Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X Zoom Review - Part 5 - Comparison with 14-42mm

Micro four-thirds users might be interested in this comparison between the 12-35mm f/2.8 lens and the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens bundled with most Panasonic cameras.

There is a zip file with these two full-size images which you can download here 

I've done this at the maximum aperture aperture on the 14-42mm lens since the 12-35mm has the obvious advantage with wider apertures at both ends. I did do more settings than this, but didn't upload them because the difference is almost exactly the same at all apertures. 

Obviusly, I used the same camera settings (ISO 160) on a G3 and identical raw processing using the programme default settings in ACR 7.1 in Photoshop CS6. In all cases the 12-35mm is slightly sharper. There is not a lot in it, but it is observable. Interestingly the 12-35mm does vignette slightly at f/2.8 but as you can see all but disappears at f/3.5. The 14-42mm does also exhibit some vignetting wide open. 

So the 12-35mm is faster, (slightly) sharper and much better built than the 14-42mm. But then at 10x the price it would be somewhat disappointing (to say the least) if it wasn't! Whether these differences are important enough for you to find the extra cash is obviously down to personal preference (and your bank balance!) 

Personally, I love the lens. Its a real one lens solution for me. Great to use and handle as far as I'm concerned. Now a 16MP Pen would be just what I need to use it on. How about one of those Olympus??

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