are these 2 compact zoom lenses manual or electronic zoom?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by kaitanium, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. kaitanium

    kaitanium Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 23, 2012
    Looking for a very compact zoom lens for travel use (too bad these arent set at f2.8! that would be lovely if someone made one like that) and was wondering if these two lenses have manual zoom? I rather have manual over electronic and looking to replace the kit oly 12-50.

    panasonic 12-32mm F3.5-5.6
    http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/standard.html#i_012-032mm_f035-056_panasonic

    olympus 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
    http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/standard.html#i_012-032mm_f035-056_panasonic

    if you own one of these and have opinions, i would love to hear them also.
     
  2. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2010
    13-32 is a manual zoom but has no focus ring, I like it a lot, no idea about the Olympus.
     
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    It's got a physically coupled zoom ring so it's manual, yes.

    EZ stands for electronic zoom.
     
  4. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2014
    France
    Some Oly Electronic Zoom have double controls as the 12-50.
    The 14-42 EZ is only electronic.
     
  5. kaitanium

    kaitanium Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 23, 2012
    whoops looks like i double linked the panny.

    but looks like in a compact zoom, the panny is my only option if i want manual
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Yes. The next best is the Panasonic 14-42 II, which is considerably thicker, although if you extend the 12-32 into shooting position, they look like they're roughly the same size.
     
  7. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    I just bought the 14-42 EZ and auto lens cap for my E-P5. I realize that electronic zooming isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a small price to pay for the lens to be, well, small. While I'd like the 12mm on the Panasonic, I like more the 42mm vs 32mm of the Oly. To me, smaller overall size and wider range won out.