Is the Panasonic kit 14-42mm lens really so bad?

Started Mar 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
Anders W
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Re: That's quite a statement
In reply to mpgxsvcd, May 3, 2012

mpgxsvcd wrote:

I included every m4/3s lens. Zoom or prime. Panasonic or Olympus. Just check the dpreview lens reviews. The 20mm comes closest to the 14-140mm @ 14mm. However, the 14-140mm edges it slightly for on center sharpness. The 14-140mm also stays sharp through about 50mm.

The only lenses they haven't tested are the 14mm, 100-300mm, and 45-200mm. I have the 14mm and 45-200mm and I have tested them against the 14-140mm. They are no match for it. The 100-300mm is actually a great lens from the samples I have seen. Still no match for the 14-140mm though.

The small aperture of the 14-140mm made it struggle with all m4/3s cameras before the GH2. With the GH2's 1 stop advantage the 14-140mm finally has a camera body that can make it useful in lower light situations.

onlooker wrote:

mpgxsvcd wrote:

And the 14-140mm is the sharpest of all of the m4/3s lenses. It costs a lot more though.

That's quite a statement, and one that is clearly counterintuitive (megazoom vs. standard zooms - or are you including even primes in it?). Do you have any published tests to support that?

It is not only counterintuitive but also incorrect. While the 14-140 is pretty decent for a 10x zoom, it cannot compete with the best MFT lenses except possibly at its sweet spot around 25-30 mm. At the wide end as well as towards the lone one, it cannot keep up with the best. Just look at the tests available at reasonably well-reputed lens testing sites and see for yourself.

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