My 14-42mm X--Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by cambevis, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. cambevis

    cambevis New to Mu-43

    Jan 22, 2012
    I have to admit. I look at some of the samples of this problem; and sometimes I can't see what people are noticing. While I don't wear glasses, maybe I should :).

    So, I know it's lame but could I beg the indulgence of the group to look at my test shots? I've taken a variety from 1/30-1/250.

    I didn't want to spam with a bunch of pictures, so I put them on Google Photos.

    Click on options>show details (on the bottom) and you can see the focal length/exposure values.

    Photo methods:
    All 42mm
    Various Exposures
    Shutter Priority Mode
    IS on ('cause that's how I use it)
    Handheld (ditto :))
    Crop Value: I don't know, but in the originals you can see both
    sides of street, so cropped a lot I'd say.
    Distance: ~25 ft
    Camera: GF3 1.1 firmware on both camera and lens.
    lens serial no. HH1JC011466

    Thanks so much in advance.

  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    Ashland, OR USA
    Real Name:
    I'm sorry to say that your lens is as bad as mine, Cam. The only shot among those that is sharp is the one at 1/400 sec. The 1/320 sec. and 1/250 sec shots are a little better than the 1/160 sec. But all of the 1/160 sec. and slower shots are soft, some of them egregiously so.


  3. dre_tech

    dre_tech Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2012
    Most are soft, do keep in mind that you'll get some diffraction as you go over f10, however I see the f20 shot is not that bad.

    The 1/200 f10 (10th) is ok, 1/400 f7.1 is good, 1/320 - you cropped less, so it looks better ;), 1/160 (15th, 16th) slightly better than others, but not sharp.

    Have you tried another focal length, like 20-25mm? The lens is softest at the long end.
  4. Mookalafalas

    Mookalafalas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Tainan, Taiwan
    Real Name:
    I just joined this web site yesterday, after someone pointed me towards it after warning me about the problems with this lens. I haven't used it much, but mostly have had successful results. This is at 1/25 of a second, and at the long end (36mm). I can't complain about this sharpness at all!!
    Napping Parrot by Mookalafalas, on Flickr
  5. cambevis

    cambevis New to Mu-43

    Jan 22, 2012
    So...what do we do now?

    I'm disappointed that Panasonic let so many of these go out. I'm unfortunately past a 30-day return window.

    Has anyone had luck with Panasonic support for returns and the like?