Olympus 14-42 EZ or Panasonic 12-32?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by nekrosoft13, May 19, 2014.

  1. nekrosoft13

    nekrosoft13 Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 13, 2014
    I will be buying E-M10 for my GF soon, and I just realized that all E-M10 kits online come with the crappy 14-42 IIR lens that you have to lock and unlock...

    Anyway which would you recommend the Olympus 14-42 EZ or the Panasonic 12-32?

    Is the EZ electronic zoom only?
  2. dechoder

    dechoder Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2013
    The EZ is electronic zoom only.. personally I don't like the way it operates.. hence I have a PL 12-32mm on order.. however if you can get the E-M10 with EZ kit lens as a kit then it is a lot cheaper
  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I'm not sure why you're considering the Panasonic 12-32 is you dislike the 14-42 II R's lock/unlock mechanism since that's basically how the 12-32 works as well (except there's a detent rather than a switch to prevent you from accidentally extending it). In 'transport' mode, neither lens is ready to shoot.

    The 14-42EZ is electronic zoom only. The zooming is actually not too bad (much better than the Panasonic 14-42 X) but there is a delay when you turn the camera on (and off) as the lens is electronically extended.

    If size is really important to you, I'd recommend the 12-32. If not, look for a secondhand Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6 II. It's smaller than the Olympus 14-42 II R, sharper, and it has no 'transport' mechanism and barely extends at all when zooming in or out.
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