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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

Hi all, just a quickie am looking at lenses for my OM- EM5 MFT and there are plenty of Olympus Zuiko and Panasonic, are there any advantages to one more than the other or are they pretty much the same?

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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

All Micro 4/3rds lenses will work on Olympus bodies.



Some Panasonic lenses have built-in stabilisation which won't work on most (all?) Olympus bodies. Olympus lenses (generally) aren't stabilised but the bodies are.
Some Panasonic lenses have aperture rings, again you need a Panasonic body to use them they do nothing on an Olympus camera (AFAIK).


If you give us an idea of the budget and focal length(s) you're looking at then we might be able to recommend something over something else.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

You're right, Oly MFT doesn't interpret aperture signals from a Panny lens, eg 15 f1.7.

There's debate on the relative merits, but I see the sense in counteracting movement at source, ie as the light 'rays' pass through the lens.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

Cheers AMc, yes I’m looking to spend around 100 maybe a bit more, I know that’s not much but it’s either that or for now stick wit the lens it came with
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

So what have you already got?

I have two 14-42mm kit lenses. There is a EZ pancake lens and a couple of variants of collapsible lenses at this range, I have the II R version.
Both lenses take great images I can't tell them apart on results.

The EZ is very small and light. The motorised zoom isn't quite as tactile but I use this most due to it's portability.


The IIR has a physical zoom which I sometimes prefer and it's cheaper but I haven't used it much since I got the EZ and it sits on my old E-PL5.



I put my more recent Flickr images into albums based on the lens, these were taken with the EZ

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1c7oMZ


Some of these were taken with the II R but the E-PL5 doesn't save lens data in the EXIF for some reason.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskn7EDAr



The E-M5 came with a 12-50mm lens which is well regarded, a bit bigger and slightly more expensive used.


Plenty to choose from used.

https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/used-equip...lympus-lenses/


I know some of the standard Panasonic zooms are well regarded like their 12-32mm pancake zoom but I've not used them myself.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

I only have the M.Zuiko Digital lens 14-42mm so thought 40-150 might be useful as I tended to use the 40-150mm a fair bit on my E-510
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

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There's debate on the relative merits, but I see the sense in counteracting movement at source, ie as the light 'rays' pass through the lens.
But I don't see how you can move a lens element out of alignment to compensate for camera movement, without compromising optical performance.

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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

If you don't mind changing lenses then go for the 40-150 it's a bargain certainly from the grey importers (~85 to 100ish). If you are like me and like an all in one solution go for the 14-150 and sell the 14-42. The 14-150 is also a bargain if you go to somewhere like eglobal ~220 if memory serves. There are people on here who have had good experiences with eglobal but their reviews are a bit mixed.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

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I only have the M.Zuiko Digital lens 14-42mm so thought 40-150 might be useful as I tended to use the 40-150mm a fair bit on my E-510
Good choice, a good lens.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

The 14-150 is undoubtedly convenient but I found the IQ to be well below what I wanted, so sold it. Two lenses to cover the range will give better results.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

Some of the older Panasonic lenses had build quality issues IMO. Worst of the lot is the 35-100mm f4-5.6 which was optically very good but very tacky in build quality. Some of the lower end Olympus lenses can feel rather plastiky but never as bad as some of the lower end Panasonic lenses.
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Re: Panasonic or Olympus on MFT

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I only have the M.Zuiko Digital lens 14-42mm so thought 40-150 might be useful as I tended to use the 40-150mm a fair bit on my E-510

I have the plastic fantastic 40-150mm and it punches well above it's price tag.


As others have mentioned under 100 from a Grey Importer or plentiful at places like MPB, Camera jungle etc. used for similar money.


Mine generally gets used for rare trips to Snetterton for motorsport and the beach to capture the seals. I wouldn't have enough use for a more expensive long lens so it's ideal.


A few on Flickr from mine here...

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