it to use it).

    You might make enough to pick up a flash or the body cap lens or some other piece of gear that you'll use more.
  11. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Unless you have a second body that you loan to friends/family, it probably isn't worth keeping. You might get enough to pick up the body cap lens, if you don't have it. Or a cheap manual legacy lens + adapter.
  12. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    For me, the biggest problem w/ the 14-42 (which I too own) is its least sharp but still good where I'm most likely to use it 35-42mm. I do like it otherwise. Its my go to lens for panorama shots & that's when its is set in the 25-42mm range.
  13. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    According to tests on SLR.com the 14-42mm is sharper than the 12-50 up to 25mm & above that about the same.
  14. mintchoco

    mintchoco Mu-43 Regular

    May 24, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks everyone for chiming in. I ended up selling the lens since I already have primes covering the focal length and can't conceive when I would ever use the lens.

    Now I can decide what to buy with the $!
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