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G5 kit with rough zoom

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by BillW, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. BillW

    BillW Mu-43 Regular

    106
    Oct 22, 2012
    Scranton, PA
    I received my G5 kit just yesterday with the 14-42 zoom lens.

    So far, I'm fairly satisfied with the camera, but the lens is not smooth when it comes to zooming.

    Is this the nature of this lens? A bad version? Something that will smooth out with use? Or just a cheap lens that I'm expecting too much of?
     
  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    I got this lens two weeks ago and it is not as smooth as the P14-45 and P45-200 other zooms I own. Probably we have our lenses from the same batch.:smile:
     
  3. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    Having owned several copies of the 14-42mm kit (assuming you're not talking about the power-zoom version) I can also confirm that the zoom has a rougher feel to it - I'm guessing it is an almost entirely plastic build (after all it was made with no better reason than to be cheaper than the original 14-45mm), where metal parts would have the more characteristic smooth zoom motion.
     
  4. xxjorelxx

    xxjorelxx Mu-43 Veteran

    263
    Dec 11, 2012
    MD, USA
    JohnRae
  5. calieng

    calieng Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Dec 20, 2011
    Not just the build quality but the image quality is poor compared to almost ever other m4/3 lens.
     
  6. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    For the price the IQ is decent and for most people it is sufficient.
    It is not a bad lens and can produce good quality pictures with sharp center.

    Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens Review
     
  7. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

    227
    Jun 13, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Tuan Huynh
    I had one and it was a bit rough to zoom as well. I observed the same behavior on the much more expensive 12-35mm F/2.8 as well, which is why I picked up a 14-42 power-zoom instead for video use mostly.
     
  8. calieng

    calieng Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Dec 20, 2011

    My copy is very bad and not even close to the 14-42PZ or the 12-50mm Olympus IQ. Poor contrast and not even close to being sharp. But for the $499 I paid for the G5 kit I am not complaining - just saying I would not ever use that lens.
     
  9. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

    193
    Nov 9, 2012
  10. dnightingale

    dnightingale Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Oct 12, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Darren
    The Panny 14-42 is 'rough as guts'. The only lens worse that I've had is the original Oly 14-42. I sold mine and picked up the earlier 14-45. Better IQ and much smoother.
     
  11. Sportshoes

    Sportshoes New to Mu-43

    3
    Jan 28, 2013
    My lens is quite stiff but has become smoother as I used it. My first impression when unboxed it, was that it felt cheap compared to the camera. Not surprising that this lens is bundled with this package. I got a great price for the camera/lens kit so I'm not complaining. I'm sure i'll upgrade it at some point.
     
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