Do not underestimate the E-PL1 kit lens. You have been warned.

vietcam

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Hi guys, when I first got the E-PL1, I used the panasonic 14-45mm extensively instead of the kit lens. Last month I was forced to sell my pan 14-45 mm to save up for the new olympus 14-150 mm. I have no choice but to go back to the E-PL1 lens kit. Well, I do have the panasonic 20mm too but sometime I do need a zoom. Anyway, after a month of using the kit lens, I found that it is an excellent lens to my standard. I was surprised by the images that came out of the lens. Now that I got used to the collapsing mechanism, I actually like it's size and weight more compare to my old panasonic 14-45 mm. Here are a few examples of the kit lens. You be the judge. Thanks for looking guys. Welcome any C&C.

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I am now in love with the olympus famous Jpeg colors.
 

Pap

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well I must say...

Gorgeous images! I have been confused by some of the negative comments on this lens. Looks great!
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dcisive

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I couldn't agree more

I continually see this lens dissed all over other forums, but mine sure delivered for me on my last trip to the Northwest in May. It stayed on the PL1 a lot more than my other 3 lenses did.

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Mosca

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I agree; it is a fine lens, a great balance between quality and portability, just like the body it is attached to. Biggest strength, color fidelity; biggest weakness, perspective distortion (in the first picture, notice how the line on the right doesn't just lean in, but also bends slightly). For anything that you don't need f/2.8, remember that there is a 17mm prime "embedded" in that zoom! This is the lens that I plan on leaving on the body when we go to Disney World next week. I was going to leave the 17mm on, but as I got used to the 14-42 I've decided to take it, too (as well as the Panny 20mm f/1.7 for night work).

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vietcam

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Thanks for the comments everyone. One thing that I really want for my EPL1 is the VF-2. I am waiting for some more reviews about the 14-150mm so I can decide. I can only afford either the lens or the VF2 but not both for now. Happy shooting everyone.
 

Boyzo

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Nice shots Vietcam...
Despite having some fancy glass I have a soft spot for the 14-42
Never feel lacking when using it .. your shots look GREAT.
 
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