Panasonic discontinuing 12-32?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Holoholo55, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If they are making a mk II, then I hope they fix the issue with the shell falling off and maybe add some kind of rudimentary manual focus ring. It wouldn't take much, I mean the focus ring on my old Canon kit lens was just a raised ring around the extending front element (shown below). But it did the job.

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  3. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    It's definitely not their best design. The 14-42 X pancake is much better in build quality and even slightly smaller . I would like to see a manual zoom based on its design.
  4. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    I am very pleased with my 12-32s (I have two as they came with my GM5s). I'd say they're as good as kit lenses get for my purposes.
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  5. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    99% of these "x got discontinued?"-posts are total BS at Either clickbaits or the guy never learns. It's NOT the first time BHPhoto "declares" something as discontinued...
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  6. stagor

    stagor Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2012
    Yes but not nearly as sharp!
  7. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    I've had both, my copy was just as sharp and maybe sharper. Even Ming Thein notes it's sharpness. Panasonic updated it's firmware which dramatically improved its OIS. I suspect it's original firmware issues lead to some bad experiences . I've since sold it, because I rarely use a kit lens. Perhaps I had a bad copy of the 12-32. I sold it almost immediately after I purchased it. It just felt like a cheap kit lens. The 14-42x has a premium feel to it that I liked much better. To me it just seems like the 12-32 was a step back, with the exception of its optical quality.
  8. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Not only is it sharper but while you can crop a 42mm FOV out of a 32mm image you can't pull 12mm out of a 14mm frame.
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  9. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    That's a strange case to make. Just as many people find the 42mm focal length more useful than the 12mm. There is a reason the resale price of the 12-32 is lower than the 14-42x. I'm not saying the 12-32 is a bad lens, but it's obvious it's build quality took a hit as a cost saving measure for Panasonic.
  10. Mattyh

    Mattyh Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 14, 2013
    I've the 12-32mm and have had a few 14-42 X lens, and to be honest they are both great lenses it doesn't do any harm to own both of them.

    The X lens is great for video and to turn your camera into a compact, the 12-32mm, well it's 12mm, compact and very light.

    As to which is sharpest ? Both, neither, who really cares, really?
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