Panasonic discontinuing 12-32?

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

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
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  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    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 Top 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 All-Pro

    Aug 10, 2012
    Netherlands / N.Ireland
    Yes but not nearly as sharp!
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  7. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Top 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 Top 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 Veteran

    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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  11. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    Any of the 14-42 lenses are useless to me anymore after getting the 12-32. I mean, it's friggin' TWELVE! Not easy to get that in a lens for this price. There's the old Olympus 12-50 which is pretty big and then there's the $600 12mm prime (f/2, I think). But I can get a very nice 45/1.8, 42/1.7, or 30/2.8, all very sharp for very low prices.
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  12. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    Average sale prices on eBay last few months: 12-32 - £125 14-42 - £95 (Prices for M43 lenses only).
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  13. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    14-42x refers to the power zoom.
  14. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    That would be the one which a reviewer described as "Optically no better than kit lens" ( Panasonic Lumix G X 14-42mm PZ Lens Review ) while another described it as "a surprisingly compact albeit not superb kit zoom lens" and gave it 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 ( Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. - Samples & Verdict ) then went on to add "The lens suffers from a relatively high degree of lateral CAs".
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  15. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    "Optically, the 14-42X is a bit of a surprise: it’s excellent, even used at maximum aperture. You don’t lose any sharpness close up, either. This is important seeing as anything much beyond f8 is severely diffraction limited on M4/3 cameras anyway due to the very small pixel pitch. Use this one wide open without issue, though stop down one stop to 5.6-8 to gain a very small improvement in the corners. There were two aspects of performance I found especially impressive – very low CA, and impressive contrast. " Ming Thein
    Lens review: The Panasonic Lumix Vario PZ 14-42/3.5-5.6 X G
    " If I'm going to trust a review, it's going to be from someone I trust." Christop82
  16. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 28, 2015
    There's no point in arguing any more. I'm happy with the 12-32 and you're happy with the 14-42. Let's leave it there before we start to bore the other members.
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  17. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    I'm not saying the 12-32 isn't a good lens. Optically they are nearly identical. If you've handled both side by side, you cannot come to any conclusion other than the 12-32 is inferior in build quality. Hopefully Panasonic will make a 12-32 II that's of equal build as the 14-42x. I no longer have either lens, but I think both do a great job at being compact zooms.
  18. spdavies

    spdavies Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    Sharp as it may be, the 12-32 is a defective design.
    It is put together with an inferior glue and it falls apart.
    There should be a repair recall put out on it.
    Sharp, but very cheaply made . . .
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  19. BleedingGumsMurphy

    BleedingGumsMurphy Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 19, 2017
    From . Which has made me wonder whether I should get a 12-60 kit lens to replace the 12-32, but just saw one in a store for $523, the kit 35-100 was a similar price which I got for $135. Anyway, I agree the 12-32 should be discontinued, as long as a mark 2 is released :
  20. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 8, 2013
    I wonder if they're just discontinuing the metal mount 12-32s, since the 12-32s that come as kit lenses are apparently plastic mounts now. In addition to being cheaper to make, there's probably less torque needed to mount/dismount the lens, meaning possibly less shells coming loose?
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