Panasonic PZ 14-42mm Are there really any good ones?

Started Jun 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Glen K Wells
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Panasonic PZ 14-42mm Are there really any good ones?


I could not resist the offer of the GX1 with PZ 14-42mm compact zoom lens.

I wanted it for travelling and previously had a GF1.

I must have not been out of my cave for quite  while as the hullaballo about the quality of the lens completely passed by me.

My lens is the later HN2K serial version with firmware v1.2 unfortunately at the 42mm end between 1/50th to 1/250th second the pictures are blurred or very soft at best, this goes back to the 20mm mark.

Oh dear!

Having now read all the blurb are there really any decent copies of this lens to be had? or are the only people who have decent experience with the lens using different cameras.

I am returning the camera and lens and asking for a replacement but to check the lens first or a refund.

I really wanted to like this setup there is so much to like but avoiding those settings proved a bit too much of a pain in the posterior.

Thoughts appreciated.


Glen W

The two crop images are at 42mm (84 equiv) 1/160th and 1/320th the blurry one is the 160th.

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