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Zuiko 14-54 II vs Panasonic 14-42 II

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by JanW, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. JanW

    JanW Mu-43 Regular

    I have the opportunity to buy a ZD 14-54 II for a reasonable price. I've been looking for a replacement for my Panasonic 14-42 II that I use on my Oly E-M10.
    I use the zoom when we're walking and take a macro lens (ZD35/3.5) with me for close-up work of plants and insects.
    When I'm walking with my wife or the family I usually don't take time to switch lenses and simply skip the close up opportunities.
    The 14-54 would give me back the close ups, but is the image quality the same (or better?) than the 14-42 II?
    Of course I know that the 12-40 Pro would be the best lens for my E-M10 but it is simply too expensive. And I'm not sure I want to spend approx. €400,- for the new Pany 12-60 3.5-5.6.
     
  2. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    I don't see the benefit you will get from replacing your kit zoom with another kit zoom. I would save the money towards one of the better zooms (panasonic or olympus) or spend it on one of the cheaper high quality primes to give you better results at one focal length.
     
  3. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The 14-54II will be a big step up from the 14-42. The AF won't be quite as fast but it will be accurate.

    The 14-54II is really every bit as good as the 12-40 and 12-35. You lose the 12mm wide end but you gain a lot of reach and the image quality is excellent.

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  4. JanW

    JanW Mu-43 Regular

    I did not expect it to be good enough to be compared with the 12-40 and 12-35.
    Must try it then. If I'm not completely happy I can give it to my son who has my old E-420. Or sell it again...

    Thanks!!

    Nice phloxes btw!
     
  5. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 12, 2013
    I thought a lot about getting this, before I decided to get a 12-32mm pancake zoom instead (since I generally prefer to use primes in the normal range).

    Pros of the 14-54mm: It's got more reach than kit zooms, it's weather sealed (if I remember correctly, though it is sort of irrelevant since your camera isn't), and it is much brighter (14-54 f2.8-3.5 is pretty darn good).

    Cons: It's bigger, it needs the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter, and it isn't as wide as the 12-32 or the pro zooms.

    I won't speak to image quality, since I never actually tested it.
     
  6. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry