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

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
robonrome Senior Member • Posts: 2,280
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 I had both 12-32 and 14-45 for a while, but have not kept the 14-45, because I found it was totally superseded by the 12-32, except of course for the lesser focal length at the tele end.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.

Reason for the differing views is at least partly due to sample variation. I'm often surprised at how much IQ varies between any two copies of the same lens...sometimes more than the supposed difference between lenses of different types.

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