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Oly 14-54mm vs 14-42mm is it worth the price?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dave92029, May 15, 2010.

  1. dave92029

    dave92029 Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    I was wondering if it was a worth the price, $500, to upgrade from the Kit 14-42mm lens to the 14-54mm lens IF I have the adaptor?

    Anyone have any comparison photos taken with each lens so we can see the differences?

    The 14-54mm is faster AF and has a better DOF, and the reviews say that it is a sharp lens. The question I have about "sharp" is generally it means greater resolution, and it's hard to know what you aren't seeing using the lens you have until you have something better. :>)

    Much appreciated. Thanks
  2. adam

    adam Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    $500 is a high price for a 14-54...I just sold mine for $400 in excellent condition.

    It was a good bit better in terms of image quality compared to the non-micro 14-42, but the autofocus speed is not going to be good at all on an mFT body...it supports contrast-detect AF, but isn't optimized for it.
  3. txomin

    txomin Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 12, 2010
    Bilbao, Spain
    take care, 14-54 II manteins AF, the 14-54 first version doesn't.
  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I found the lens review on Biofos to be useful. Quite simple and restricted testing which makes for great comparisons across his site.

    Aye, here's the one ;
    biofos.com; Zuiko Digital standard lens comparison.

    Oh yeah, I just remembered which forum this is. Of course he's not using the m4/3rds kit lens but it still reviews the one you're wondering about.
  5. dave92029

    dave92029 Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    That's the Answer

    Thank you! That is exactly what I was looking for and the expected conclusion as well. :2thumbs:

  6. nokiamia

    nokiamia Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2010
    Hi there, I just found a 3yr old used Zuiko 14-54 f/2.8-3.5 Mk1 for USD250. Do you think it's worth a buy for my EP-2?
  7. et100

    et100 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Chicago area - USA
    I have used 14-54 Mk II on e-PL1 and focuses OK and enjoyed a lot the image quality and the wider aperture.
    If at all possible try the Mk 1 before you buy since the Contrast AF is NOT supported with Mk 1 and it may not focus as fast as you expect.
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  8. nokiamia

    nokiamia Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2010
    hi ET100, thanks so much. your information hits the right spot. i think i will forget about the MK1 and hunt for MKII. i can sleep well tonight. thanks again.
  9. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Thought I would post a quick update to this thread. I just picked up a used 14-54mm Mk1 yesterday afternoon from National Camera (local camera chain - a rarity, I know!). At first it didn't AF and I thought it would have to go back, but I hadn't mounted it right! AF is about as good as the 70-300mm, actually quicker but it has a little bit more difficult time finding focus; this is of course indoors in poor light, so I would expect it to do better outdoors in better light and contrast. So, the Mk1 does also work, at least on my e-pl1!
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