Summary: It took a while to appreciate having this lens on my OM-D E-M5. It worked well from the start, but after several months, its sharpness and overall performance really started to become obvious. It focuses quickly, requires very little post with RAW files to get very good images.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I really like this lens. It is head and shoulders better than the 14-42 kit lens that came with my camera. The 14-45 lens operates smoothly, has metal mount, and a "quality feel" to it, and is much sharper - especially in the corners than the kit lens.