Panasonic 14-45mm kit beats Oly 12-50mm

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, May 19, 2012.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    The extra 2mm in addition to splash and dust-proofing on the Olympus
    is nice, but it does not match the Panasonic wide open at the edge.
    Interesting as the Panasonic supposedly only shows its full capability
    when used on a Panasonic body because of that camera's build-in image
    corrections. Or so I've heard. Could mean the chromatic aberration,
    some purple is visible in the Panasonic shot.
    RichA, May 19, 2012
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  2. RichA

    Bruce Guest


    I hope you are pleased with your OM-D E-M5 and that you intend to keep
    it rather longer than your other recent purchases.

    The Olympus 12-50mm lens is biased towards features rather than
    optical performance. There is only so much that can be achieved at
    the price and the money has gone on weather sealing, power zoom and a
    greater zoom range than the Panasonic. The 12mm wide end (24mm full
    frame equivalent) is a particularly good feature, and the 100mm
    (equivalent) long end may be slightly more useful for portraiture than
    the 94mm or 90mm equivalent of other standard zooms.

    No-one should expect a top quality optical performance from this lens,
    because they haven't paid for it.

    The Panasonic 14-45mm OIS is a superb lens delivering far better
    optics and build than anyone has a right to expect. It doesn't have
    power zoom and is not weather sealed. Instead, the money has gone on
    the optics, and it shows.
    Bruce, May 19, 2012
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    I think it's possible Olympus sacrificed overall optical quality to
    get the macro capabilities of the lens.
    RichA, May 19, 2012
  4. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    Proves my point then. Macro is just another feature, unfortunately
    another reason why the overall optical performance is lacking.

    This is a lens worth selling while it is still in strong demand. Of
    course you might not want to sell it separately as it would make it
    difficult to obtain a refund on the whole kit. Going on your prior
    record, you will be returning the kit for a refund (or selling it to
    someone else) before the month is out ...
    Bruce, May 20, 2012
  5. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Actually, the only (major) camera I've bought and kept for less than 1
    year was the GH2, which I got specifically to act as a stop-gap for
    the E-M5. I have bought and sold some minor cameras pretty quickly,
    like the old D40 and Olympus E-420.
    RichA, May 22, 2012
  6. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    You forgot the Nikon D7000?
    Bruce, May 22, 2012
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    Just Me Guest

    Le 2012-05-19 12:21, RichA a écrit :
    both are avergae at best:

    The mft system is pathetic anyway.
    Just Me, May 22, 2012
  8. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Oh yeah...It was such a downgrade from the D300 body I just couldn't
    keep it. But you are right, that is an example of one I dumped
    really fast.
    RichA, May 23, 2012
  9. RichA

    ray Guest

    Compared to?
    ray, May 23, 2012
  10. tiny point'n'shoots that live in shirt pockets.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 28, 2012
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