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I am thinking of getting a secondhand G3 and would like to know if the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 would work on it? (I like it compactenss).
Also what is the difference between Panasonics 14-42 and 14-45 (apart from 3mm and £70 on the s/h market!). Are either of these significantly better than the Olympus?
Thanks in advance,
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Panasonic lenses have built in anti shake. Olympus doesn't as the anti shake is built into the camera and not the lens.
The Olympus lens will work on the G3.
Thanks Ken, I did not know about the differences in IS - probably accounts for the difference in overall lens size.
I'll stick my neck out here and say that the Panasonic 14-45 is/was the best of the standard kit zoom lenses, although its discontinued. What Digital Camera magazine gave it a gold star and a score of 93 for exceptional optical performance, the later 14-42 and compact 14-42 which are good lenses, but they never quite matched it. Read the review.
These lenses are not as compact as the one you are quoting, but in comparison with a DSLR kit zoom, they are pretty small.
Ken is right re the anti shake systems, however, if you do end up with a Panny 14-45, it would be the best combination in my view. If you use an Olympus lens on the Panny G3 you will have no IS and thus run the risk of hand shake at low shutter speeds. I use a Oly 9-18 on my G3 and its fine, but I keep the shutter speeds high enough so hand shake is not an issue.
SRS Microsystems have a couple of used Panny 14-45 for sale.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the feedback Pete - the Panny 14-45 gets a much better review that the Oly - decision made!
Have a look at LCE, they have a G3 + kit lens going for £250 and more.
Thanks for the heads-up Paul - their prices seem to be very good compared to others Ive looked at.
If you can stretch a little further there`s a GH2 for £350.
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