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Is the 14-45mm worth buying still?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by KVG, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I have a chance to pick a 14-45mm up for $150 is it worth it? I had the 14-42mm and thought it was good, but hated the 14-140mm. If I buy and dislike it will I be able to recoup my money?

  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I think that's around the going rate... it's a little less than what I paid for mine used.

    Just a thought, but if you're using a Panasonic body it may be worth having for the OIS if nothing else. I already had a 14-42 M.Zuiko and picked up the Panasonic 14-45 for the sake of the OIS (and also because the 14-45 seems to have surprisingly good optical performance from what I've seen). So far my only gripe is the zoom is very 'gritty' feeling and not as smooth as my other zoom lenses.
  3. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    JMTC... I think it's the sharpest kit zoom or any zoom for :43: ever produced.. and many will agree.. BUY IT.. :smile:
  4. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yeah, it's good lens and that's a very good price. You'll have no problem reselling if you don't like it. But I doubt you will find a better performing equivalent lens.
  5. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Heck yes! THe 14-45 is an unsung HERO in the m4/3 world. I'll never let mine go.

    A few from the last couple of weeks...

    Echo Lake, Montana
    E-M5    ---    30mm    f/5.3    1/500s    ISO 200

    Echo Lake, Montana
    E-M5    ---    14mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    ISO 200

    Yellowstone River, Livingston, Montana
    E-PL3    ---    14mm    f/5.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    View to Buffalo, Wyoming area from the east
    E-PL3    ---    45mm    f/11.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    And others
    DMC-GF1    ---    14mm    f/5.6    1/320s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF1    ---    14mm    f/3.5    1/15s    ISO 400

    Many great examples can be found in the 14-45 Lens thread.
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  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    It's definitely worth $150. I paid $200 about a half a year ago. The prices have dropped but it's worth every penny I paid.

  7. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Sound like I should buy it then.
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    That's a very good price on what I consider the best of the kit lenses.
  9. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Surprisingly good magnification.

    Probably the best kit lens ever made in digital photography.

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  10. moccaman

    moccaman Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Trying to convince a friend to grab one while he can and offload the 14-42, I used the 14-45 a lot on the last few trips.

    Surprised you hated the 14-140 though, I grabbed one on the special deal and its a pretty fine lens, only downside would be the weight.
  11. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
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  12. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I found the 14-140 wasn't very sharp, plus its only useable in daylight, IMO.

    typed on my phone, sorry.
  13. I find the 14-140 to be sharp enough but less so around the edges at the widest focal length. I think it does something similar at telephoto but I rarely use it beyond 100mm. I believe that edge sharpness is where the 14-45 should have an advantage.

    Based on their maximum apertures over their overlapping focal lengths, the 14-45mm will be just as much of a daylight lens as the 14-140mm. I think it's maximum advantage will be about 1/3 stop.
  14. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I was too late, maybe next time.

    typed on my phone, sorry.
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