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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens

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  • For Lumix Models DMC-GF1, DMC-GH1, DMC-G1 Digital Cameras

Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens is a standard zoom lens designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds System cameras. Its zoom range of 14 - 45mm (28 - 90mm in 35mm equivalent) is a good choice for a variety of subjects including landscapes and portraits. It has 1 Aspherical lens element which minimizes distortion at all focal lengths. Plus, it supports Panasonic's contrast AF system for accurate and fast image capture.

Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. Optical Image Stabilizer helps keep photos sharp when your camera is handheld and in low light situations. It also has 7 aperture blades which deliver smooth-looking out-of-focus areas of your photos. This lens has a compact size of 2.63" (60mm) and weighs only 6.88 oz (195 g).

Based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard
MEGA O.I.S. is Panasonic's advanced Optical Image Stabilizer technology
1 Aspherical lens to reduce aberration
Contrast AF system support
7-blade, circular aperture diaphragm produces softness in out-of-focus areas of your photos
Multi-coated lens elements reduce ghosts and flare
Performance
Focal Length 14 - 45mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 90 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 75° - 27°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.00' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.17x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.36 x 2.36" (5.99 x 5.99 cm)
Weight 6.88 oz (195 g)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Parts/90-Days Labor U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (38)

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      (32)

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      (5)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (27)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
    • Easily interchangeable (24)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Compact (21)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (11)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Shooting outdoors (19)
    • Video (15)
    • Weddings (10)
    • Shooting indoors (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Tech savvy (17), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (7), Technically challenged (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Standard Micro 4/3 Zoom

    I can hardly fault this lens. Its sharp except in the very corners where there is a hint of softness wide open. It focuses fast and accurately, the colours are pleasant, CA is...Read complete review

    I can hardly fault this lens. Its sharp except in the very corners where there is a hint of softness wide open. It focuses fast and accurately, the colours are pleasant, CA is there but is a small fraction of what you would expect to see, the micro-contrast is excellent and there macro contrast has a good balance.
    For the price point, this lens represents excellent value for money. Compared to the Olympus 14-42 11 R which I owned briefly, there is no comparison.
    Both lenses tested on an Olympus Pen E-PM2

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Loud Lens but Nice Image for Price

    I use this lens to shoot documentaries and commercials. The price is right for the image quality, thought it might be wise to invest in a nicer, more expensive lens - too bad...Read complete review

    I use this lens to shoot documentaries and commercials. The price is right for the image quality, thought it might be wise to invest in a nicer, more expensive lens - too bad they don't make many that fit the ag-af100 micro 4/3rds. The lens is also rather loud! Not the best for zooming or documentaries. Not a good low-light lens, obviously. It is pretty wide though and that's nice!

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    4.0

    A safe starter option

    By JohnnyKaboom

    from Billings, MT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Studio Filming
    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

    Using this on a Panasonic Lumix GH4 for video it is an adequate lens. It really suffers in low light and is limited in the field due to the manual focus and zoom. If you understand this comming in howerver, this is a perfectly acceptable lens it lets you do nice studio work while capturing a real powerful image. For the price point this is a great lens to test out mirrorless filming and I would reccomend this product before dropping a $ or more on a more advanced product.

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    5.0

    AMAZING!

    By Jettster

    from Minnesota

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

    I use this lens with my Panasonic GH4. It works great! This is my first lens and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is just starting off!

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    5.0

    Consistently very good

    By John the Shooter

    from Maine

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Image quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

      I use this on my OMD EM5. The colors and sharpness are reliably good. Autofocus is fine. I use this one for landscapes and walk around shots. I reach for it a lot, and I never thought I would because I've had similar midrange zooms (Canon 24-105) that were boring. The 14mm-45mm f/3.5-5.6 is a trusty lens. I'll use it until I wear it out.

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      5.0

      Very pleased.

      By Lane

      from South Carolina

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

            I got this to be used as a value zoom lens with OIS and I have not been disappointed. The image is nice and it has a decent weight to it. Works well with my BMPCC.

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            4.0

            Good Quality

            By CoolioBro

            from San Diego

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

            This lens has served me well, and i got it here for an amazinf price! So far no issues, though it was definitely smaller than i expected. Overall good buy.

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            5.0

            Best Standard Micro 4/3 Zoom

            By MalcolmL

            from New Zealand

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

              I can hardly fault this lens. Its sharp except in the very corners where there is a hint of softness wide open. It focuses fast and accurately, the colours are pleasant, CA is there but is a small fraction of what you would expect to see, the micro-contrast is excellent and there macro contrast has a good balance.
              For the price point, this lens represents excellent value for money. Compared to the Olympus 14-42 11 R which I owned briefly, there is no comparison.
              Both lenses tested on an Olympus Pen E-PM2

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good Lens, Good Value

              By Grant

              from Louisville, KY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                  This lens seems to be a good value and it is getting me pretty clean images most of the time. I like the stabilization... I am still learning to use my camera and just getting to know the lens. While I would like to have the 12-35 GX Vario lens, this costs a fraction of the price with a similar range and probably 85-90% of the quality.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Clarity

                  By JohnLW

                  from South Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                    For a moderately-priced lens, this one works quite well. Images are sharp and clear. No evidence of "Shutter Shock." I use it with my Panasonic GH4 camera.

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                    (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good lens but very small

                    By Ryan G

                    from Buffalo, New York

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                      The lens is amazing don't get me wrong but I am slightly disappointed by the size of it. It's not a huge deal but it just makes your camera look less professional and if you have bigger hands the focus ring may be hard to use.

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                      4.0

                      Bang for Buck

                      By Dale

                      from Australia

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        I have been using this lens on my black magic pocket camera for travel. For it's price it is brilliant. It's range of zoom makes it quite versatile and the OIS does a good job of removing small shakes during hand held recording.
                        A pixel watching fanatic will notice some quality artifacts but, again, for the price it is produces excellent picture quality.

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                        5.0

                        Great service and lens

                        By Larry

                        from Bermuda

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        The sales rep was very patient with me as I looked at this lens and others. Turned out it was a good choice and the sales rep was excellent.

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                        5.0

                        great lens with valued price

                        By Ray

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        It is better than my expectation.
                        It focuses fast and silent and also has OIS function with quite. Manual forcus is another pleasure.

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                        4.0

                        Awesome!

                        By Dave T

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        I love this product; crystal clear images. The only tiny drawback is the movement is a little noisy.

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                        4.0

                        Should be the kit lens

                        By ChuckP

                        from Boulder, CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • External Ois Switch
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Sharpness And Color
                        • Metal Mounting Ring
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • NONE
                        • Poor macro

                        Best Uses

                        • Good Walk-around Lens
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        My GX-1 came with the now-ubiquitous 14-42 which, upon testing, proved to be good but not excellent. I finally broke down and got the 14-45 at twice the price, which is superior in sharpness, color rendition, fringing, etc. It's only a little bit (8%-9%) better, but it make all the difference. I should have just bought the body and lens separately. I don't see why any manufacturer would supply a kit lens that is not up to the level of the sensor in the camera, but it seems to be the norm these days. Remember when the 50mm lens that came standard on film cameras was often one of the sharpest available?

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                        3.0

                        Viable within its limitations

                        By cseeman

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Some distortion on edges
                        • Very Slow On Telephoto

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoor Family Photos

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        I tested with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
                        The OIS worked well because it has the switch on the camera for compatibility.

                        The issues were some slight distortion on edges.
                        The lens isn't fast and it's not constant aperture so on the Telephoto end it's only f5.6 which is slow.

                        It's OK for a budget lens but i finally opted for the 12-35 f2.8 constant aperture lens for what I needed.

                        Don't get me wrong, it's a decent budget kit lens. It's fairly small and light as well. It's not the lens if you're a professional with demanding clients.

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                        4.0

                        Beautiful, manual zoom

                        By Todd C

                        from San Diego, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Manual Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                        Wonderful lens, better than the 14-42 kit lens that comes with the Panny GX1. I use this lens, the 45-175 zoom and 25mm prime as my main arsenal. The only lens I have used that is better in this range is the 12-35mm gx vario f2.8, but 20% of the price, this lens performs very well!

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                        5.0

                        Works good

                        By On a cruise

                        from the state that says "Isn't Texas cute."

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                          No problems

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good kit lens

                          By Victor

                          from Champaign, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                            The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is a simple and versatile kit lens for the Panasonic G series mirrorless cameras.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            exceeds expectations

                            By camerazz

                            from Denver Co.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bottom Line Great Result
                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                              In the short time I have had the 14-45 lens, I have taken quite a few photos
                              of various subjects and under different light conditions. The color and
                              detail never cease to amaze me. The lens is on a Panasonic G5 and they
                              seem to be an excellent match up. After reading some reviews that said
                              the lens did not do well under low light situations, I am pleased and a bit
                              surprised the results are not bad at all. After packing around a Nikon D90
                              I think the images I am getting with the Panasonic G5 and the 14-45 lens
                              are as good or better and is a pleasure to carry. No buyers remorse here.

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                              4.0

                              Good for the money

                              By dhovell

                              from annapolis, md

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light
                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Video

                                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds Lens:

                                This is a perfecly function, kit lens. It has a usable focal length range, stays crisp on both ends but could be quicker. A little slow and therefore the AF doesn't work as well in low light. Not a problem, manual focus works well and is simple to use. Overall a clear, cleaqn lens

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