Summary: First off let me just say that this lens fits my needs which is perfect but I'm blown away by how fast it got to me! I ordered it two days ago (standard) and it was suppose to arrive on Friday. No complaints here though! I'm truly satisfied. No damages! I wish I could write a review specifically under "d-solution"'s profile. Lol I'm new to this but thanks!!
My perspective: Panasonic 14-45mm vs Panasonic 14-42mm
14 February 2015
Summary: 14-45mm is hands down superior to the kit 14-42mm in construction and smooth function. My 14-42 has a stiff/sticky, cheap feeling zoom action. The 14-45mm does not leave the kit lens impression (which it used to be) at all, and is clearly of superior design and execution. A recent trip with the 14-42 on a GX1 body, on some pretty cold days, was a bit frustrating. Handling the camera and using the stiff zoom ring was awkward. Even on a tripod, it was a 2 handed operation.
Summary: I actually use this lens on my BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera), so keep that in mind for this review. Pros: -Pretty good OIS for handheld shots. -Physical OIS switch. Even with the new firmware on the BMPCC that powers OIS lenses without a switch, I still prefer having the OIS switch to turn off when using a tripod. -Lightweight -Good zoom range for walking around town -Price -Sharp! -Size Cons: -My only real con is the barrel distortion at 14mm.
Summary: Know it all Camera Gurus often refer to kit lenses as "crap". This lens proves them completely wrong. My new Panasonic GH4 micro four thirds camera didn't come with a kit lens so I started "researching" - reading online reveiws looking for a good budget lens solution. I needed a good all around lens and it had to be a native "MFT" lens so it would work with my camera's electronics and spare me the cost of getting an adapter.
Summary: I have an EPL1, EPL2, EP3 and EP5. I have owned the 14-42 original, II and IIR and this by far has the best resolution. It truly is the best kit lens you can get for the money. Microcontrast and sharpness is noticeable compared with the other lenses. The fact that it came with a lens hood is another big plus. I ordered mine used, from C & K Inc. directly from Japan.