12-50mm vs 14-42mm II R

Started Mar 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
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dave92029 Contributing Member • Posts: 774
12-50mm vs 14-42mm II R

The reviews of the new weather sealed 12-50mm appear to be disappointing when compared to the capabilities of the new E-M5.

I was wondering if there is a comparison of the new 12-50mm kit lens to the 14-42 IIR kit lens, both lens are options when ordering the E-M5?

The 12-50mm is physically much larger than the 14-42mm, and the weather sealing is not a feature that I feel I need. I currently have the Olympus macro lens converter, a 9-18mm, and a 40-150mm lens so the extra range is also not compelling.

What I want is a kit lens that is sharp, fast and will maximize the abilities of the E-M5.

It appears that the 14-42mm IIR may be a better fit on the E-M5 than the 12-50mm, and we save $200 that goes half way to buying a 45mm f1.8

Any comments or reviews on this subject before I place my order. Thanks

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