Summary: Small and compact lens. I purchased this lens because it had stabilization and I found out it was an essential feature to have after my last photo trip. I can still put the camera with lens in my pocket and not have to carry a camera bag.
Summary: This is the lens that came with the Panasonic Lumix G1. I sold the outfit about a year ago. While I really don't regret selling the G1 (I discovered I do not like EVFs), I really miss that 14-45mm. It was/is a superb lens in every way. I was reminded of this recently when I printed some photos on 13x19 hot press inkjet water color paper. As well as being about as sharp as you could ever wish for, the lens rendition of color, tone and detail was astounding.
Panasonic Should Not Have Replaced This With The Cheaper Made 14-42
Bruce Foreman "Bif", Amazon
10 July 2013
Summary: I actually "hunted down" two of these. I let my 14-42mm "kit" lens go with the last GH2 I sold off. It was optically quite good but the cheaper plastic construction caused some "binding" in the zoom function. I wanted something like this as a general purpose "workhorse" wide angle to "portrait" perspective zoom lens.
Summary: First thing I noticed was this was a much higher quality lens than the plastic feeling Lumix Vario 14-42mm kit lens I bought first which I had to return because it wouldn't zoom smoothly at all. I have since read up on this lens and it is top rated by all the photo review sites. More money than the 14-42 Lumix Vario kit lens, but worth every penny.
Summary: I have tried them all, this is the best of the Panasonic or Olympus mid range zooms. Since I live in Orlando I can take pictures of the same thing over and over and make comparisions. This is the sharpest, nicest for video work (built in IS) and has a little longer zoom range the the current 14 42 models. A good copy is expensive but worth it. The build quality is supurb, like an old time Nikon lens. The zoom is smooth and it will autofocus in a heartbeat. Get one.
Summary: I purchased my Gf1 with the 20mm f1.7 lens. It's a great lens, but the focal length just isn't one I use that often. I bought the 14-45mm based on reviews and I'm glad I did. This lens is one of the best kit lenses I've ever used. It's extremely sharp, focuses quickly and quietly and gives me far more flexibility than the 20mm. In spite of the plastic, it seems well built. It's very compact and light weight.
Summary: Just put it on yesterday... crystal clear images & autofocus works quickly even at full zoom. It takes just as good of pictures as the old 14-45 I removed, but it has a lot more reach for the kid's sporting events.
Summary: I had this briefly when I started using a m43 camera. I sold it because I wanted to go all primes. I have some regrets about selling it as it was a quality zoom lens. It was sharp from 14mm-45mm and exhibited great chromatic aberration control. If you need a standard zoom, get this over the 14-42 from panasonic and oly. It also has an OIS on/off switch on the lens and works well with Oly cameras.
Christopher Alexander "Christopher Alexander", Amazon
13 July 2012
Summary: I bought this lens to use with my Lumix G2 camera. There are only a few lenses that will attach to this camera, but this one fits the bill. It is durable, lightweight, and easy to manipulate. This and my 45-200 are my go-to lenses. Though the lens does have some zoom capability, this works best with the immediate environment as opposed to things in the distance.
Summary: The first thing that impressed me from this lens was the build quality. Although relatively small when compared to a full size DSLR lens of equivalent focal length and aperture, this 14-45 feels like a little brick. From the nice looks of the front element, through the barrel, and to the metal lens mount, it is clear that this lens is of a higher quality than the 14-42mm kit lens, even the newer "Power Zoom" 14-42.