41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
light, small, inexpensive lens for daylight use
, January 23, 2011
This review is from: Panasonic HFS014042 14-42mm Zoom lens for Micro third cameras (Electronics)
I have read that 14-45 might be a slightly sharper lens, but I have Panasonic GF1. I don't have any of the large G or GH models. So for me, size matters. Since I bought GF1, the idea was to go small. What is the point of getting a small m4/3 camera and then mount large heavy lenses on it? It defeats my purpose, I already have full-frame Nikon D700 with assortment of large and heavy lenses for it. So for GF1 I got 14-42, 20mm, and 45-200. These three lenses cover me from 28 to 400mm.
14-42 is a very small, very light lens. Yes unlike the other two m4/3 lenses in my arsenal, 14-42 is made in China (the others in Japan) and has plastic mount (the other two have metal mount). It also costs $199, comes with a hood, and focuses silently and instantly, in any light. It focuses quieter and faster than 20mm F/1.7 for sure. It has build-in Image Stabilizer. Unlike on 45-200, you cannot turn off the stabilization via a switch on the lens itself. But you can of course turn off stabilization in the camera menu itself so the option is still there, it is just in the camera menu, not on the lens body.
This lens is so light that you don't even notice the weight difference when you mount it on GF1. I plan on using it as a daylight walkaround lens. At night or in low light, I'll switch to 20mm F/1.7. Both lenses are so small that you can have the other in your jacket pocket and then switch them at any time.
My review and five stars is strictly for the use with small m4/3 bodies, like GF1 or Oly pens. For Panasonic G and GH models, well they are large already so perhaps paying twice as much for 14-45 for alleged increase in sharpness (if it truly is there) makes more sense for you, since 14-45 might balance well on such a large body. For GF1/2, the small and silent 14-42 (so no sound of the lens when shooting a movie) is a smarter choice in my opinion
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