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GX1+ 14-42 X lens does landscape

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Iansky, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Out today with the GX1+14-42X lens and took these 4 images.

    I intend to take some comparison shots between this lens and the original metal mount 14-45 lens as I am not yet convinced with image quality of the new lens - it is small and solid but, IQ is not what I was hoping and still getting used to controls on lens.

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  2. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    These are fantastic!

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
  3. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Iansky, these are lovely. Tonality, Sharpness etc.
     
  4. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks both for the feedback, not sure about overall lens quality IQ though - perhaps I am expecting too much but it is classed as a "Prime lens".
     
  5. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Ian

    you are making me feel cold
     
  6. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Ian, my own feelings looking at these is they the IQ does not come up to the standard I've seen in your recent posts with the GX1 and 20mm. I've recently obtained the 14mm lens and again I would feel that the IQ of this zoom falls short of that one as well.

    Barrie
     
  7. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Barrie,

    You are right and I would never expect the IQ of a zoom to match that of a prime lens so would not dream of comparing it to the 20mm, I still have my original 14-45mm metal mount Pany lens so will do some comparisons to that............I suspect that the original may just show a clean pair of heels to the new pretender.
     
  8. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Ian,

    I have the 14-45mm which I have hardly ever used, just started to use it with a newly acquired (secondhand) GH2 with much the same object in mind as yourself. Reasonably impressed so far, given that I'm not a great fan of zooms, and I feel subjectively that it might produce better results than the latest kit zoom you're using here.

    Barrie
     
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  9. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    All good Ian, but the third one really gets me.

    I have the original 14-45. I don't use it much, preferring primes, but it's a good performer. I look forward to your comparison.
     
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Some great candidates for a bit of SFXing. I'm a little thrown by the first two re: what should be my level horizon, or indeed if the horizon should be level at all given the sweeping countryside. I really like #4, particularly the stand of trees.

    So far amongst standard focal length m4/3 zooms I've found the Lumix 14-140 to be very good, especially considering it's 10x zoom range. It is however not cheap and not small, but it is small compared to carrying the equivalent 14-45mm and 45-200mm lenses of the same age. The Lumix 14-42 X has had some reported issues with the OIS system on the early production models, but a firmware upgrade seems to have helped.
     
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Nice landscapes but not as sharp as I might have expected.
     
  12. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Bill,

    You are right and that is my concern, this lens is not cheap and is classed by Panasonic as of "Prime Quality" so should to my mind perform to a high standard - I am yet to be convinced and currently am leaning toward keeping my original 14-45mm and letting this one go in exchange for a 14mm f2.5 as I do prefer primes and the GX1+20mm combination produces razor sharp images.
     
  13. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Sharp or no, I rather like the softness of these - beautiful scenes.
     
  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Beautiful as always Ian, but my reaction is the same as others - not as sharp as your usual shots with the 20 or as sharp AND creamy as your X100 work. I agree with Olli that it works pretty well in this context, but if its not what you're after, maybe a second look at that lens is in order...

    -Ray
     
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  15. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks all,

    I will try the comparison next weekend and make a decision based on the results - looking toward getting rid of it and replacing it with the 14mm f2.5 to compliment my 20mm.
     
  16. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    at these sizes, Iansky, I cannot see the issues you describe. They edges look clean to me. Have you a larger example?
     
  17. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    dpreview's GX1 review mentions sharpness problems with this lens, although they say it mainly affects the tele end, and particularly at shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/200. They think it might be some kind of vibration issue...

    it's at the bottom of this page:
    Panasonic DMC GX1 Review: 16. Photographic tests: Digital Photography Review

    other than that, they give the camera a very positive review. In the conclusion, in the list of cons, there was really nothing that would bother me much! First time I've seen that in a review... also I held one in the store recently and it does feel good in the hand, and it's small, too!
     
  18. pictor

    pictor SC All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
  19. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    I am dissapointed that even after updating the camera+lens firmware, the lens does not deliver as expected - I have to say though that the GX1 is a superb camera and I prefer it to my long serving GF1 as it produces better IQ images, has better DR,build,AF and low light capability and coupled with the 20mm is a superb combination.
     
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  20. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran

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    Jul 14, 2010
    I would be more than happy with theses images Ian.
    Beautiful.
    That lens has had some critics here its performing Ok