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Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System

B&H # PA145038 Mfr # L-RS014050
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The Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Leica D Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens is an interchangeable standard-zoom lens, developed by Leica exclusively for digital SLR cameras, and follows the Four Thirds Standard. This means that the lens is also interchangeable with other manufacturers that use this format.

By incorporating the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature and 2 aspherical and 2 ED elements, this lens makes it possible to capture clear, sharp images, edge to edge, even in macro shooting or low-lit situations. This provides users with a wide range of shooting flexibility.

Aspherical & ED Lenses
Two aspherical lens elements help the lens meet Leica's extremely high optical performance standards. They help capture images that are clear from corner to corner across the entire zoom range, with minimal distortion. Two ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses reduce chromatic aberration to an absolute minimum.
Multi-Coated
Multi-coated lens elements reduce ghosting and flare to an absolute minimum, enabling the lens to deliver an optical performance that meets Leica's lofty standards.
Minimum Focus Distance
Its minimum focus distance of 11.4" (29cm), even at full zoom, provides a maximum magnification of 0.42x (35mm equivalent). This combines with Mega O.I.S. hand-shake correction to let you capture outstanding macro shots even at the telephoto end, without using a tripod.
Circular Aperture
7-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics.
Four Thirds Standard Lens Mount
Use of the Four Thirds Standard means that this lens can also be used with other manufacturers that have adopted this digital camera standard.
Performance
Focal Length 14 - 50mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 100 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.8 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Four Thirds
Angle of View 75° - 24°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.42" (29 cm)
Magnification 0.42x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 15/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.66" (7.37 x 9.30 cm)
Weight 15.31 oz (434 g)
Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System
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  • 1-Year U.S.A. Warranty
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    Panasonic14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System
     
    5.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (4)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Weddings (3)
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      5.0

      Exellent value for the money

      By Cotton Hans

      from Sao Paulo - SP - Brayil

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System:

        Bought this lens based on reviews from B&H clients and I must say their evaluation is correct: a first class lens.
        Hans Joerg Rueckriem

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        5.0

        great lens

        By western runner

        from los angeles, ca

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System:

          i just received this lens and its amazing. i've seen very little info about this lens from review sites, and comparing reviews between this 4/3 and pany's m4/3 14-45 kit led me to believe they would be similar, but that is not the case. this lens is sharper, with better contrast and though spec'ed to be slightly slower, seems faster on my gh1. i would say it rivals the 20mm and 14mm pancakes in sharpness, both primes that i shoot extensively with. really glad i picked it up. though 2x bigger than the m4/3 kit, this will be my main walk around lens going forward. i see why they put the leica name on it - definitely a step above.

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          5.0

          A great lens that met all expectations!

          By Seakayaker

          from Seattle, WA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System:

          I use the Leica 14-50mm Vario-Elmar lens with my GF1.

          The lens combined with the GF1 has produced beautiful photos.

          I would not hesitate to recommend this lens.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharp , Sharp , Outstanding !!!

          By QT ENTERPRISES

          from LOS ANGELES

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Razor Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Aperture

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System:

          I must start by stating this lens is as sharp as the Olympus 12-60 mm F2.8-4 ED SWD. The images produced with are simply superb. I have used both lens and preffer the Lecia. If you desire razor sharp images from a lens, this is a must have for all 4/3 users. The flare and chromatic abrreation control are outstanding. The image stablilation producted sharp images at 1/6 of a second. The optics of this lens are truly amazing !!!

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          5.0

          Very Underrated. Leica R Quality

          By Noel

          from Melbourne Australia

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          Comments about Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System:

          This lens is mounted on my L10. I compared this lens to a Leica R 28-90mm Asph mounted on an R6 with Fuji Provia 400X film.
          This lens was sharper faster and produced an image every bit as good and better than its mega expensive R lens cousin of equivalent focal length.

          The image stabilization makes up for the slow speed and can be used hand held even in low light down to 1/10th of a second with minimal (read not noticeable) blur.

          The Panasonic L10 platform it comes with relies heavily on its Silkypix software. Together both camera, lens and software can produce magical images that are as good as any print film and gives slide film a real run for its money. Don't pass this lens up because of its slow speed, it will taken on f2.8 lenses with aplomb. Try it.

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