Panasonic 14-42 II - a new dark "champion"?

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Panasonic 14-42 II - a new dark "champion"?
Apr 9, 2013

Looks like this new Panasonic 14-42 II darkens up very fast as you zoom in (f/5.3@25mm, sheesh!), even quicker than Oly 12-50 which by itself was a champion (f/5.1@25, the worst "feature" of this lens). For comparison, the tiny Pana 14-42 PZ is f/4.9@25mm, Oly 14-42 II (same size as Pana 14-42 II) is f/4.4@25mm. Pana 14-45 was f/4.9@25mm. All the competitors have very decent quality at that FL across the frame, although 14-42PZ might not be quite as sharp in the center, but very uniform:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/zproducts/panasonic14-42f35-56x/tloader.htm

That is how they reduced the size to the Oly 14-42 size while keeping OIS.

Buyer beware!

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