another "which lens" pany 14-45 or oly 12-50 (and 45-200 vs 40-150)

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Jake21
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another "which lens" pany 14-45 or oly 12-50 (and 45-200 vs 40-150)
May 6, 2012

For folks that have used either set of lenses do you have any comments on the optical quality of

pany 14-45 ($300) vs oly 12-50 ($300) (both contrast and resolution)
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45-200 ($200) 40-150 ($200)
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My take on the lenses from what I've read so far (I obvously have not used any of them) is the 12-50 has a bit extra in the wide end; but the long end is a bit weak (I tend to favor the long end in terms of number of pictures)
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The pany 45-200 seems to have a lot of sample variation and it can be hard to get a good one. The oly is esp good in near focus (20-30 feet)
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I'm aware of special features of the lenses (12-50 weather sealed and macro); So please comment on the optical quality (esp on an oly body which will not correct for CA and distortion).
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I few this as a temp solution until one of the faster zooms become available in micro 4/3 mount or the 50-200 (which I did once own and think is very nice 'cept for boekh) supports cdaf.
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I'm leaning towards the 12-50 if I also get the 45f1.8; but I'm really not very sure how it compares with the 14-45 which a lot of folks highly recommend.
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No clue in comparing the 45-200 to the 40-150 (other than a lot of reviews seem to indicate sample issues with the 45-200)

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