Need help deciding which lens to get for my new OLYMPUS E-PL5

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
bluelemmy Contributing Member • Posts: 997
Re: Need help deciding which lens to get for my new OLYMPUS E-PL5

tron555 wrote:

On Amazon, the E-PL5 comes with this lens: OLYMPUS: M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II (seems OK to me)

I am not an expert in lens design or specifications, but wonder if there is not a better lens that is sharper/faster that I should order my E-PL5 with. From what I read (as best I can understand), this looks like a very good alternative: Panasonic: LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. I would prefer this lens since it is much smaller and lighter, but is it still as fast and sharp as the one that comes as the kit lens? I don’t really want to give up quality and speed just to get the smaller lens. I don’t want to get too many lenses and want to get the best I can from to begin with.

My priority is to be sharp and fast, not worried about movies. Since I am upgrading from a Canon G12 and want much faster AF and sharper images, should I just get the lens it comes with? ANY advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!!

I have both lenses. In performance they are very similar but the Panasonic is much smaller and therefore better to suited to the camera if compactness is what you desire.

If you want speed and sharpness, the 12-35 f2.8 Panasonic is a good lens (I have one of those, too)and  is better than both, as it should be at around 3 times the price!

But it is much bigger and in my view doesn't make a lot of sense on such a small body. You may have different criteria, of course.

Given the size and performance of the 14-42 Olympus, I'd stick with that and spend my money on a 45mm f1.8 for when you want shallow DoF and excellent sharpness. But then I would say that, since I think that everyone with an M43 camera should have the 45mm in their bag

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