I bought a Panasonic G1 for the sole purpose of mounting Canon FD style lenses (totally manual operation requiring a custom adapter). I took an immediate liking to the G1 and photos it produced with the Canon FD lenses. I thought I might buy a Panasonic lens to investigate how the camera performed when used as it was designed to be used. Being heavily invested in an EOS system I didn't want to spend too much on another system so I bought the new cheaper 14-42 3.5-5.6 model. I was impressed. The lens is very small, light and yes, kind of cheap but not so much more so than most lenses under $500. It focuses quickly, silently and accurately. It produces photos which are very sharp and I particularly like the way the camera/lens combo renders colors. I understand Panasonic does some in camera image correction but the photos are top drawer and the camera is a pleasure to use both as old school manual and modern P&S. I absolutely like the lens and it stands up well against other lenses which I own that costs 3X as much. Generally I would agree, get a metal mount, more expensive build and expect better performance. I have purchased other lenses on the same criteria, but in reality I don't know that I would see any improvement having bought the older better build model. What I really would like is a faster lens, say 2.8 that didn't cost over a $1000. All that aside, I'm very impressed with the photographic capabilities of the Panasonic gear and this cheap little lens in general.
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