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Anyone using the Panny Leica 14-50 on an E-M1?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by FlyPenFly, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Curious what you guys think of it and if it's worthy agains the Oly 12-40mm. I'm curious if it has that same PL 25mm F1.4 rendering style.
     
  2. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    I guess no one is using this combo?
     
  3. The lens yes, but not on an E-M1.
     
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    I certainly don't have the 14-50/2.8-3.5, but lenstip has a pretty thorough review, and it seems to be slightly better than the Olympus 14-54/2.8-3.5, but not as good as the 12-60/2.8-4.0. I do have experience with the 14-54/2.8-3.5, and it's definitely not as good a lens as the 12-40/2.8, and I expect the same will hold true for the 14-50/2.8-3.5.

    The main drawbacks of the 14-50/2.8-3.5 so far as I can see are:
    1) Size. It's as big as the 12-60/2.8-4.0, which has a better range and is itself not particularly small.
    2) Construction. The lens is well built, but it has a known flaw that can result in a screw coming out and jamming the zoom mechanism. I believe you should be able to fix it yourself, but it's a serious concern.
    3) Cost. It costs roughly double what the Olympus 14-54/2.8-3.5 does today.

    All that said, there are people who got terrific results from it on 4/3 and absolutely swear by it, so I'd look for samples and decide for yourself if it's worth the weight and cost.
     
  5. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    I used the 14-54 II a lot on my em5. Great lens but I didn't like the sterile rendering style.

    I guess what I want to hear is that the 14-50 might have the same rounded warm sharpness of the PL25 but in a zoom. Quite a lot of glass on this thing.
     
  6. I don't really know if I could equate it to the PL25. It certainly gives nice clarity and definition when stopped down a bit...

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    OEM5-P9200487-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 Brisbane Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



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    OEM5-PB230691-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 Brisbane Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



    ...and this is how it looks at wider apertures and longer focal lengths

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    OEM5-P9200508-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 Brisbane Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



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    OEM5-P9200479-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 Brisbane Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr



    Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 O.I.S. - a set on Flickr
     
  7. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Pretty nice, thanks