Olympus 14-42 on Panasonic body?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by dixeyk, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Anyone have this setup? I just picked up a G2 (with a 14-42 and 14). I already have a 14 and a while back sold my Panasonic 14-45. I liked the 14-45 a lot but wasn't doing much traveling (where I use it most) and figured I'd just pick up whatever was the equivalent when I need one again.

    Now I see some 14-42 II OLympus kits lenses for just a little over $100 and I recall liking the Oly kit lens when I had one. Is it better than the Panasonic 14-42 (which seems generally unloved)? Any suggestions?
     
  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Yeah if you could just read my signature, I've been using oly 1442 II on gf3 quite fine. CA is probably not corrected but operation is all good. The image is best between 25-35mm.

    Lens firmware updated on the Panasonic body for AF speed.

    Panasonic gf3 lumix14 2.5 Olympus14-42 3.5-5.6
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  3. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    And oly1442 is better than the panny one except for lacking IS and orientation sensor, but better resolution and smoother handling.

    Panasonic gf3 lumix14 2.5 Olympus14-42 3.5-5.6
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  4. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    my setup

    Yea I purchased my G1 Body and then later on, got the M. Zuiko 14-42mm lens. I like it and think it looks like a nice and compact setup when collapsed. I also think it takes great photos and focuses nice and fast; Quiet too.
     

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  5. I've used the MkII on my GH1 and a GF1 as well. Not quite my dream combinations but they work well enough.
     
  6. c5karl

    c5karl Mu-43 Regular

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    May 31, 2011
    Fairfax, Va., USA
    Not sure I'd call the Panasonic 14-42 unloved. If it hadn't been preceded by the 14-45 which is a bit sharper in the lab, and which sports an OIS on/off switch and a metal mount, I don't think you'd hear griping about the 14-42.

    The Panasonic 14-42 is a nice, versatile lens for outdoor photography. Mine takes beautiful photos, as I'm sure the Olympus lenses do.

    The biggest advantage of the Olympus versions would be their smaller size, especially when retracted. That might be a major factor if this will be your travel lens. The Olympus is on the far left in this photo (http://www.digitalcamera-dsc.com/img/size1.jpg), and the Panasonic 14-42 is second from the right.
     
  7. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    That's the original Oly 14-42mm. The II and IIR are 6.5mm longer, which is about halfway between the original and the Panny 14-45mm. That said, I really like the look of the IIR and have often thought of picking one up, especially with the X lens having the issues that it does.
     
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Is the Olympus 14-42 IIR optically as good as the Panasonic 14-45?
     
  9. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    not sure about the p1445, not even know what's been improved from 1442 II to IIR after firmware update, wanna know that too.

    however i have some shots done with 1442 II, can email you the full res images.
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    No. The wide end isn't too far off, but the long end is definitely weaker.

    DH
     
  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I suspected as much. What I really want is an m43 equivalent of the Olympus 4/3 14-54/2.8 - 3.5. I used to have that lens (mk I version) and it was a truly spectacular performer. It's a big lens but wouldn't be too out of balance on a larger body like the G2 and I understand the mk II version has decent AF performance adapted to m43 bodies...maybe I'll lust save up for that.