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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens

You Pay: $167.00
Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • 35mm Equivalent to 28-84mm
  • 52mm Filter Size
  • Continuous AF / AE Functionality
  • MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer)

The LUMIX G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens with a 35mm format focal length of 28-84mm is constructed with 12 elements in 9 groups and 1 aspherical lens to produce extremely sharp images with minimal fringing and color distortion across the entire focal range. It incorporates Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which employs gyro sensors built into the lens to suppress the blur caused by a shaky hand, and enables capturing clear and sharp images even in low-light situations.

Utilizing an inner-focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior optical design supports continuous high-speed contrast autofocus (AF) and autoexposure (AE) functions for both photos and movies of Lumix G and other Micro Four Thirds system cameras.

Continuous AF / AE function that supports for both photos and movies
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Panasonic's advanced hand-shake correction technology
Minimum focus distance of 1' (30 cm) over the entire zoom range
Contrast AF system support
Performance
Focal Length 14 - 42mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 84 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° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.16x
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. 2.39 x 2.50" (6.07 x 6.35 cm)
Weight 5.82 oz (165 g)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
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    PanasonicLumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
     
    3.9

    (based on 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (46)
    • Easily interchangeable (28)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (24)
    • Consistent output (14)
    • Easy to use (13)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (13)
    • Weak casing (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Everyday (9)
    • Video (9)
    • Wildlife photos (9)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (14), Professional (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (50), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Above average, but not excellent

    I bought an E-PL1s to use with a Metz Digital MS1 ring flash (can control the flash wirelessly). However the Olympus kit lens (14-42) has a rotating front element (No...Read complete review

    I bought an E-PL1s to use with a Metz Digital MS1 ring flash (can control the flash wirelessly). However the Olympus kit lens (14-42) has a rotating front element (No IF), therefore it could not be used with the Metz flash, so ended up purchasing thePanasonic 14-42 lens.

    This has IF (the front element does not rotate) and can be used with the Metz flash. Compared to the Olympus lens, it has the following advantages.
    1. 52mm filter size (vs 40.5 for the olympus): Can use regular sized filters
    2. The front element does not rotate: Can use polarising filters
    3. Has a hood and a case included in the price
    4. feels better built
    5. Do not have to extend the lens before use (although the Olympus is smaller because the lens can be locked in a shorter position), I preferred the Panasonic

    Disadvantages
    1. Cannot use built in mega-ois with an olympus body
    2. My subjective feeling is that the AF of the olympus lens was slightly faster, although most reviews of this lens suggested that the AF of the panasonic was faster. I guess they were testing AF on a panasonic body.

    I am quite happy with the lens. In any case, I did not have much choice as this is the only body and lens combination, that would work with the Metz ( or any ring flash). The newer version of the Olympus 14-42 is supposed to be an IF lens, however it is available only in Japan as of now.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad for the price.

    The price of this lens is it's best feature, picture quality is okay but nothing like the quality of the 20mm F1.7 pancake lens...

    I didn't experience any viginetting or distortion...Read complete review

    The price of this lens is it's best feature, picture quality is okay but nothing like the quality of the 20mm F1.7 pancake lens...

    I didn't experience any viginetting or distortion through the zoom range but found the lighter tones in the frame were lacking detail.

    When compared to my 20mm and 8mm fisheye, this lens isn't very sharp at all. It also lacks the quality feel of the other lenses - seeming almost toy-like.

    That being said, I don't lose any sleep using it in conditions that I'd hide my expensive glass from...

    Reviewed by 61 customers

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    4.0

    You get what you pay for

    By Video Producer

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in low light

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

    It's a good, cheap lens. Sure it's slow but...you get what you pay for. I bought it mostly to have *something* with image stabilization on my GH4. All my other lenses are Canon and I'm using a "dumb adapter" (no need for the Speedbooster yet). The lens is very lightweight. Overall I'm pleased with it.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great starter lens

    By Mike

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

      Great to start, but materials are a bit cheap. Cost is commensurate with quality, but works well.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Seems pretty good!

      By Mr. Pro Ice

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

            I bought this for my BMPCC only to find out that it won't talk to it until i update the lens' firmware. so that's kind of a bummer, but from what i'm able to see it looks pretty good for the price. looking forward to getting it updated and taking it out in the field!

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            5.0

            What amazing lens!

            By JVE

            from Annapolis

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

            This lens is really nice!

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            4.0

            no slouch

            By JRG SHOOTER

            from EUROPE

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

              good standard kit lens and no slouch, gets the job done.

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              5.0

              Great

              By Zeca

              from Greenbelt, MD

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

              Nice experience buying on line at B&H. Certainly I will recommend.

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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA LENS, GREAT

              By JOHNAVATAR.

              from Santa Monica, CA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                B&H Delivered again, excellent service! I've been buying from B&H for a while now, lots of stuff.First, a little background... I'm an expert Engineer/Editor/Producer (not a DP) at FILM/TV Production and Post Production, for Record Systems, Digital Media, SAN's/Storage, Networks (IT basics), Edit Systems for Picture and Sound. Visit my LInkedIn Profile to see some of the projects I've worked on, search ---- LinkedIn Oh----, I also know Pro Tools.I bought the BMPCC to shoot my own projects with a Studio Quality, Cinematic Look and learn how to do that, with an extremely low budget... I bought this lens as a starter lens and it is EXCELLENT!It has turned out to be an excellent lens, for professionals as well! This lens includes image stabilize, Auto Iris/Exposure and Auto Focus.... all using the IRIS and FOCUS buttons on the back of the BMPCCConnect with me on LinkedIn (John Avatar / Robert Moore), or visit my website and I'll tell you more (JohnAvatar--).AND... I also am an App Developer, 16 App's on the ------ now - John Avatar.------------------

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                4.0

                small but sufficient

                By Lucas de GAMBOX

                from Córdoba, Argentina

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Very Small

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                  Excellent lens to start

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great value

                  By Joe S.

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Affordable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great in Tight Spaces
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                    general use

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    4 stars for what it is

                    By Ray

                    from NY, NJ, PA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Ois

                    Cons

                    • A Little Over Priced
                    • Doesn't Seem Durable

                    Best Uses

                    • On Gimbal
                    • On Steadycam
                    • Outside Daylight

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                    Only use it for video on the Gh4 and it does a good job, just doesn't let much light in (but its not $+ either) the O.I.S. seems great, better than my Sony 30mm 1.8 on the FS700I am used to much more expensive Nikon lenses and the plastic lens mount kinda scares me but I did buy this for the Gh4 to go on a brushless gimbal so the SUPER light weight is a bonus Not much to say, its a nice tiny lens but a little over priced for what it is

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                    • No

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                    2.0

                    Optic for noobies.

                    By Amau

                    from Xalapa, Veracruz, México.

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Optics

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                    This a default lens that I will sell eventually, but the work is done in a camera like the BMPCC. It`s design it`s cute and it`s size is small compared to the ones of Canon or Nikon, but the shaprness of the image is not the best. That is what you can expect at the price of the lens.

                    But as a conclusion, it does the job and really well.

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Decent, entry level for GH4

                    By Lynx Video

                    from Sacramento, California

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                      Does what it should do.... specialized ranges to come from my Nikon collection.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      It does what it's supposed to do.

                      By Bluespider

                      from California

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                        Keep in mind when you buy a lens at this price don't expect it to perform like a 50,000 lens. It does what it's supposed to do. Clean image, does the job and no complaints...as of yet. I only had it for a month. Who knows 5 months from now it could break or works as it did from day one.

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                        5.0

                        "Don't judge a book by its cover"

                        By vz

                        from reno nv

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                          "Don't judge a book by its cover"

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Perfect For My Needs

                          By Jackie Chan

                          from Utah

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Short Films

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                            I use this product as my main lens for all of my short films. The quality of this lens is spectacular, I'm starting to fall in love with Lumix again after this. The zoom is electronic as well as the focus (an infinite focus mind you) and that makes it all the better as I can click it onto a camera and hit the autofocus button for those minute-to-get-it shots. You know what I mean, like those thirty second snowfalls that multiplies a shot's production value. Overall I really like this lens.

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                            3.0

                            Good value for the kit price

                            By faburaya

                            from São Paulo, SP, Brasil

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Poor Design

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                            I use it when I travel or in ocasional shooting when hanging around. It has great image quality considering the low price when it comes in the kit (+ Lumix G3 body).

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                            3.0

                            Decent optics, cheap zoom ring

                            By Former pro

                            from Madison, WI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • 52mm Filter Size
                            • Adequately Sharp
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Stiff zoom ring

                            Best Uses

                            • General Photos

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                            The optical quality of this lens is fine for this price point. However, the smoothness of the zoom ring is lacking. It is stiff and jerky making it impossible to make fine zoom adjustments.

                            All other aspects of this lens are fine.

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                            4.0

                            Decent kit lens for enthusiast photos

                            By Just another Joe

                            from Austin, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Jerky zoom
                            • Poor in Low Light
                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Impromptu Shoots
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                            I use mostly legacy Minolta lenses with my Micro Four-Thirds cameras, but I wanted at least one versatile dedicated µ4/3 lens, so I could take advantage of autofocus and full program mode in situations that would not allow me the time or attention to handle shooting manual. I purchased this lens when it was on special. Considering even the standard price, and the fact this is designed to be a kit lens, not a professional's right hand, it has performed well and met all my expectations. There have been numerous times that I have been very glad to have it.

                            The outer construction is plastic, including the zoom and focus rings. The zoom is easy to turn, and not at all smooth; it feels like plastic on plastic. If you zoom while taking video, you will end up with steps in the footage, as well as the sliding sound. For still photos, however, I do not find this to be a problem, and I have no trouble getting the zoom where I want it -- it just isn't smooth getting there.

                            In terms of optical quality and clarity, it performs well for lenses of its class. Its pictures are not either noticeably sharp or soft. The color rendition seems a little dull, but it is by no means bad. Mine came free from internal dust and blemishes.

                            For me, the biggest limitation of this lens is the small aperture. I would use this lens a good deal more if it were "faster," but I do not complain; I knew this when I bought it. Practically every other kit wide-mid zoom I've seen is f/3.5-5.6 as well, and anything faster costs easily twice as much.

                            I would recommend this lens to someone starting to shoot µ4/3 who only wants one lens, at least to start out with. However, I would also recommend that they consider the other µ4/3 selections carefully, too, and I would heartily exhort them to look into the wide variety of good manual legacy lenses that can be adapted to µ4/3, sometimes for much cheaper.

                            In conclusion, I am glad I have this lens. Paired with my cameras, it is the limiting factor, and I can get much more out of them paired with pro Minolta glass, but I can't sling focus fast enough to catch that deer leaping over the fence, and that's a fact.

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                            5.0

                            "Would recommend to colleagues"

                            By Llyod

                            from Houston, Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean
                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                            General photography
                            Light weight. Sharpness. great Color saturation

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                            2.0

                            Cheap kit lens

                            By Anonymous

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens:

                                  The optical quality is acceptable for a cheap kit lens, but the build quality is very bad. I would especially like to mention the zoom control, which is not smooth at all and impossible to use during video recording.

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