Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS

Announced Mar 7, 2010 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-FS014042E
Michael Ma
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If you shoot at F/8-F/10 at 35mm equiv, then this is no brainer.  This is probably the sharpest lens ever produced for any system.  And what is amazing is that it's one of the cheapest mft lenses.  Outside of those specs, it is sub par, but in that range, it is unbeatable.

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I use this lens because it performs well in every respect, and specifically because it beat the standard MkII Olympus 14-42 kit lens which I tested it on my E-PM2 against last year for both contrast and resolution. When I tested it against the Panasonic 14/2.5 on my E-P2 back in 2011, I saw no perceptible optical advantage to the pancake lens. Optical performance is good right from maximum aperture, and with more consistency through the focal length range than the Olympus (eg my Olympus was ...

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