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

Started Apr 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
sigala1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,818
You need to stop the lens down

krugman wrote:

Stevedore87 wrote:


I posted this elsewhere, but was recommended I post here under micro four thirds forum!

I will soon be purchasing an Olympus Om-D Em-5 and have the choice of a twin lens kit (MFT 14-42mm II R + MFT 40-150mm R Lens) or single (12-50mm) for approximately the same price.

I will be travelling through Asia this year and am unsure as to what is the best option for me. Any help offered would be greatly appreciated.

I am particularly interested in scenery shots. I will look to get a zoom lens when I return however as I'd love to take shots of my soccer team.



Well I am not sure this will be helpful or is what you want to hear, but today I had an interesting experience.

I looked through a 14-42 Oly kit lens set at 42mm at a display in the camera store, and then looked at the same display through the Oly 45mm f18.

There has been a lot of debate as to whether that kit zoom is as mediocre as some critics have claimed. I can't answer that, but I can say that I was amazed that the view through the viewfinder was much sharper with the Oly 45mm.

I asked the camera store person about this and he replied that the viewfinder shows you the image on the sensor.

I recognize that zooms are very convenient, but I thought you might like to hear my experience.


The viewfinder shows you the view with the aperture wide open, and the 14-42 is definitely blurry wide open at 42mm. Stop it down to f/9 and it's a LOT sharper and the image quality is very decent.

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