Pana 14-45 clearly better than new Pana 14-42 ?

Started Jun 25, 2010 | Discussions thread
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jimrpdx
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Re: precision testing of a kit lens..

The one thing I've learned about kit lenses from any manufacturer is that copy-for-copy quality control is weaker than for other lenses. That's why Zeiss and Leica badges aren't on kit lenses!

All references to "the 14-42" and "the 14-45" in this thread should be prefaced with "my copy of" or "the reviewer's copy of". Many here including DPR have copies of the 14-45 that they would not choose to part with, and many 14-42 owners are happy with their copies. The price difference between them does represent a metal mount and OIS switch, but the rest can be due to higher demand from those who are certain that paying more will get a better lens. Kit lenses can be amazing, versatile and extremely handy.. or they can be just good enough to get you started. Nearly every dSLR maker goes with the latter, and they're still around.

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