I want a better kit lens for travel...where to go?, please no primes...

Started Jul 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mingjai Senior Member • Posts: 1,402
Re: I want a better kit lens for travel...where to go?, please no primes...

MarkyM wrote:

Marla wrote:

About a year ago I purchased the 14-45 after reading some great reviews on dp and elsewhere.

I was pleasantly surprised at the image quality from the first time I used it on the OMD. It's the best "kit" lens I've used and has become my favorite walk around lens.

It's $289 at B&H.....if you're interested. Well worth it IMHO!


I'll second this. I just got into the MFT system and went with the 14-45 (for $289 from Adorama).

I am very pleasantly surprised and how good the IQ is for a kit lens.

I also recommend the 14-45mm. I got mine with my original G1 kit--sold the body a long time ago but kept the lens. It's a great lens.

I recently got the Panasonic 14-42mm X (pancake) because I was interested in something more compact and video friendly. Since my primary camera is an E-M5, I don't have to worry about the potential shutter shock/OIS issue associated with the lens. While I haven't done any direct comparisons to the 14-45mm yet, most of the reviews I've read put the pancake on a similar level with the 14-45mm. Looking at the optical design, it appears the 14-42mm X and the new yet well-reviewed Panasonic 14-42mm II share very similar (if not identical) designs--same number of elements and groups, identical minimum focus distances, etc.

If you're going to be using IBIS instead of relying on the potentially problematic OIS, I'd recommend the 14-42mm II as well.

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