Olympus 12-50 or 14-42 AND 40-150?

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Olympus 12-50 or 14-42 AND 40-150?
Jun 4, 2012

Hi everyone, haven't been around these parts for a long time, but I just wondered whether anyone with experience with these lenses might have some advice. I really like the look of the om-d e-m5, and think I may have finally found a m43 camera to update my GF1 and replace my D90.

I'm wondering about the kit lenses with the om-d. In Japan the kits come with either the 12-50 or the latest 14-42 and the 40-150, and its the same price for the single lens kit or the double. I originally decided to go with the 12-50 because of the build quality, the extra wide angle, and the macro mode, but I like the small size portability of m43, which the 12-50 doesn't really do, and I have heard that the 12-50 doesn't really impress in IQ.

I don't have any tele lenses for m43, but I do already have the panasonic 14-45 (which I ordered because I heard that the IQ was better than the modern incarnations of the kit lens) plus the 20 1.7 which came with my GF1. I REALLY hope that one day I will be able to save enough for the Panasonic 12-35. I am not a big macro shooter, but would love the opportunity to get close from time to time. Ultimately IQ is the most important thing for me.

So, really I guess the question is, is the new 12-50 lens good enough to forgo getting one standard zoom and a tele zoom for the same price? Or do you think that the other two zooms are not good enough to forgo the new 12-50? Any suggestions? Any comparisons? Any comparison images even?
Thank you in advance.
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