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| p.1 #2 · OM-D E-M5 - Which kit lens? 12-50 OR 14-42 |
I own both. Neither lens is particularly stunning optically, though both are decent. The 14-42 might be slightly sharper in the overlapping range, but I find the weathersealing, extra 2mm on the wide end and extra 8mm on the long end to tip the scales in favor of the 12-50. The 12-50's macro mode is also quite good, though slow (it becomes a fixed 43mm f/6.0 in macro mode). Macro mode won't go to 1:1, but it gets very close to 2:1, so isn't too far off what a 1:1 macro on full frame can capture, and it's not bad optically in macro mode either.
I tend to use primes around that range, with the rather excellent 12/2, 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 25/1.4 and 45/1.8 all running in this range, you get far better image quality and a much wider aperture, though you'll spend more money and not get the convenience of the zoom.
FWIW, I haven't used the little 14-42 since I got the 12-50, but the 14-42 is a lot more compact, so that may make it more desirable depending on your priorities.