Is the Panasonic 14-45 the best "kit" zoom?

Started 8 months ago | Questions thread
Aaron801
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I didn't realize that it was the"best" of anything...
In reply to fevan, 8 months ago

Since it's a really inexpensive lens I figured that it wasn't really considered to be that great a piece of equipment. It's nice to know that it is though because that's what my GH2 came with and that's what I've been using for a while... that and a few adapted 35mm lenses that I've been having pretty good luck with. My 14-45 seems to be pretty sharp and I've been pretty happy with it. There is a bit of a caveat, though not a deal-breaker: Ive found that toward the wide end that it has both pretty bad distortion and vingnetting. Neither of these is really a problem for me though as I've found that the controls in Photoshop (and probably lots of other photo editing software) take care of those problems very well. I spend a lot of time generally with post production and I really enjoy that aspect of the process... so dealing with little workarounds like this to get the best performance from a piece of equipment is just fine with me. 
I will say this about it though, even though I really like the lens, it feels REALLY cheap! The one that I have is one of those with a plastic mount and the whole thing feels like nothing... there's no heft to it at all... It feels like a toy, but it works well and that's the most important thing.

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