Backorder canceled - LUMIX G X 14-42mm - Does it actually exist? Alternatives?

Started Jan 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Backorder canceled - LUMIX G X 14-42mm - Does it actually exist? Alternatives?
Jan 29, 2012

So my family had ordered one of the new pancake G X 14-42 lenses for me this Christmas, but it got listed as back-ordered, and then about a week ago, Panasonic went and canceled the order.

They're still listed as back-ordered everywhere, but nobody seems to be able to get them and the reviews and comments all make it sound like they've got something wrong.

So given all that...

I've got a GF-1 with the 20mm pancake... I'd like to have 2nd lens for a bit more versatility, but I'm hesitant to get one now. I really like having portability and convenience of the more compact lens, and I figure if I got on of the more regular 14-42 or 14-45 lenses, the bulk would affect my tendency to use it, not to mention I'd regret it if the G X version ever became worthwhile.

So given all that, are there any particularly good lenses for a Panasonic MFT at the moment?

If you do have a longer lens, is it a hassle to use without a view finder?

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