E-PL1 for legacy lenses

Clat

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I am purchasing an E-PL1 so that I will have digital platform upon which to mount my legacy lenses. I am undecided between buying just a body and buying a kit with the 14-42 lens. The incremental cost is about $100. Is it worth it? I have seen mixed reviews on the Oly 14-42 MkI lens relative to build quality and I am beginning to think I should buy just the body and pickup a better lens later. Thoughts?

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icase81

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The kit lens is actually very nice once you update the firmware to the 1.1 version. The 1.0 had very serious autofocus issues.
 
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I wouldn't want to not have at least one AF lens. Legacy lenses are great to play with but sometimes I'd prefer to let the camera do a bit more work.
 

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If you're shooting primarily with manual focus lenses and want an AF lens in your pocket "just in case", then the 14-42mm would fit the bill. It's a pretty good lens; maybe not as good as the Panasonic 14-45mm.
 

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The 14-42 is not a bad lens at all. The build quality is what it is...it's a plastic lens with a plastic mount. When you upgrade the firmware the focus speed is nice and quick (well...a lot quicker than it was before).

Go look at the 14-42 image samples. I think you'll be surprised at what the lens is capable of. FWIW I sold off my 14-42 when I bought my EPL-1. I too wanted the EPL-1 for legacy lenses and it works great for that. BUT...I found there where times when I wanted the AF or the zoom or whatever. I ended up buying a second 14-42 to replace the one I sold off. It would have been cheaper to just keep the original one.
 

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