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    Default 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    Hello,

    Looking for some thoughts on the value of buying a 14-54 to replace the standard kit lense that I have with my e620. No real complaints about what I have, I just find it lacking on photos indoors, in lower light situations like a kids hockey game for instance.

    I see the series I version of this lens at very good pricing ~$250 or less used. So that is a budget that would work. The series II version is usually about $400. Starting to fall out of the budget...

    So two questions:
    1. Is this a worthwhile update?
    2. From what I see the series I and II are pretty close. How much do I loose by going with a I.

    Thank you!
    K MacK

    e-620, 70-300, 40-150, 14-42, FL-36R

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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    I think its definitely worth it. I have never owned a 14-54mm, only its bigger cousin, 12-60, but the two are very much alike. It was a significant step up from the kit lens. Since the majority of pictures one takes is usually within this range, it makes a lot of sense to upgrade precisely the kit lens over all others.

    I believe there is virtually no difference optically between I and II, but Mk II is CDAF optimized, which means it will work better with m4/3 cameras.
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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    I guarantee you will not be sorry you invested in that lens.
    I actually had it as my first real upgrade, then sold it due getting
    12-60 and after couple of years bought it again (when funds allowed it).
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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    I think it is a good idea to replace your kit lens with the 14-54. It is a really nice lens. But I second Edmunds' advice that you should get the Mark II if you think you'll ever want to use it on a m43 camera. I would have gotten the II had I known this a few years ago when I bought a second hand Mark I.
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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    I love my 14-54. I could see a major difference over the kit lens when shooting indoors. I have the first version and have had no issues. I had/have both the first and second generation kit lenses for the 510 and prefer the first gen there just becuase of the metal mounts.
    Good Luck!

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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    It's a great idea.
    That lens is the original 4:3 lens and the images produced are, to this day, hard to beat.
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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    The 14-54 II is a wonderful lens. The only drawback on an E620 is that it can cast a shadow if you use the pop-up flash.

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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    Great lens, either version.
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    Default Re: 14-54 Lens to replace kit lens

    Thanks all for the great feedback!
    K MacK

    e-620, 70-300, 40-150, 14-42, FL-36R

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