Is the Panasonic 14-45 the best "kit" zoom?

Started Apr 17, 2014 | Questions thread
sigala1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,818
Re: There's only one lens...

Sigurdur Stefan Jonsson wrote:

What about the compact Panasonic Lumix 14-42 X Power Zoom lens?

It gets a pretty good writeup in a review on the slrgear website. Comparing it to the previous Panny 14-42 kit zoom they say:

"The new 14-42mm 'X' version is much sharper than the previous version; it's also much more resistant to chromatic aberration, shows less corner shading, and has a better profile for distortion. Optically it's a better lens, but if you're partial to a zoom and focus ring, this version of the 14-42mm has those."

Comparing it to the original 14-45 kit zoom they say:

"The original G1 kit lens, the 14-45mm actually tested a bit better than the version that replaced it (the 14-42mm above), but it's not as good as the 14-42mm X."

Sounds pretty good. This lens did get a bad rap though for blurring at certain shutter speeds. Maybe this was just shutter shock and may be a non-issue when used on recent Olympus cameras with recent anti-shock firmware updates.

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My 14-42 PZ sucks. Massive purple fringing when used on Olympus cameras. Blurry corners. No thanks.  (Although it's on my to-do list to try it on a camera with an e-shutter to see if the blurry corners were caused by shutter shock.)

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