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Which kit lens for the E-M5? 12-50mm or 14-42mm?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by M4/3, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    713
    Sep 24, 2011
    What are the pros and cons of buying the 12-50mm over the 14-42mm kit lens?
     
  2. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    93
    Mar 10, 2012
    12-50mm over 14-42mm II R.

    + Wide angle, macro, weather seal, little more zoom ratio, look better on OM-D, elec zoom.

    - Longer - bigger, heavier, expensive

    Quality seem same. 14-42mm shoot video seem better. I like 14-42mm II R MSC but love Pany 14-45mm more!
     
  3. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    Neither.....it's the Panny 14-45 IMVHO
     
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Get the body-only package and pick up the MMF-3 and Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II as your kit lens. ;)

    It works as a kit lens for the E-30, so why not the E-M5?
     
  5. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    that combo will be better with the grip.
    do you think it will AF as fast as on the E-30?
     
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The 14-54mm is a very compact lens... it doesn't need the grip. :)

    But no, it won't AF as fast as on the E-30. It will provide just as fast exposure, and just as sharp images. I would think that's more important, personally. ;) The Mark II version is usable in the AF department.
     
  7. lowincash

    lowincash Mu-43 Regular

    126
    Mar 6, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I like that the 12-50 is weather sealed and does macro but think it looks a bit long on the E-M5. The 14-42 would be smaller and more compact.

    That said, I got body only and most likely getting the 14-45 as kit lens :D Don't really need weather seal, never had any problem with any of my other cameras.
     
  8. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    i will see for myself when the E-M5 arrives at M'sia.:wink:
    best balanced combo for me is still with the G2 (GH2).

    back to the topic...:tongue:
    // i second Zanr Zij. //
     
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  9. ttan98

    ttan98 Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Apr 5, 2012
    melbourne
    Hi,

    I have MMF2, will it work with the oly 4/3 14-54mm f2.8, I have E-PM1 and G2 will this lens work well(good quality images) with these 2 cameras? Also I assume I would be able to use auto-focus as well.
     
  10. Zanr Zij

    Zanr Zij Mu-43 Regular

    93
    Mar 10, 2012
    Work well :). AF confirmed although slower!
     
  11. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    412
    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Get the 12-50 for all of the reasons (pro and con) mentioned above.

    As an aside, if you end up not liking the 12-50, it will probably have a better resale value/market than the 14-42 II R that just about every has or has had something very similar to with their camera.