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Olympus lens on G3?

andart Plus
15 502 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 10:38AM
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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franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 11:45AM
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.

andart Plus
15 502 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 11:50AM
Thanks Ken, I did not know about the differences in IS - probably accounts for the difference in overall lens size.
12 Jan 2013 12:32PM
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

andart Plus
15 502 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 4:39PM
Thanks for the feedback Pete - the Panny 14-45 gets a much better review that the Oly - decision made!
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
12 Jan 2013 6:49PM
andart Plus
15 502 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 7:03PM
Thanks for the heads-up Paul - their prices seem to be very good compared to others Ive looked at.
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
12 Jan 2013 7:31PM
If you can stretch a little further there`s a GH2 for 350.
andart Plus
15 502 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 10:06AM

Quote:If you can stretch a little further

unfortunately HMRC have just 'stretched' me................................ Sad

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