Lumix 12-32 vs. Lumix 14-42 X vs. Zuiko 14-42 pancake zoom battle

Started Mar 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
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bluevellet Senior Member • Posts: 2,686
Lumix 12-32 vs. Lumix 14-42 X vs. Zuiko 14-42 pancake zoom battle

Which one is the best? Where does this forum stand? I don't usually like kit zooms, but the quality of the latest releases is making me reconsider. I have a Lumix 14mm prime attached permanently to my E-P3 for travelling convenience, but it could be time for a change.

The 12-32 made almost as big as splash as the GM1 camera it was attached to. It goes wider than the other pancakes (but with less reach). IQ said to be very good.

Next up is the first pancake zoom, the Lumix 14-42, with a mixed reception. I'm guessing it's the easiest one to find cheap (used).

Then finally, the Zuiko 14-42 which came out of nowhere. I think it is actually the smallest, IQ is supposed to be good, though I'm unsure if it does any pseudo macro like Olympus' previous kit zooms (would be a plus).

 bluevellet's gear list:bluevellet's gear list
Nikon D600 Nikon 85mm F1.8G Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Olympus 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro +15 more
Olympus PEN E-P3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
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