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Very happy with 14-42mm II

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by isabel95, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    When I bought my e-PL1 I got it with the 20mm Panasonic "pancake". I skipped the kit lens.

    After using the camera for a while I began to see beautiful images taken with the original 14-42 kit lens and I was very impressed with their quality.

    Decided to buy the 14-42mm II lens so I would have more of a wide angle.

    My lens arrived today, bought from the Buy/Sell forum here and I want to thank JustShootMe for getting the lens to Western NC in two days from Texas...and I really like it.

    Small Flickr gallery here: Olympus 14-42mm II micro 4/3 lens - a set on Flickr

    Isabel
     
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  2. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'm really impressed!

    Went into my bedroom to try this "slow" lens with 100 watt table lamps and took this at 1/4 second, handheld:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/isabel95/5538851502/" title="P3182673 handheld 1/4 second by Isabel Cutler, on Flickr"> 5538851502_170b9e1f62_o. "1011" height="786" alt="P3182673 handheld 1/4 second" /></a>

    Isabel


     
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  3. JustShootMe

    JustShootMe Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 23, 2011
    Austin TX
    Glad you are enjoying .. nice pics :2thumbs:
     
  4. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
  5. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thank you, Andy - question?

    Am I to understand the Flickr group rules that one may post one photo every two weeks?
    Isabel

     
  6. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    410
    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Hi Isabel

    No, you should be able to post as many images as you wish at any time. If this does not happen let me know and i'll change the parameters.

    Thanks
     
  7. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Check the "Join" page of your group...

    I can't check it now because you've approve me, but I remember reading a rule about posting just one image.

    Isabel

     
  8. jalex

    jalex Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2010
    Jane
    Looks great Isabel. Glad to hear you like it. Guess I will be having to pick one up now :)
     
  9. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Do that...it's a great lens, Jane.
    Isabel
     
  10. jcdoss

    jcdoss Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 10, 2011
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    What kind of lens hood can be used on this lens? I had need for one today... my hand worked fine, but I'm used to using hoods on lenses all the time.
     
  11. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I'm suspecting it's 37mm from my research...

    But I'm not exactly sure.
    Isabel

     
  12. ronbot

    ronbot Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Apr 27, 2010
    LH-40 is the official lens hood from Olympus for the 14-42 MK-II, but it's is pricey.

    Shame Olympus decided to stop providing lens hoods with their lenses. When I bought the E-510 a few years ago, it came with 2 lens hood - one for each lens. They may be trying to save money or hoping to make more by selling the lens hood separately, but I'm not going to pay them $40 for one. Better to just include it in the kit and raise the price a bit so everyone gets one and Olympus makes a bit more on all the kits sold; most likely more so than the profit from lens hood sales.

    Here's a cheaper alternative on ebay. I might get one myself.

    37mm is actually a common lens filter size, so be careful of other lens hood available as they may vignette at 14mm.

    I'm very happy with the lens too and loving the results (though it would be better with the lens hood in bright, sunny days):
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  13. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nice shot!...

    Thanks for the info on the thread size. I thought I remember reading somewhere that it was 37mm...I hope if someone finds a hood that doesn't vignette they'll share a link with us.
    Isabel

     
  14. jcdoss

    jcdoss Mu-43 Regular

    52
    Mar 10, 2011
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    If you decide to go for that hood, please post something about it and let me know. I'd try it, but I've spent too much money in the past week. I better slow down with the acquisitions before someone gets suspicious...

    [edit] I forgot to mention...that guy on stilts is super-cool!
     
  15. yoshi

    yoshi Mu-43 Rookie

    22
    Mar 29, 2011
    Nice pics! Have you compared this lens with the pany 20mm?

    Mine is the other way around. I have this lens as part of E-PL2 kit and are contemplating of getting the 20mm for low light shot (hate to carry extra flash).
     
  16. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I haven't compared it scientifically...

    but I would say it comes very close in quality.

    Of course, the f/1.7 lens is a tremendous help in low light work.

    Isabel
     
  17. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    I truly love the 14-42. I want to grab a camera and run to grab a shot I see. Or not take the bag, just a camera with a little zoom for creativity's sake. A few minutes ago, I did just that... my family lives far from here, and they love seeing these. Makes it all worthwhile.

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  18. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nice memory.

    I'm loving the lighter weight too!
    Isabel
     
  19. ronbot

    ronbot Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 27, 2010
    After getting the 20/1.7, I hardly used the original 14-42 on my E-PL1. But now, I've been using the new kit (on the E-PL2) more and enjoying it too because of the better feel and faster AF, which is quick enough to shoot my kid. It's also damn sharp!

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    I'm still waiting for my lens hood :-(
     
  20. ronbot

    ronbot Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Apr 27, 2010
    Love the 20mm, especially in the evening and indoors. But it's bright outside, the kit is great, especially with the faster/quieter AF.