12-32 vs 14-42 (ii) vs 14-45

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
Conor OBrien
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Re: 12-32 is an outstanding lens

I am very surprised that so many people find the 14-45 best. I had both 12-32 and 14-45 for a while, but have not kept the 14-45, because I found it was totally superseded by the 12-32, except of course for the lesser focal length at the tele end.

When I got the 14-45 as a kit lens with the GF1 about 4 years ago, I was extremely impressed by its image quality. However, in my experience since getting the 12-32 three months ago, it gives even better image quality than the 14-45. When its diminutive size is taken into account as well, it is a really outstanding lens, one of the real stars of the MFT line up in my opinion.

I struggled to find many comparison reviews on these lens. Before the 12-32 came in to the equation, I was still undecided on whether to get the 14-45 or the 14-42 II lens.

I think if the 12-32 had a manual focus ring I would definitely get it, without question. Even though I would only use the manual focus less than 10% of the time, I believe it is still vital all the available features. The manual focus is adjusted through the LCD screen on the GM1 as the lens was made for it (I think). I'm assuming (hoping) there will be a firmware update for newish cameras to have the same feature, I wonder when this will happen, and if the G5 is one of the cameras to get updated.
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