Which kit lens for olympus om-d em-5?

Started Apr 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Paul De Bra
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From these two... or other options?

From the two choices the 2-kit version gives you the longest range, but the 12-50 goes wider. I can recommend the 12-50 if you buy early enough and with good return policy and if you are willing to return bad and mediocre copies until you get a good one. A lot of people complain that the 12-50 is not a great lens, but I'm sure the top 20% or so of the range are really good. (I had the 12-50 but mine was most likely in the bottom half. Not great and not completely centered either.)

Other options are the latest models of the Oly 14-150 or Pana 14-140. They are really good (barring bad copies) and having a single lens significantly reduces the risk that while you are using one lens your second lens gets stolen (seriously!).

But another serious contender is the 14-42EZ which will make you look much less conspicuous and will give you opportunities where any bigger lens will attract too much attention. (I have the Pana 14-42X on the E-M5 whenever I am in casual mode instead of picture taking mode.)

On the other hand, when I'm going on a trip to take pictures there really is only one absolutely must-have lens and that is the 12-40 f/2.8. But you're talking serious money of course.

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