Further readings for the Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
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In part 2 of our review of best lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (Olympus E-M1 II), we’re looking at the performance of zoom lenses. More versatile than a fixed focal length prime, zoom lenses offer the convenience of a range of focal lengths in a single lens. We’ve tested 20 such lenses on the E-M1 II, covering focal lengths from an ultra-wide-angle 7mm through to a super-telephoto 300mm, equivalent to 14mm to 600mm in 35mm terms. Scores range from a high of 25 points on pro-oriented options such as the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, to a low of 8 points on the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6.
We’ve analyzed the image quality of 33 lens models, around 70% of the current range using the native MFT mount, on the new Olympus OM-D EM-10. Read on to find out which of those lenses perform best and which, if any, you should try and avoid when paired with the new camera.
Following the lens recommendations for Lumix DMC-GX7 we’ve now analyzed the image quality of Panasonic’s diminutive GM1 with over 33 lenses to assess the imaging characteristics specifically with the new camera. Read on to find out which of those models you should be using, and which, if any, you should try and avoid.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the new flagship model in the range and features a newly-designed pro-grade body and a modified 16-Mpix sensor incorporating on-chip phase-detection pixels for backwards compatibility with the firm’s 4:3 lenses.
While we’ve not analyze the performance of those earlier lenses on the E-M1, we have assessed the image quality of 33 models (more than 70% of the current range) using the native MFT mount.
Read onto find out which of those lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
The depth of high quality primes and zooms for the PEN is, arguably, the most compelling reason to invest in the Micro Four Thirds system over rival mirrorless camera offerings. If you’re already a PEN E-P5 owner or you’re looking for advice or insights in lens performance in advance, this guide will aid you in making the right choice. Read onto find out which lens models in the range perform best optically.
Introduced during 2011, the 24-Mpix Sony NEX-7 remains a high-watermark for mirrorless models despite recent introductions from rivals. We’ve now had the opportunity to measure the performance of this camera with a number of promising new lens models. Read on to see how well the combination of Sony’s high-resolution APS-C sensor and the very latest E-mount lenses perform.
Panasonic’s entry-level DMC GF6 sees a return to a more conventional control layout and adds several useful features including a touch-sensitive, tilting monitor and easy wireless connectivity with smart-phones via WiFi with NFC capability. The new camera also features a 16-Mpix sensor, but just how well does it perform in our labs?
The Micro 4:3 market is full of technology, each new generation apparently having some new enhancement, with a new, more superlative name. Panasonic is no different, but this new Lumix G VARIO 14-42 f3.5-5.6 II Asph. Mega OIS carries neither the ‘Power Zoom’, or the ‘Power O.I.S’; there are aspheric elements but no ED glass. Without all the latest refinements is it worth having at all? Yes, it is: well priced and punches above its weight.