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    I have upgraded my 14-45 & 40-150 kit lenses to 14-54 & 50-200 (without SWD) and am thinking of disposing my old lenses. Is there any reason I should hold on to either of them?

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Well, if you think you might want a light, compact lens in certain situations like a whole day of carrying it you might consider keeping them for that. The 40-150 weighs almost nothing compared to the 50-200 as you know. You could get a fair price for them on ebay. I just sold my 40-150 for about 90 bucks or so plus shipping. I think I only paid 93 from a canadian camera shop so I was happy to only lose a few bucks.
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    I am keeping my old ones around for a second/backup system. Once I either get an E-3 or the new tweener that comes out I will have my kit lenses with the E-510. I can either lend out what will be my older system to family members or just keep it for travel when I want to take smaller stuff along.

    The simple fact is the legacy lenses bring back such little return it makes more sense for me to keep them as backups/loaner material quite frankly.
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    Cool Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hemant View Post
    I have upgraded my 14-45 & 40-150 kit lenses to 14-54 & 50-200 (without SWD) and am thinking of disposing my old lenses. Is there any reason I should hold on to either of them?

    ~Hemant.
    If you plan to upgrade your current camera body to another one, having the 14-45mm may give you slightly more for your old camera than just the body alone. I'm sort of in that situation now, I upgraded to an E-3, but I sold my 14-42mm some time ago (hello Bill), and if I had the 14-42mm, it might add a little to the resale value.

    If you are the paranoid type, the kit lenses could be backup if something happens to your main lens.

    In terms of the old 40-150mm, I had one, and eventually sold it when I got the 50-200mm, because the old lens was big enough that if I wanted to carry it around all day, I would be willing to carry the 50-200mm. When I got my E-510 as a 2 lens kit, I got the new 40-150mm, and because it is so small, I can put it in a pocket when I go out.

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    I keep my kitlenses since they very small, and thus the best for trips with minimum gear. And I will not get a price for them on e.g. Ebay that will satisfy me enough.

    Oh, and they are great lenses.
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    ** Micro 14-42mm ** Micro 45mm f/1.8 ** Micro 17mm f/1.8 **
    ** 40-150mm II ** 9-18mm ** 12-50mm **
    ** ZD 150mm f/2 ** 12-60mm SWD ** 50-200mm SWD **
    ** Sigma 30mm f/1.4 ** EC-20 ** Two FL-36R **
    ** Samyang 85mm f/1.4 ** OM 50mm f/1.8 + f/1.4 **
    ** Leica Elmarit 180mm f/2.8 ** Vivitar 35-70mm f.2.8-3.5 **
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Keep them!
    As Michael inferred above, I bought his 14-42 and later added the new 40-150. When I sold the E-410 kit with both lenses it was nearly a "no brainer."
    I recently picked up a 2nd 14-42 to use for casual shooting on my L1 and like it quite a lot.
    It's not likely that I'll sell the new one. It's quite a good lens and fits vert nicely in my kit.

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    at least keep the 40-150 if you need a lighter bag on a travel. i really love the old 40-150 and still having a great time with it.


    Assaf

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    Keep it!!! I was planning on selling mine when I got my 50-200...then I threw it on the floor and it is off for repair!!!! I would have been lost without the 40-150!!!

    For as little as you will get for it (in the realm of lens prices), I think it is a great back-up and as several mentioned, something to sell with a body when the time comes.

    Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong!

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    I don't use any of the kit lenses after upgrading despite their size and weight advantages however I do find them handy when I'm lending an SLR to friends.

    John
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    A 14-42 kit lens on any old Oly body (preferably one with IS) after upgrading to the latest and greatest is a great camera to have in the trunk just in case. I use my Nikon D40 + 18-55 for that.

    Sometimes, I go somewhere on short notice where I am not able to bring my usual gear. In the past, I used to kick myself because some great photo opportunities presented themselves, and here I was with no camera. Not anymore.

    Surprise b-day / farewell parties for friends or coworkers, a spur of the moment decision to go golfing, or sometimes you just forget to bring your camera when going out... Or these days, you seem some stunningly beautiful trees and autumn leaves with just the right colour combination with just the perfect lighting. Sometimes you wait a whole year to get a shot like that. Great, no camera.

    Well don't run into those situations anymore... "old camera + kit lens in the trunk" to the rescue!
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Is the newer 14-42 better than the old 14-45. What about the 40-150, I read somewhere that the old one was better?

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    The old 40-150 is a bit faster, but somewhat bigger. I still like it a lot and never got the 50-200. I have a 14-42 which is OK, I keep it for when my fiancee wants to use the E510 and I'm using the 14-54 on the E3. Otherwise, she'll go for the 14-54, she prefers it too

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemant View Post
    Is the newer 14-42 better than the old 14-45. What about the 40-150, I read somewhere that the old one was better?
    If you read down a bit there is a good comparison of the lenses here:

    http://www.biofos.com/esystem/e400_tst.html

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    The new 14-42 is better than the old 14-45. What that Biofos test does not do is test the two lenses wide-open. At f/8, they may be pretty close, but wide-open, the old 14-45 is softer and has less contrast. In addition to poorer optics, it is bigger and heavier: a lose-lose proposition.

    The two 40-150's are a different story: while the new 40-150 is better optically as well as smaller and lighter, it is also slower at the long end by 2/3 of a stop (f/5.6 instead of f/4.5). So basically, the old lens is better if you need a bit more speed for shooting sports, lower light levels, or DoF control (even portraiture), while the new lens is better as a light-weight travel tele zoom, or anytime you don't need the speed or DoF control / bokeh.
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    I recently recieved Sigma's 70-200, but I'm keeping the 40-150. I like having back-ups.

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    the long and short of it, the kit lenses that come with oly cameras are better than the mid grade lenses from the other camera makers. def. keep them.
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by hemant View Post
    I have upgraded my 14-45 & 40-150 kit lenses to 14-54 & 50-200 (without SWD) and am thinking of disposing my old lenses. Is there any reason I should hold on to either of them?

    ~Hemant.
    sell them you can always buy them back for the same price.
    Shipping is like wat? 10 bucks? def. sell them.

    IMO, 40-150 is pretty useful, but that's because I never use enough telephoto to appreciate 50-200. (That's why I would not purchase 50-200 due to it's weight).

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    I guess for me it's about image quality, if the next lens on the ladder is larger and heavier, so be it.

    Don't mean to sound like a snob but after seeing the images I get from the 14-54 and 50-200 I just can't go back to the kit lenses, sigh...

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    I got my 50-200 yesterday and its bigger/heavier than I expected. Now I see a reason to hold onto my 40-150, will dispose if I'm not using it enough.

    Hey Don, how do you like your OM 50 1.4? I got one from ebay recently, still waiting for my adapter.
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    If I had to pick one word I would say "Fun"

    It's tiny and the images from it have a quality, bokeh and sharpness that is different in a good way from the ZD lens.

    I must admit that manual focusing is a challenge for my eye sight though, top of my next order from B & H is the AS-ME1 Eyecup Magnifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmcl7 View Post
    I don't use any of the kit lenses after upgrading despite their size and weight advantages however I do find them handy when I'm lending an SLR to friends.

    John
    Ah, yes, point well taken. When lending, the other person most likely will not afford it quite as much TLC as you, so give him an expendable lens.

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Great lenses to slap on your camera when a family member whats to use it or learn photography!

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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by assafx View Post
    at least keep the 40-150 if you need a lighter bag on a travel. i really love the old 40-150 and still having a great time with it.


    Assaf
    Yes! The 40 - 150 that came with my E500 is razor sharp. I'm not much of a long lens user so this zoom is likely all the long lens I will ever need; but for those who really NEED long lenses, it makes a nice light weight sustitute (a 'stunt' lens if you will) for some other, heavier lenses at times.
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    Sell them, as they are redundant focal lengths. Us the money towards adding additional lenses that you do need.
    Good shooting,
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    Default Re: Any reason to keep my kit lenses

    I doubt that you would get much for the lenses, and if you buy into the m4/3 you could use them on that, with an adaptor, as a more portable take with you everywhere second system. Just a thought.
    Guy

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