replacing 14-45 with 14-54 MKII?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by jyc860923, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    checked the web and 14-54 MKII is for a good price. I have read plenty of great reviews on both lenses, and seems that 14-54 MKII has got a better IQ. I think I know the differences that one is larger, lacks in-camera distortion correction, AF is slower, sharper, lacks image stablisation but has got larger aperture. But how much do I gain and lost based on the above? And what else should I concern about, like working against sunlight, CA, contrast, and everything?

    What I really like about the 14-54 MKII is the extra sharpness, magnification, aperture, it's like a multifunction lens.

    Please help with your opinions, I just can't replace my 14-45 quite easily. thanks!
     
  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Jim
    I have no idea how good 14-45 is but I am a fan of Oly 14-54mmII. If I need only one lens which I can use everywhere , it would be Oly 14-54mmII . Its not that slow actually . Its like Panny 20mm . Apart from that its weather sealed , bigger and heavy but looks good on OMD with grip.
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  3. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    hi there
    was just reading some 14-54 threads and knew you've before long had yours, which is excellent. Do you have some full size photos taken with 14-54 MK II on flickr so I could taka look as I want to know about the sharpness from edge to edge and the colour too?
     
  4. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    392
    Nov 30, 2011
    Apologies for the shameless bump, but I hope to keep this thread visible for input from users of both lenses. I too am very interested in opinions of users of both. A member of this forum recently wrote that he uses it on a G5 and the AF was rather quick (I believe his words were similar to an entry level DSLR of several years ago).

    I tested a G5 in comparison to a Pentax K30 recently (K30 with a Sigma long zoom) and the G5 was significantly quicker. It was also better to focus on a plain wall with fluorescent lighting inside a shop, where the CDAF body had nothing to differentiate to assist focussing.

    I realize this subject has been discussed previously, but hopefully users can provide input again. Thanks in advance.
     
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi

    have a look at this thread and If you pm me ur email , I will send ur RAW files. The pics in this thread are heavily cropped actually.
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
    https://www.mu-43.com/f57/olympus-14-54mmii-has-killed-my-primes-street-shoot-gem-41835/
     
  6. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Hi Bhupinder

    PM sent, I've read that thread and I'm willing to find out about it's focusing ability for street shooting!
     
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I've been thinking about the 14-54 as well, but I'm curious as to the differences between the two versions. I think I recall that one difference is AF speed...I wonder if anyone who has experience with both versions can quantify it. I haven't yet been spoiled by any "modern" lenses, so the performance of the Panasonic 20mm (which many decry as slow to focus) seems acceptable to me.

    Also, I'd trade off a small bit of performance for the extra reach (on both ends) of the Zuiko 12-60. Can anyone relate how the performance of that lens compares to either version of the 14-54?
     
  8. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    713
    Sep 24, 2011
    Ned, the forums lens expert was telling us two years ago the Zuiko 14-54 Mk II was the "best standard zoom for a micro four-thirds camera". nedhn.
     
  9. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    If you're buying new, there's still a big price gap between the 14-54 and the 12-60: $599 vs $899 at B&H. I've seen refurbished 14-54 II's at Cameta Camera for something like $359.
     
  10. homerusan

    homerusan Mu-43 Regular

    130
    Dec 25, 2012
    izmir, TURKEY
    i found 14-54II for 270$...
    what do you think? is it woth?
     
  11. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    805
    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    The 12-60 would mostly have to be manual focused. Just like the 50-200. Also, get the MKII 14-54. It is the one with almost normal AF.
     
  12. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    805
    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    If its in good shape, oh yeah. I paid $350 for mine. Get MMF-3 for weather sealing if using EM5. Otherwise, the cheapos off of Ebay ( $65 ).