Summary: I love the camera but the 14-42-mm kit lens produces only sub-par photos. To get the most out of the camera, get yourself a 45-150 zoom lens and the 20-mm (1.7f-stop) prime lens (and, of course, other lenses should you want them). I use the 20-mm lens all the time, especially at night, when I carry the camera through cities for night photography. Photos taken with the 14-42mm (and the 14-mm too!
It is the sharpest lens you can buy at F/8-F/10 at 14mm
Y. Michael Ma, Amazon
18 February 2014
Summary: If you're looking for edge to edge sharpness at 14mm (28mm equivalent) at F/8-F/10 specifically, this lens can't be beat. However, anything outside of that it starts showing why it's a budget lens. The zoom is rough. Don't expect smooth zooming during video.
Summary: I'm surprised anyone likes this lens. It works like an old 70-300 Canon lens you can get for a hundred bucks for Canon Dslrs. Plastic and cheap feeling and when you try to zoom it sticks and grabs and I hate it actually. It's not worth the money and it shouldn't be a kit lens. It should be put under your boot and stomped, when I think about it.
Summary: This lens is adequate, in build the focus ring grabs when turned. From a youtube video I learned that it was possible to get somewhat average bokeh. Add the hundred dollar used price and you have a lens that teaches patience. The upgrade to this lens is a much better build, I recommend it for less than twice the price used.
Summary: When I bought my first Panasonic G5 body from Amazon, it was (oddly...;-) $2 cheaper with the Panasonic 14-42mm G Vario lens than it was without it! So, it made perfect sense to get the lens. I had read several less-than-enthusiastic reviews of it, and had seen some samples of photos shot with it that did not inspire confidence, but I figured I could easily sell it cheap if it was too poor.