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Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Lightest Single Focal Length Lens
  • 28mm Wide Angle (35mm Camera Equivalent)
  • Fast, Bright F2.5 Maximum Aperture
  • 3 Aspherical Lenses for Superb Quality
  • High-Speed, Silent Contrast AF
  • Circular Aperture Diaphragm
  • Multi-Coated Lens Elements
  • Durable Metal Mount
  • Compatible W/ Lumix G Micro 4/3 Cameras

A great advantage of Micro Four Thirds cameras is their small size and weight, but to maintain that advantage, you need small, light lenses. This wide-angle Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens (28mm equivalent in 35mm) is about as small and light as you can get in this format--it has a diameter of just 2.19", length of 0.81" (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) and it weighs a mere 1.94 oz.

And what a lens! It features 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses, a fast f/2.5 maximum aperture, and uses 7 diaphragm blades to form a circular aperture diaphragm. It has an angle of view of 75° and focuses to 7" (18 cm). This lens is compatible with Lumix G Micro Four Thirds cameras.

The world's lightest slim interchangeable single focal length lens
28mm wide angle (35mm camera equivalent) and F2.5 brightness
3 aspherical lenses for a superb optical performance in compact size
High-speed, silent Contrast AF for both photos and movies with inner focus drive system
Circular aperture diaphragm
Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare
Durable metal mount
Performance
Focal Length 14mm
Comparable Focal Length: 28 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 75°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.09" (18 cm)
Magnification 0.1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.19 x 0.81" (5.56 x 2.06 cm)
Weight 1.94 oz (55 g)
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

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      (4)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (46)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
    • Easily interchangeable (26)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Durable (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (34)
      • Low light (24)
      • Night photography (13)
      • Weddings (11)
      • Video (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (5), Professional (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The Original Must-Have

      The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens sits in the shadow of two Micro Four-Thirds legends. On the wide-angle front, the Olympus 12mm f/2 sets the standard for image quality. But it's a...Read complete review

      The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens sits in the shadow of two Micro Four-Thirds legends. On the wide-angle front, the Olympus 12mm f/2 sets the standard for image quality. But it's a premium lens, so it probably doesn't drive anyone away from the 14mm. On the pancake front, the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 steals a lot of the 14mm's thunder.

      If you're here reading reviews about the 14mm, you're probably aware of the 20mm. Either you already have it, and wonder what the 14mm offers; or you're deciding between the 20mm, the 14mm, and maybe something else, and you want to know how they compare.

      I have owned both the 14mm and the 20mm at the same time. The 14mm was actually my first m43 prime, and I fell in love with its field of view and its contrast. I bought the 20mm a few months later hoping, basically, for a faster, narrower version of the 14mm.

      The 20mm was a bit sharper, but it never replaced the 14mm as my default daily lens. Wide-angle photography was challenging to me, but after several months of using the 14mm almost exclusively, I found that I preferred it to a normal focal length. Almost all of my best shots of 2012 were shot with this gem.

      Its strengths: It's ridiculously small. Most of the year, it allows me to stash my camera in a coat or jacket pocket.

      It's fast. f/2.5 is nothing to sneeze at. It's noticably brighter than the kit lens indoors. While it's not really a "low light" lens, you're not going to need to whip out the flash very often.

      Autofocus performance is snappy. This is one area where the 20mm disappointed me. The 14mm can lock onto a moving target quickly.

      It produces gorgeous photographs. I'm not a pixel-peeper for the most part, and I don't know exactly what makes colors and shadows go POP!, but the 14mm does it.

      Its weaknesses: Don't expect subject isolation. The depth of field is deep. This is great for environmental portraits, and what Bryan Peterson calls "storytelling" shots. Nobody's going to gush about the 14mm's creamy bokeh. I don't consider this a "weakness," but it's always something that people talk about, so it's worth setting expectations.

      It's not a super-sharp lens. I think it's sharp enough for beautiful shots, but if you're coming from the 20mm, you might find this to be a weakness. For me, everything else makes up for it.

      It's probably not a great nighttime street lens. I'm not a street shooter, but I don't think the f/2.5 would be up to that sort of task.

      Overall, I highly recommend the 14mm.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      You bought it for size, right?

      This lens is okay - not great and I am not sure how it is earning glowing reviews. The good: it's extremely small, quiet and the color rendition is good. The bad:...Read complete review

      This lens is okay - not great and I am not sure how it is earning glowing reviews. The good: it's extremely small, quiet and the color rendition is good. The bad: Chromatic Aberrations are extremely bad and extremely hard to clean up - this is not of course as much of an issue with my GH2 but with my Olympus it is. Purple fringing also there and difficult to eliminate. I find the sharpness okay in the middle, not excellent, and the edges (even stopped down) merely okay. I think the cheap kit lenses do a better job than this lens at 14mm, both the Panasonic and Oly versions, except at f2.5 of course.

      ...however this lens is exceptionally small and pancakes aren't always used for their image quality. Size matters.

      This lens is not in the same league as the Panny 20 1.7 with the exception of size and build quality.

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      4.0

      Great little lens

      By Native Notion

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

        This lens is very small and light. I use it on my gh4 for both photo and video. Have gotten some great landscape shots with it. The continual auto focus seems very fast when shooting video. I would say faster than the 20mm.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Joe

        from CT

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

        Great lens for black magic pocket cinema. Very lightweight & compact.

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        5.0

        everything perfect

        By Paula A

        from Brazil

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

          great help from seller

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          • No

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          5.0

          Small but nice

          By Tim

          from Ohio

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

          Nice compliment to the 20mm 1.7.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          When you need to go light!

          By Matt the hatter

          from Georgia

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Traveling

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

            I use the lens on a GH2 mounted to a gimbal on a DJI Hexacopter. Its light weigh and wide angle is perfect for aerial videography

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for the price

            By shane

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

              I bought the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 for my Blackmagic Pocket camera because I do not own any other micro 4/3 mount lenses. We bought this lens so that we can fly it on our freefly cinestar 8. Great build quality, sharp and its fast enough for what we shoot.

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              5.0

              Great affordable lens

              By kdSeth

              from Pittsburgh, Pa.

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                I use this for wide shots w/ my BMPC and it works great. No visible warping of any sort. Focus and iris both work great in compatibility with the on cam controls. The lens has a great depth of field when focused near or far. Only issue would be that the focus ring rotates endlessly, although much more expensive lenses do as well. However it doesn't take much rotation to focus throughout its range.

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                4.0

                Excellent performance for the price

                By JM

                from Seattle

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                  This lens is a great performer for street photography. I use it on my OMD EM5 and it produces excellent results. Having the minimum aperture of 2.5 is an advantage when shooting in P mode because you have a greater chance of getting multiple subjects at varying depths in focus. Focus is super fast and the output is very sharp. My only complaint is the chromatic aberration, which I hear is corrected in Panasonic cameras but not in Olympus cameras. Wow, is it ever noticable in bright light. Easy enough to fix in Lightroom. I suppose you get what you pay for. This is a great compact lens for your kit.

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                  4.0

                  Nice small lens

                  By Clear vision, no sight

                  from Portland, OR

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Just Fine

                  Cons

                  • Unimpressive Looking

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                  It was more than I though it would be.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good, not great

                  By bartman

                  from Auburn

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                    Nice to have a dedicated wide lens for the Panny, but 2.5 is only 'OK'. Love the size, quality's not bad, but it's not a '5 star' lens. Too bad, I sent it back. The kit lens is only a stop slower (though bigger).

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                    5.0

                    Great little lens.

                    By Eric W.

                    from Mebane, NC

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                      I use this as an everyday walk around lens. Initially I purchased it over the Lumix 20mm because of it's compact size, but I use it more than the 14-42mm kit lens and my 40-150mm zoom because of it's fantastic image quality. Focus speed is great. Great build quality and while superficial combined with the E-PL5 it is a great looking set up. Not really a complaint, but it would be perfect if it was f1.7 like the 20mm. But considered by itself it is a great compromise.

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                      4.0

                      The Original Must-Have

                      By Chysn

                      from Metro Detroit, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Environmental Portraits
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                        The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens sits in the shadow of two Micro Four-Thirds legends. On the wide-angle front, the Olympus 12mm f/2 sets the standard for image quality. But it's a premium lens, so it probably doesn't drive anyone away from the 14mm. On the pancake front, the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 steals a lot of the 14mm's thunder.

                        If you're here reading reviews about the 14mm, you're probably aware of the 20mm. Either you already have it, and wonder what the 14mm offers; or you're deciding between the 20mm, the 14mm, and maybe something else, and you want to know how they compare.

                        I have owned both the 14mm and the 20mm at the same time. The 14mm was actually my first m43 prime, and I fell in love with its field of view and its contrast. I bought the 20mm a few months later hoping, basically, for a faster, narrower version of the 14mm.

                        The 20mm was a bit sharper, but it never replaced the 14mm as my default daily lens. Wide-angle photography was challenging to me, but after several months of using the 14mm almost exclusively, I found that I preferred it to a normal focal length. Almost all of my best shots of 2012 were shot with this gem.

                        Its strengths: It's ridiculously small. Most of the year, it allows me to stash my camera in a coat or jacket pocket.

                        It's fast. f/2.5 is nothing to sneeze at. It's noticably brighter than the kit lens indoors. While it's not really a "low light" lens, you're not going to need to whip out the flash very often.

                        Autofocus performance is snappy. This is one area where the 20mm disappointed me. The 14mm can lock onto a moving target quickly.

                        It produces gorgeous photographs. I'm not a pixel-peeper for the most part, and I don't know exactly what makes colors and shadows go POP!, but the 14mm does it.

                        Its weaknesses: Don't expect subject isolation. The depth of field is deep. This is great for environmental portraits, and what Bryan Peterson calls "storytelling" shots. Nobody's going to gush about the 14mm's creamy bokeh. I don't consider this a "weakness," but it's always something that people talk about, so it's worth setting expectations.

                        It's not a super-sharp lens. I think it's sharp enough for beautiful shots, but if you're coming from the 20mm, you might find this to be a weakness. For me, everything else makes up for it.

                        It's probably not a great nighttime street lens. I'm not a street shooter, but I don't think the f/2.5 would be up to that sort of task.

                        Overall, I highly recommend the 14mm.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Very nice lens

                        By Buck8Jim

                        from Fort Worth

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                          I just acquired this as a used item. I cannot see how it has been used. B&H is great as usual.
                          Mounted to my G3 with a ND filter in front because Texas is sunny, it takes great movies and very fine snap shots..

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                          4.0

                          Great Lens! Amazing Price point

                          By Eric Goulange, Apartment Hunter

                          from New York City

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                            I am a real estate agent shooting NYC apartments, the width and depth of this lense is great for getting detail while still showing size

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            surprisingly good image quality

                            By photo guy

                            from missouri

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                              I am pleasantly surprised by the image quality of this little lens. Very good sharpness and color rendition. Much sharper than the olympus kit 12_50 mm. A great lightweight wide landscape lens.

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                              4.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Saul

                              from Mexico City, Mexico

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Not Waterproof

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                              I was looking for a pancake lens to use my om-d as a day to day camera. Chose this over the m.zuiko 17mm 2.8 as it offers a slightly larger fob and aperture. So far no complaints. Picture quality is super clear, lightweight works as advertised. I think you´d have to be preeetty picky or pro to really find any complaints with this lens, especially at this price range.

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                              5.0

                              Should be part of every kit

                              By booleansplit

                              from Adams, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Soft corners

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                              Photos don't do this lens justice. It is absolutely tiny - about the same size and weight as the rear cap off a full-sized DSLR lens! It's not the most impressive optically but it makes up for it by being so small and light. I just slip it in my pocket and it's ready to go whenever a wide angle opportunity presents itself. Stop it down to f/5.6 for the best optical performance or shoot it wide open and enjoy the vintage look.

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                              5.0

                              The department loves it!

                              By msuprinter

                              from michigan

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                                  This lens was ordered as part of a package that is doing everything that we need. It all goes together easily and the results are better than expected.

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                                  5.0

                                  What a beauty

                                  By KK photographer

                                  from Australia (down under)

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Sharp optics
                                  • Stealthy
                                  • Super Light
                                  • Tiny
                                  • Well priced

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Architecture
                                    • candid
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Street
                                    • Urban

                                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                                    I recently bought this tiny pancake lens for an upcomming trip to Hong Kong. I needed a very light, fast and portable wide angle for street photography on the busy and packed streets over there. What I can say about it is that it takes sharp photos and is so light you forget it's on your camera. I use this for landscapes Street photography and urban scenes but basicly it's my 28mm equivelant lens for anything candid too. Yes it's only a 2.5 lens but to be honest I didn't even notice the approx 1 stop difference from the other 20mm 1.7. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to someone that needs a nicely priced wide prime in a pocketable format for travelling.I can't think of any cons.

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                                    4.0

                                    Performs as expected

                                    By J

                                    from Toronto, Canada

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens:

                                    Decided to go with the Panasonic 14mm to save some money, otherwise would have opted for the Olympus 12mm. Sharpness is good, form factor is great, but the bokeh isn't as nice as the 25mm 1.4.

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