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    Question New member - introduction & lens question

    Hi everyone

    I've only recently learned of the existence of this site. I've been reading some of the threads in the four thirds forum, because as my take-with-me-on-my-Triumph camera, I bought an E-420 with the 14-54 lens and a monopod. My main camera is a 40D.

    I first learned something about photography when I was in the Air Force in the sixties. I bought an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, and learned to develop black-and-white film, and make prints. After I got out and had no more access to a darkroom, I shot mostly color slides. I got better than a casual snapshooter, but nothing very advanced.

    A few years ago I got a digital P&S and enjoyed it, and a couple years ago I got an XTi, then later upgraded to the 40D.

    Now the question:
    Have any of you tried the Panasonic/Leica 14-150 f2.8 - 3.5 Mega OIS lens? I did, and found it to be decidedly inferior in overall IQ, including at least color and sharpness, to the Zuiko 14-54. Since I bought it from B&H and had it shipped to me, and they don't stock them but rather order them from Germany when they receive an order, I didn't even inquire whether I might exchange it for another copy to see if I simply got a lemon. That's such a good focal length range, and the OIS works, that it's a shame the lens didn't perform, and I wonder if anyone else had similar or different experience with it.

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    You'll get better results with a single post..this one is duplicated in two categories.

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bhakti-rider View Post
    Hi everyone


    Now the question:
    Have any of you tried the Panasonic/Leica 14-150 f2.8 - 3.5 Mega OIS lens? I did, and found it to be decidedly inferior in overall IQ, including at least color and sharpness, to the Zuiko 14-54. Since I bought it from B&H and had it shipped to me, and they don't stock them but rather order them from Germany when they receive an order, I didn't even inquire whether I might exchange it for another copy to see if I simply got a lemon. That's such a good focal length range, and the OIS works, that it's a shame the lens didn't perform, and I wonder if anyone else had similar or different experience with it.
    You may have gotten a bad copy as I haven't heard anyone saying the lens was problematic in any way. I think one or two people on the forum have tried it. So, perhaps they can help. If yours is a problem maybe you can make that case to B&H and they will help out. If not then I would call Panasonic.

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    If it is less than a month since you purchased it, I would contact B+H. If it is past the return period, Panasonic should stand behind the lens. I agree with what Terry said. I have never heard anything bad about this lens, either.

    .... and welcome to the forum.

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    I have had a 14-150mm OIS lens for some time now - couldn't be happier with it, and have no problem with sharpness or colour.

    Kind Regards

    Brian

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    i dont have that lens, but anyway welcome to the forum

    does your Triumph look like this ?


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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    Thanks for the welcome.

    I did send it back to B&H after a couple days; they refunded my money with no questions asked. I sure wish I could find a copy of this lens locally to test, but no one has it; even B&H, as I mentioned, doesn't stock them, but orders them to fill their own orders.

    Riley:
    No, mine looks like this:

    Hmmm... I uploaded an image, but this being my first attempt to do so here, I don't know what to expect. I see it didn't insert into the text I'm typing; perhaps it'll show after I submit this reply... I guess I'll learn something here.

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    Re: New member - introduction & lens question

    I want one of those
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