A faster M 4/3 zoom

Started Nov 8, 2012 | Questions thread
Anders W
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Re: A faster M 4/3 zoom
In reply to Francis E, Nov 9, 2012

Francis E wrote:

Many thanks, that's very helpful, as have been the other replies.

The other point in favour of the 14~45 is its size, making the package ideal for travelling.

I think a long time ago I read that this lens comes in two versions and that mine, being the earlier one, isn't as good as the second.

No, the G Vario 14-45 exists in one version only. It is the very first MFT kit lens, and the best of the bunch optically speaking. It is also well built (metal mount, OIS switch on the barrel). After a short while, however, Panasonic introduced a new, "cheaper" kit lens, the G Vario 14-42 (plastic mount, no OIS switch on the barrel). So when you have heard of two versions, it is probably these two (14-45 and 14-42) rather than two different versions of the 14-45. And the first (14-45), not the second (14-42), is regarded as the better one. Just look at DPR's reviews of the two:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicGF1/page19.asp

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/PanasonicDMCG2/13

I'd certainly hold on to that 14-45 if I were you. Search this forum, and you'll find almost universal praise.

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