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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
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 70 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (34)

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      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (9)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Shooting outdoors (19)
    • Video (12)
    • Weddings (9)
    • Shooting indoors (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Tech savvy (17), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (5), Technically challenged (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Get a ZOOM

    Makes nice clear photos. The zoom hits the sweet spot for 96% of my photos--wide angle to semi-tele. The lens comes with a snap on hood. What I mean is, you...Read complete review

    Makes nice clear photos. The zoom hits the sweet spot for 96% of my photos--wide angle to semi-tele. The lens comes with a snap on hood. What I mean is, you insert it and turn 1/4 turn until it snaps into place. Handy, and it fits OVER filters and the lens cap, iE none of these interferes with the other. BTW it comes with a lens cap and a rear lens cap, as well as the hood. The hood is reversible, so you can store it on the lens backwards. Oh yeah - the lens comes with a storage pouch. Glad I didn't buy the f1.4 25mm---I wouldn't have the wide angle, and I would have to switch lenses.

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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

    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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          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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                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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                      5.0

                      The Original is the Best

                      By M4/3 downsizer

                      from Vancouver, BC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Construction
                      • Handy Switch For Ois
                      • 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:

                          Got the 14-42 as a kit with Lumix G5. Always felt something is lacking in picture quality when compared to shots thru the Lumi 20.

                          Debated about getting pretty well the same lens with the 14-45.

                          IT'S NOT THE SAME LENS !

                          Made in Japan, much smoother zoom (still not as slick as the new 45-150), metal mount....

                          Do real justice to the wonderful G5.

                          Only problem now....what to do with the 14-42..:-(

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                          5.0

                          Good cost-benefit ratio zoom

                          By Parnelli

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Very good Image Quality

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          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:

                          Multiple user field reports and standard lens tests confirm that this is a very fine kit zoom if you can put up with the inevitably slow (and variable) maximum apertures that come with such lenses. Its a great general purpose lens. (Shallow depth of field and "nice bokeh" generally isn't too important to me and besides I have other lenses for those effects.) For static subjects in low light, the OM-D's in-camera image stabilization works beautifully, allowing good quality 45mm (90mm FF-equivalent) hand-held pictures taken at 1/8th of a second (when using the EVF). Those with steadier hands might manage 1/4th of a second. This feature provides a great "work around" the slow maximum aperture in many settings.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent lens ! - after one year.

                          By Augustin

                          from Ro.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            For the price is a excellent lens. Sharp, good color and contrast, very good OIS, good construction.

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                            5.0

                            Nice little zoom lens

                            By sy

                            from colorado

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • OIS
                            • Sharpness

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

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

                              It's sharp, and produces decent color as well. It focuses fast and silent. OIS is very quiet. Af first I didn't know if it's really working or not. The plastic body feels a little flimsy and is a bit too big to be pocketable with G3, but so far I'm more than satisfied.

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                              4.0

                              Get a ZOOM

                              By Richio

                              from Aiken, SC- horse capital of the state

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              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:

                                Makes nice clear photos. The zoom hits the sweet spot for 96% of my photos--wide angle to semi-tele. The lens comes with a snap on hood. What I mean is, you insert it and turn 1/4 turn until it snaps into place. Handy, and it fits OVER filters and the lens cap, iE none of these interferes with the other. BTW it comes with a lens cap and a rear lens cap, as well as the hood. The hood is reversible, so you can store it on the lens backwards. Oh yeah - the lens comes with a storage pouch. Glad I didn't buy the f1.4 25mm---I wouldn't have the wide angle, and I would have to switch lenses.

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                                2.0

                                sharp lens but slow

                                By shooter

                                from boston

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  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 is very sharp, but it's f-stop rating is off by about 1.5 stops as compared to a canon 35mm lens. maybe that's the nature of these micro 4/3 lenses, but i found an f4 on this to be about a 5.6-8 split on my canon 17-40mm. and the light loss is very apparent when zooming in. i'm returning the lens. though it's inexpensive, it's just not that useful.

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