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Not sure why I keep the kit zoom.. why do you?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by vinay, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. vinay

    vinay Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2012
    With fast primes that cover the range, I'm not so sure why I keep the Oly 14-42..

    If you already have a set of primes, when do you use your kit zoom?
  2. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I don't like the 14-42. It's light (weakly constructed?), locks in and out (I hate the extra operations to put it away), and it isn't particularly fast (although the IBIS can easily compensate for this - except for bokeh). I've got one, but I seriously doubt its value.
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  3. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    I prefer my primes, but don't like changing lenses in the field, so my 14-42R gets used, especially when I'm not sure what I'll be shooting.

    Sent from my phone. Please pardon my brevity!
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  4. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I like zooms. I'm just waiting for Olympus to make a good one.

    Also, it's weather sealed.
  5. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I don't have a kit zoom anymore (the 12-35mm replaced my 14-45) but that's why I kept mine before that. For travel use particularly, primes are very inconvenient; I'm not usually going on photo trips so my shots are taken in between my wife waiting for me, tour stops, or roadside pull-offs. Not changing lenses to cover a range of focal lengths is a huge boon. All this is even more the case with something like the 14-140mm - which I'm only grudgingly giving up now that I have the 12-35 / 35-100 pairing to replace it.
  6. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    ^^ agreed. I have the 14-150. I cant imagine being without it. Thanks to the OMDs IBIS and good high ISO performance, slow zooms are not as distasteful as they seem
  7. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    I can live with a slow zoom when I'm traveling and the twin kits lenses will do that job but the 14-150 is even more convenient.
  8. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Primes are in the OM-D kit. The 14-42mm is regulated to the EPL-1 kit along with the 40-150. Kept in a small bag with a VF2, extra cards and batteries as a backup system. Considering the current value of EPL-1 and 14-42mm, it's "cheaper to keep 'er". :biggrin:


  9. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    I've never used kit zooms but really enjoy the usability of the 12-35mm. For me aperture is/has always been the concern with the kit lenses, so I opted to buy cameras in body only fashion. Of course having the 12-35 is a joy because I don't sacrifice much besides OOF rendering, in which some cases it can still pull off with pleasing results. I'm hoping to go the same route as Jay and have a 12-35/35-100 kit. Other things to save for at the moment, otherwise I'd already have it.
  10. arentol

    arentol Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    The 14-42 is fairly lame. Kind of just too "average" and "boring" for me. I have one still from my old E-P1 just so I can sell them together when I get around to doing so, but that is the only reason I keep it.

    The 12-50 Kit lens is pretty decent though. If you know you are shooting in the day and just want to bring along one "do everything" kind of lens then it is a pretty decent choice, so I keep that one around for that reason.
  11. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    14-45 panny sits on the old EP1 (broken IBIS) and the wife and kids uses it all the time.

    Keeps them out of my bag.
  12. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    Sold it on here. Could see no scenario where I'd ever feel good about using it.
  13. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I do a lot of event photography and having a zoom makes things much quicker and easier. I don't worry about bokeh for these events and there is usually plenty of light so I don't need a fast aperture. I have to admit that I have not really used the 14-42mm since I got the 14-150mm however. I used to use 2 bodies one with the 14-42mm and the other with the 40-150mm.
    If you ever loan your camera or are teaching somebody with it a kit zoom is a great lens to use for that. If they bust it the loss is low. A kit zoom is also easy to use and great for a beginner. Also, they are often handy for family events where you need to get the shots but don't need to be artistic.
  14. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    I just repurchased the Pana 14-42 for travel with the OMD.I have the Oly one that came with the camera but I don't care for the twist out feature.Too lazy to sell it off.
  15. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Hi Vinay..
    There is nothing wrong with Oly 14-42 mm if you are using it outside but beyond that , I dont use it . Now if you dont like to change the lenses then go for Oly 14-54 mm 2.8-3.5 II - The best kit lens ever given by any camera company . I took 5lenses to Mauritius and used only Oly 14-54 mm and let me remind u that I am also a prime lover .
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  16. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    I sold my Oly 14-42, since I had to get Pana 14mm and I only used the zoom at the wide end anyway. I haven't missed the kit zoom since then. If I ever upgrade my camera body I wouldn't sell my precious E-P1 so I don't need the KittyZoom for that either.
  17. gsk3

    gsk3 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 29, 2012
    Given how cheap GF3s are these days and how much I like them, I'm sorely tempted to just use two bodies. It's what photojournalists did in the days before primes (and still do for football games).
  18. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Primes are too limiting for me in that I'd always have to keep changing them for the way I shoot, and I'd always be wanting a focal length in-between two primes...the ONLY prime I do carry with me is the Samyang 7.5mm.

    Otherwise I got the 12-50, 40-150, 14-150, and a silver 14-42/ii I bought used for my silver body. I may add a 75-300 in future.
  19. Agent00soul

    Agent00soul Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2010
    I haven't used my kit zoom (for the E-P1) since the 12/2.0 came out. Now I have bought the E-PM2, which wasn't available body-only. So now I have the new kit zoom too. I doubt I will use it, but it could be handy if I lend the E-PM2 to somebody (I have the OM-D too).
  20. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    My E-PL3 came with a double zoom kit.

    I never use the 14-42 any more.

    I have just got back into trying the 40-150 on my OM-D, and it is a pretty reasonable lens if you know it's limitations. It's relatively sharp between 60-110mm, and that extra reach is quite useful sometimes. There's at least 1 thread on here where people are taking some great shots, including landscapes, with it.
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