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    Default Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    ...well, this morning I went in to the camera store I deal with to put more stuff on consignment and there it was, sitting on the counter still in it's box, another OM-D EM-5. I had already made mental plans to acquire a 2nd body, they're in short supply in this neck of the woods, so putting 2 and 2 together definitely suggested to me that I grab another while it was available. This one also comes with a kit lens but it's the m43 14-42, I have the m43 12-50 and a good copy of the m43 40-150, so this kit lens seems to me a bit redundant. What do all of you have to say about the m43 14-42, is it worth hanging on to or should I put it on sale along with the 43rds gear?
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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    I would keep the kit lens.
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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    I got my OMD with the 14-42 (that was also all that was available and I did not want to wait for a 12-50 kit) but thought I would sell it when I got the 12-50.
    But considering how little I was offered for it, I decided to hold on to it. And while the IQ of the 14-42 is probably comparable to the 12-50, it's smaller size (when the camera is not in use) does come in useful from time to time.

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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lorne Miller View Post
    ...well, this morning I went in to the camera store I deal with to put more stuff on consignment and there it was, sitting on the counter still in it's box, another OM-D EM-5. I had already made mental plans to acquire a 2nd body, they're in short supply in this neck of the woods, so putting 2 and 2 together definitely suggested to me that I grab another while it was available. This one also comes with a kit lens but it's the m43 14-42, I have the m43 12-50 and a good copy of the m43 40-150, so this kit lens seems to me a bit redundant. What do all of you have to say about the m43 14-42, is it worth hanging on to or should I put it on sale along with the 43rds gear?
    bin it. It is a rubbish lens.

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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    I would sell it. If you want a more compact zoom than the 12-50, the one to look at is the Panny 14-42 pancake (which is better than the 14-42 Oly kit lens anyway).
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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    On topic question...how does it compare to 4/3 14-42 ? I have one which I got with used E-620, never used it but have taken a look at it last night, and boy is it small. So I wander if they were able to make it even smaller ?
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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    Lorne, I guess you don't know about the rule that says everyone gets one OMD before people like you start buying two! Simple solution is for you to stick it in a waterproof box and toss it in Haro Straits on an incoming tide and I'll be standing by with my boat hook here on the East Bank
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    Default Re: Just bought my 2nd OM-D - do I keep the kit lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Baxter View Post
    bin it. It is a rubbish lens.


    I am not a big fan of the "El Cheapo" kit-lens; plastic mount, flimsy and about the same optical quality as a Canon standard kit-lens, means that it rubs me the wrong way too. Then again; this would the the third (or fourth) iteration of the lens, and that one is supposedly a marked improvement of the first version.

    But tossing it in the bin? I think there is a sucker born every minute and I am sure someone will buy it if the price is right. If Lorne has the conscience to sell it after we have dissed it so bad ...
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