Lens decision; Olympus 14-150mm or combo of 12-55/40-150

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Lens decision; Olympus 14-150mm or combo of 12-55/40-150
May 3, 2012

I'm headed to India in a few weeks and would love to take a new OMD with me. I was waiting for a kit with the 12-50mm and had planned on adding either the Olympus 40-150 or Pentax 45-175mm lens. Now I see that there is a body only available which means I would have to buy a lens. So the 14-150 seems appealing as I wouldn't have to change lenses between the range (and I know I loose a small bit on the wide end). Most of my photography is in markets and street photography. Not much on landscapes. I do like getting candids of people from a distance.

But I'm concerned about image quality. I won't be doing large prints. Is there a significant difference in IQ between the Olympus 14-150mm and the combo of the 12-50mm and 40-150 or 45-175mm? The price among these particular lenses are not an issue as the difference isn't huge, but the difference of IQ is imjportant to me.

My primes will be the Olympus 45 f1.8 and either the Olympus 17 f2.8 or the Panasonic 20 f1.7. Would these two compliment the 14-150?
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