Have pana sorted out their X lenses?

a_hit_of_meth

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Quick question, a few years ago there seemed to be issues with fuzzy images particularly from the 14-42 X lenses (between 1/60 to 1/250, if i remember correctly) when they came out, which is why i've been avoiding them for the past year or so.

I haven't really been into my photography the past year and haven't kept up with the m4/3 news lately so I'd like to know if the issues have been sorted or if they still exist with the X lenses or if there is a particular batch from a certain year I should avoid. I'm looking to get something in the next day or so and I need to know if this will be an option. Quick searches I've done haven't got be the answers I need so any input would be appreciated.
 

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There was a shutter shock issue on the GX1 (it was bundled as a kit), but as far as I know that was the only camera it had issues with, and it may have been fixed in a firmware update. And just an FYI, there are other "X" lenses (12-35, 35-100), so folks usually refer to that one as the PZ (power zoom? pancake zoom?)
 

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what your describing sounds like shutter shock, which is more to do with the body. Newer olympus bodies had developed a work around for shutter shock. Panasonic bodies could work around it by using an electronic shutter, but there can be compromises with moving subjects.
 

a_hit_of_meth

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Thanks. Most of my searches still seem to result in older posts from around 2012 or early 2013, not much from recently. I do remember at the time most of them were issues with the lens paired with the GX1 but not limited to it, although it seemed the effect was less on certain other bodies. I guess for now it's something I would probably steer clear of, especially with the nicer and newer version of the regular 14-42 zoom.
 

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The 14-42 PZ issue certainly wasn't just on a GX-1 - I saw the same (and returned the lens because of it) on a different camera. Unfortunately I don't recall which camera - probably a GH2 or G5.
 

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From: http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/pz14-42/index.htm
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Just use it on another body besides a GX1. If you enable anti-shock on the Olympus bodies or use the electronic shutter on (later) Panasonic bodies you'll be fine.
 

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