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Panasonic Kit Lens Versions

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jarola, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Jarola

    Jarola Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 15, 2012
    Tampa FL
    Jarek
    Are there multiple versions of the panasonic 14-45mm lens? I was just wondering because the price of the 14-45mm vary dramatically in the mu-43 marketplace. I want to make sure I am not paying too much.

    Thanks!

    J
     
  2. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 28, 2011
    There is only one.
     
  3. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    There is a (supposedly) inferior 14-42 that ships with newer cameras, so it's possible that you're seeing that as a lower-priced option.
     
  4. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    I hate my G3 kit lens
     
  5. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    I hate my GF1 kit lens - the (supposedly) superior 14-45. I knew that going in, though - I only bought it so I'd have a whole kit to sell when it came time to upgrade.
     
  6. Warren T.

    Warren T. Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2010
    San Francisco
    I love my 14-45mm lens. It's sharp, compact, has OIS, and is very well built.
     
  7. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    I wholeheartedly agree with all of that, but compared to the photos I get from the 7-14, 20 and 45, I just think the character and bokeh of the 14-45 is pretty meh.
     
  8. Jarola

    Jarola Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 15, 2012
    Tampa FL
    Jarek
    Yes that is it. Is the 14-45 much better than the 14-42?
     
  9. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 9, 2011
    Singapore
    What about 14-42x? How does it stack up to both the other lenses?
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Better than the 14-42, not as good as the 14-45, and less than half the depth of either (when retracted). Get it for the size though. Not enough of a difference on IQ to be worth the price (14-45 is a much better buy in that respect).

    DH
     
  11. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    According to what I've been reading, yeah, it's a bit better. I'm a bit of a prime lens snob these days though, so all the kit lenses get lumped in the same bucket in my eyes ;)

    I can see the value of a superzoom since it allows you to have a full range at a moment's notice, but I've never been thrilled with the image quality that comes from them. High quality fixed-aperture zooms are a totally different story (like my beloved 7-14mm and maybe the f/2.8 X lenses that are coming out), but those are usually an order of magnitude more expensive and still don't produce the same bokeh and character as a good prime.