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.
Summary: NIce lightweight kit lens that has the image stabilazation built in. I have tried this one and the Olympus 14 42 (old and newer R) and like this one better. It is a bit bigger but having the stabilization in the lens is worth it to me, since I use both Olympus and Panasonic cameras. My real favorite is the Panasonic 14 45 OIS lens, which has a much better build quality and longer reach.
Crisp and detailed photos indoor and out; great color accuracy, video takes some getting use to.
9 February 2013
Summary: I have been playing with this lens on a Lumix DMC-G3K camera I recently purchased. I have been extremely pleased with the photos I have been getting. Especially indoors. I have an Olympus E-volt 410 and various high end point and shoot. I have never gotten better, more accurate indoor photos. And there is great color separation. We have a 2 year old daughter and she is often in many shades of red, pink, lavender, and mauve.
Summary: I must admit, I shopped cheap for this lens. I found an Olympus Pen E-PL1 with the Zuiko 14-42mm kit lens included on Amazon Warehouse deals. I have a Canon dSLR Rebel T3i, but was wanting to go down with size and weight for certain occasions. My photos are usually my dogs and wildlife/birds taken while kayaking or camping with the dogs. I had read about the 4/3 systems and decided I would like to try one.
Summary: I have both Panasonic and Olympus Micro 4/3rds cameras, and consequently two 14-42mm lenses- this one, and the similar Olympus 14-42mm Zukio, which costs about 50% more than the Lumix. Both are intended to be kit lenses, supplied as part of an entry-level Micro 4/3rds camera package. Technically, either lens can be used with either camera body, but Panasonic and Olympus use different image stabilization systems, so if you want to take advantage of that function, you need...
Summary: I bought a Panasonic G1 for the sole purpose of mounting Canon FD style lenses (totally manual operation requiring a custom adapter). I took an immediate liking to the G1 and photos it produced with the Canon FD lenses. I thought I might buy a Panasonic lens to investigate how the camera performed when used as it was designed to be used.
Summary: PiddlinRob summed up things nicely. Decent kit lens on my Lumix G3. Fast auto focus. Relatively small aperture does not do it any favors for portraits as far as getting a nice bokah. My biggest knock is that in manual focus mode, it focuses past infinity. This makes celestial photography a pain since stars are pretty hard to see on the viewfinder while composing a shot.
Summary: I'm spoiled. I bought the Lumix GF-1 body and 20mm lens separately. /That/ lens is a killer. It looks, feels, and functions like a high quality lens. Since this zoom lens was inexpensive I bought it to fill in for those occasions where I just couldn't "zoom with my feet." It works o.k.; no terrible fringing and not terribly soft. A decent plastic starter lens. It's no more and no less than what I expected. You won't be disappointed for the price.