Is the 14-42 II worth $50?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by shepx13, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. shepx13

    shepx13 Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 7, 2012
    Tyler, TX
    Ken
    I'm going to jump on one of the deals today for an EPM2. Should I get the kit lens or body only? Lenses I have are in my signature.
    (I usually use my primes, but do occaisionally use my 12-50 with OMD)
     
  2. vtsteevo

    vtsteevo Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 20, 2012
    That is a good deal (average used is 75), but with the 3 that you have (14 2.5, 25 1.4, 45 1.8), I don't know why you would want to use it.
     
  3. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    Ehud
    Save the 50$ you got better lenses in this range including the kit.
     
  4. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    Methinks it's redundant with your 12-50.
     
  5. montaggio

    montaggio Mu-43 Regular

    While it is a bit redundant with the 12-50, its also much more compact. Nice little light travel lens option. That' the only scenario I can think of where it would be handy. If that isn't your thing, I'd probably pass on it.
     
  6. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    David
    I wouldn't bother with it looking at the other lenses you've got. I thought it average at best and sold it on with some difficulty.
     
  7. limpeh09

    limpeh09 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 21, 2012
    Singapore
    I like the 12-50mm when I travel. No need to change lenses. Use the time to enjoy the scenery.
     
  8. shepx13

    shepx13 Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 7, 2012
    Tyler, TX
    Ken
    Thanks for the opinions. I went ahead and ordered the body-only. Can't beat an EPM2 for basically $370 if you wanted a Flashair card anyhow.
     
  9. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Not only is 14-42 II going on sale for $49, the 40-150mm is also going on sale for $99! I normally don't use zoom lenses, but since I might be getting a small PM2 or PL5 as backup/B-cam for my EM5, maybe these are great deals? As in are the prices good enough to justify their IQ/performance?
     
  10. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The 14-42mm II lens is surely worth $50! It is as good as any kit lens I have ever used. The 40-150 is also good. The II lens is a bit better than the original{IQ is the same but mine focuses better}, the II also allows the use of the hood and accessory lenses. It is also smaller in diameter than the early version.

    However if one has the 12-50 then this lens would be redundant. The advantage is that the 14-42 is very small and light{half the size of the 12-50}.
     
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  11. 225redstick

    225redstick New to Mu-43

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    Oct 19, 2012
    Where are these sales for $50 and $100 for 40-150??? Thanks

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  12. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    They're available on Olympus USA site as part of their Black Friday sale, if you buy either a PM2 or PL5 body, not to mention a free 8GB Flash air card.

    Unfortunately, for Canada, the 40-150mm is still $199 :(

    If i were in US, I would get the whole PM2 + 14-42 + 40-150 for $599 this weekend, but in Canada here, this combo would cost $749, even after Black Friday :(
     
  13. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Just a thought, what would be a fair price to sell the 14-42mm for if I sell it brand new, given it costs only $49 more as part of a kit during this Black Friday weekend?
     
  14. 225redstick

    225redstick New to Mu-43

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    Oct 19, 2012
    Thanks...its the newer 14-42 II R (black)? I'll give you 75 bucks for it :). Thanks

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  15. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  16. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I don't think much of the 14-42 II lens. My E-P3 came with it: when I first started using it, and I had no other Micro Four Thirds lenses, I was very disappointed with the quality of the images that I was getting, even compared to my previous camera, a much smaller sensored Canon G10.

    Only when I started using adapted manual lenses did I realise that the problem might be the lens - I then went and bought the 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens, and when I found that the quality of image that I was able to get from that was much better than I had seen from the 14-42mm did I begin to take the camera seriously.

    I took the 14-42mm on holiday to Wales recently along with the rest of my lenses, and used it in a number of situations where I thought that having a zoom was helpful. I ended up being disappointed with most of the photographs taken with it: not only does it lack sharpness rather badly, it also lacks contrast: the only acceptable images that I was able to get out of it were ones taken in very contrasty lighting.

    I am now planning to get rid of the lens from my bag entirely and replace it with the Samyang 7.5mm lens, which is about the same size. My bag is very small, so I have to remove a lens to fit another one in.
     
  17. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I've had two copies and both were perfectly unimpeachable, if unremarkable lenses. I certainly would not blame this lens for bad photos. It is certainly nicer than the kit zooms I have seen for other brands.
     
  18. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Hmm - take this picture as an example:

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    At the Aberglaslyn Falls by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    If you look at the full resolution version, you'll see that the leaves on the trees a the top left are almost impressionistic at 100%.
     
  19. robrobin

    robrobin New to Mu-43

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    Nov 20, 2012
    Where is the 14-42 on sale for $49?
     
  20. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    David
    James - your thoughts and results echo mine - this lens lets the camera down.

    m43man - I sold mine on here for £90 all in about nine months ago.