Which zoom lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by east stand tiger, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. east stand tiger

    east stand tiger New to Mu-43

    Dec 12, 2012
    Hi ya
    I have a GX1 _20mm pancake and olympus 45mm, i am looking for a std zoom lens to use most of the time. The 12-35mm is out of my price range so i'm looking at either 14-45mm or 14-140mm. Can anyone help_which is best?
  2. Anthon

    Anthon Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 8, 2012
    I think that te Zuiko 14-42 II is the most balanced in quality/size/price

    14-45 is a bit more sharp but slowly and bigger

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  3. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    I agree with this too . I have them Both, and I will tell you that the M.Zuiko is also smaller and lighter especially when collapsed.
  4. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    If you can live with 42 or 45mm max then the choice comes down to better IQ for a few more $ and more size and weight. Some folks hardly seem to notice much difference in IQ; some really find the 14-45 to be in another class.

    On the other hand, if you can really benefit from the reach of the 14-140 I'd say there isn't much reason not to go that way. IQ is still very good imo, but you obviously gain size and cost.

    Compromise is 14-42 + 45-200. You get nice light all around standard zoom + even more on the tele end when/if you need it. Cost of the pair would be < 14-140.
  5. loko12345

    loko12345 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    Somewhat related, how do people rate the Panasonic Lumix Vario PZ 14-42mm? I have read reports of "bad copies" but some people have not experienced that problem, apparently. Assuming one has a good copy of the PZ, would it be equal to the Zuiko 14-42 II in terms of overall IQ?
  6. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    For what?
  7. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011


    Look at the first set of pictures by Steven - all but the first picture were taken with a 14-42mm powerzoom
  8. loko12345

    loko12345 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    Thanks for this; very nice pictures. Can't see much IQ difference between the Panny PZ and the Zuiko 14-42 II.