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Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Pyrate, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 1, 2014
    Should have shopped for a lens before buying the camera
    After much research, the lens that seems to make sense is discontinued everywhere or only available from Japan

    *H-FS014045 cant even tell if panasonic has it in stock
     
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Any possibility of getting a used on? eBay, Amazon, craigslist, KEH.com??
     
  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    What lens is this?
    GX1•17/2.8•30/2.8
     
  4. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That seems to be the grand old m4/3 kit lens, the Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6. Apparently the sharpest of the low end kit lenses before the P12-32 and O14-42 pancakes came out. You might consider looking at those two instead, they are now the sharpest of the new kit lenses.
     
  5. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    715
    Jul 23, 2010
    I can firmly recommend the Panasonic 12-32mm as a great walk around lens, it has become my most used lens for its compactness and for a diddy lens great IQ. There are frequent 14-45mm lenses coming up on the auction site, I sold mine and sort of regret it as it is a great lens though I prefer the 12-32 it is nice to sometimes have that little extra reach, but look on the bay and the buy sell here.
     
  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Are you in a place where you cannot find second-hand Lumix 14-45 lenses?
    Even look for old G1 and GF1 kits : including that lens.
     
  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    I would not buy a kit lens at retail price, you'd be crazy to do that.

    Look for either a 14-45 or 14-42 II (as good optically as the 14-45 is, but is much more compact), and buy them used. You should pay no mor ethan $150 for either of these lenses
     
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  8. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    I've got a 14-42 II for sale for $55, it is brand new never used. I would not pay more than $65 for the kit lens.
     
  9. DennisC

    DennisC Mu-43 Regular

    76
    Jan 24, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    I use the Lumix 14-45 and the Olympus 14-42 EZ and to be frank both lenses are less than stunning.
    They're OK but you need to work out their weak spots and then shoot where they're sharpest if you can.

    At first I hated the EZ lens but convenience has won through and now I find it hard to tell the difference between the the pair of them - although the Lumix seems slightly warmer/richer.
     
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Is this the Olympus 14-42 II, or the Panasonic 14-42 II? If it's the Panasonic, PM me.
     
  11. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
  12. barihunk

    barihunk New to Mu-43

    5
    Jul 8, 2014
    I'd be interested to see the 14-45 and the 12-32 compared... Any citation to back up your claim? The 12-32 looks so small and handy!
     
  13. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I wasn't implying any comparison between the 14-45 and the 12-32, only that the 12-32 is arguably the sharpest of the kit lenses in active production. Plenty of reviews online anyway,

    e.g

    http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1661/cat/69

    http://tysonrobichaudphotography.wo...c-lumix-g-vario-12-32mm-f3-5-5-6-lens-tested/
     
  14. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 1, 2014
    Wow thanks so much for the great feedback. The 12-32 seems to be a kit lense too. And does not have a focus ring. I am guessing maybe easier to find since it is still being produced wonder hiw fast it focuses, this will be used for video a lot, and be my starter lens canera arrives friday
     
  15. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Just for curiosity's sake, if you bought the camera body only, why start out with a "kit lens" when many choose to replace the kit lens with others, e.g. a prime lens?
     
  16. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 1, 2014
    Question how do you tell 14-42 version one from 2, different model number?
     
  17. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 1, 2014
    Got it, I think the new model is FS1442A
    Old model was HFS014042
     
  18. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Really wish one of the two companies would produce an excellent walk around zoom in the $400 range...
     
  19. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    It says (II after the aperture) on the barrel. There is also a IIR, which says IIR. The II is significantly changed from the first 14-42, with a different, smaller 37mm filter size, and it focuses faster than the first version. IIR is mostly the same as II, except for supposedly improved coatings, and cosmetic changes to the pattern on the zoom ring.
     
  20. Pyrate

    Pyrate Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 1, 2014
    Got it, I have a bid on one