I think the Zuiko 14-42 'kit lens' is a winner. Why is it popular sport on many of the photo sites to bash the kit lenses from almost every manufacturer? Sure, the kit lense will not satisfy the pro but if it satisfies the amatuer/enthusiast (as in good quality and doesn't cost an arm and a leg) why always denegrate it? I take pictures for me. If someone would like to start a fund that I might tap into for future pro-lens acquistions, I won't complain. Until then, kit lenses are OK and the 14-42 is at the high end of 'kit' as far as I'm concerned.Give us your impressions .
Yes, it is an extra step, but the portability of it is one of the reasons I picked the EP1 over the GF1. If I had IS with this lens on the GF1, that may have swayed me more to the GF1. I also like the macro capability of this lens.Contary to tests like on DPR, I found the Oly kit lens as good as my Panny 14-45 even in the corners after extensive testing. Makes you wonder. If a thousand people go spreading around that the kit lens is rubbish based on DPR's findings and they happen to test a "not so optical perfect" copy of this lens.......then it makes for a lot of misinformation being spread about the place.
So optically I have no problems with this lens. It is a pretty sharp lens. The real advantage (which can be also be it's achilles heel) is the lens size. The pain is the having to flick that switch to contract the lens when finished and pulling out the lens to begin with. This is an "extra step" for before and after use.....which takes a while to get used to. But the reward of doing so is the size. Not even my old E410 + kit lens would fit into a loose coat pocket. This combo does and that's the real pleasure.:smile: