Your experiences with both the Oly 14-42 II kit lens and the Oly 12-50?

Started Jan 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
dcassat Senior Member • Posts: 1,220

I have both lenses.  The 14-42 II is somewhat of an enigma.  At 14mm and 5.6 is amazingly sharp and will hold up against nearly everything for sharpness.  For the facts you can check this at   As you zoom above 30mm you will need to jump to f8.0 for better sharpness as it gets softer (as most zooms do).

The 12-50 is just amazingly versatile but not quite as sharp (from the tests) but I really like it better than the 14-42.  I like the photo quality from this lens.  I have a lot of lenses including the 14mm, 20mm and 45mm but they are reserved for lower light and scenes where the added contrast and sharpness will pay dividends.  Add to that the 12-50 macro capability and you find a great, relatively expensive solution to outdoor, flash and movie shooting.  It's not a low light lens for sure.

I use the 12-50 everyday now, it's my general, on the spot, side of the road, gotta have it, shooter.

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