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PanasonicLumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format
 
4.7

(based on 121 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (62)
  • Easily interchangeable (52)
  • Consistent output (49)
  • Strong construction (49)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (14)
  • No filters (5)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • No filter thread (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (82)
  • Video (27)
  • Weddings (25)
  • Low light (24)
  • Night photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this lens

I received this lens about three weeks ago. I'm primarily using it for seascape photos, which were severely lacking in width with my other lenses. Although I only tested it on a couple...Read complete review

I received this lens about three weeks ago. I'm primarily using it for seascape photos, which were severely lacking in width with my other lenses. Although I only tested it on a couple of interior shots, I do intend on using it inside as well. I really like the build quality of this lens and the zoom, of course. I have the 14mm, 20mm and 25mm MFT primaries, and wanted something for below 14mm. This fits the bill perfectly and I find myself using it set at 7mm most often. I was initially undecided whether to get this or the 8mm fisheye, but I'm very happy I got this, as it keeps straight lines straight. For my work, this lens makes much more sense. No regrets.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very sharp, but not work well with E-M5

This lens is well constructed, very wide, and super sharp. I really want to love and use it. But it does not work well with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Out of the 100...Read complete review

This lens is well constructed, very wide, and super sharp. I really want to love and use it. But it does not work well with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Out of the 100 random test shoots I did, about 1/3 of them has big and strange purple flare. Note they are so bad that post processing removal is not possible. That combination just did not work.

I wish that this lens accepts filter. That might open ways to work around the purple flare. But it does not. I returned it to B&H.

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5.0

Great for wide angle video shots

By GlobeScope

from Corvallis, OR

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited zoom range

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

I like to keep a wide angle lens on one camera most of the time. This lens serves that purpose very well. Because it does not have a very great zoom range, it is less useful as a general purpose lens and works best for general purpose video if you carry two cameras - a second one with a normal to telephoto range.

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4.0

Landscape banger

By takeahikeHI

from Hawaii

Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

I love shooting landscapes with this lens.

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5.0

Tack sharp wide-angle zoom

By Simon in Pgh

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

    Absolutely faboulous lens. Really makes subject pop with that three-dimensional look. Very sharp, quite compact and very nicely constructed. I could not be happier with this lens and only wish I had bought it earlier. Yes, it is kind of expensive, but this is one lens that is certainly worth the cost.

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    5.0

    Top quality

    By Patberry_0001

    from Hobart Australia

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

    Build quality is great, results are beyond expectation

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    5.0

    Really nice

    By rboverton

    from sonoma county ca

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Experiment And Have Fun

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

        Fun lens. Good quality both in build and results.

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        5.0

        excellent Lens

        By Jacques

        from Sherbrooke.Qc Canada

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

          Super sharp lens. 5 stars is for optics.

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          5.0

          Great Lens gives great Images

          By Hawkeye

          from Acton, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No filter ring

          Best Uses

          • Hiking Photography
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

          I am coming from a Nikon D300 and a Sigma 10-20.
          After adjusting for the digital factors, I get the same wide angle coverage with a MUCH smaller weight and wonderful photos

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          5.0

          Amazing wide angle performance!

          By MtA

          from New York, New York

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Great Handling
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architectural Interiors
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

            Amazing wide angle zoom range. This little gem is the most versatile lens for interior and urban architectural photography I've ever owned in 40+ years as an enthusiast photographer. Somewhat pricey, but it is sturdy, fast and a delight to handle - you certainly get what you pay for. After considering the Olympus EM-1 I invested in a full Lumix GX7 system and couldn't be happier with my decision. I also purchased the 12-35mm f/2.8 and the 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom which provides a continuous shooting range of 14-200mm equivalent. I am also considering replacing this lens with the Olympus 12-14mm f/2.8 when it becomes available for the extra brightness in interiors work.

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            5.0

            Super sharp...but not perfect.

            By DanT

            from NE US

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                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                  Super sharp lens. 5 stars is for optics. It gets a 4 star otherwise for lack of manual controls.

                  Lens is on the big side. Lacks aperture ring and focus scale. AF is a little slow in locking with moving targets...but that is AF on many cameras.

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                  5.0

                  Nice Lens for wide shots

                  By UnderTheSea

                  from Hobart, Au

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                    Great lens for indoor and close quarters shooting. Found it a bit slow for low light conditions but works great with a tripod. If you are planning to use the long end of the lens a lot I would recommend buying the 14mm f1.2 prime lens instead.

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                    5.0

                    Worth the money

                    By Gsartori

                    from Fremont, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Flares

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                    I was very hesitant on spending $1K on this lens, I passed on the Nikon 14-28 for my D800E and I settled for a Tokina 16-28 an enormous chunk of good glass for $7/800 and paying so much for this little lens seemed preposterous also considering that it's F4 not F2.8.
                    I've to say though that I'm VERY happy, the lens is very sharp, AF is fast, size is actually an advantage with my GH3, it let me have a very compact kit. Since the lens is sharp full open I don't miss too much F2.8 anyway, I normally stop down my F2.8 lenses to F4 or more soI'm OK for my type of photography. If you are hesitant, just buy it, you will not regret it.

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                    5.0

                    Love this lens

                    By Diabolical_DrZ

                    from San Francisco, CA

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                        Really love this lens except the price. This is the 2nd one I have owned. Was using to take wide angle photos of a parade in a rain storm and it fell out of camera bag, under a bleachers and gone forever. I miossed it enough to purchase another. Best use is for wide angle without the fisheye effect. Effective for use on any MFT camera

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                        5.0

                        I'm Happy!

                        By techweenie

                        from Saint Louis, Mo.

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Flexible Utility
                        • Focal length range
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Lacks Manual Aperture

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                        I am using it on the bmpcc. It's focal length range is great for the crop factor of the Blackmagic Pocket when on the move. The build is great, given the crop factor the usual foibles of edge effects are less visible across this sensor. It's light enough weight and small enough that the camera and lens together are the "picture" of portability for top quality video. It is also less intimidating in the public.

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                        4.0

                        Very pleased

                        By spongey

                        from Edmonton, AB

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                          Great for landscape photography.

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                          5.0

                          Produces great images

                          By H

                          from Alabama

                          About Me Casual Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                            I use for landscapes and pictures of interiors. It gives beautiful images and has the option to get really wide, especially in the m4/3 mount. It would be nice to be able to use filters but I love this lens.

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                            4.0

                            This is a great lens, BUT.....!

                            By --DR

                            from Ithaca, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Low Linear Distortion
                            • Mostly Low Ca Problems
                            • Mostly Very Sharp
                            • Relatively Compact
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Can Have Soft Far Corners
                            • Can Sometimes Show Ca

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                            I debated for some time spending the amount of money this lens costs, but I do like using wide-angle lenses (including fisheyes), and after much research and the viewing of many full-resolution photo samples taken with this lens, I decided to take the plunge and to buy it. For the MFT format, the Panasonic 7-14mm was generally considered to be superior to the other similar lenses available, and the published photos from it and the others supported this conclusion. Unexpectedly, the far corners in the photos taken with the first sample I bought (elsewhere) were soft at all apertures and focal-lengths. The replacement sample was better, but still not up to expectations. While I still had that lens, I also bought one from B&H to
                            compare with it, with the hope of getting a sample closer in performance level to those I had seen samples from. That didn't happen (this third sample is far from perfect optically), but it is so much fun to use (and *sometimes* its performance is surprisingly good enough to satisfy this "pixel-peeper"...;-) that I decided to keep it and to just enjoy using it. Over most of the frame at around f7.1 the lens is quite sharp, with the far corners sometimes (and unpredictably) lagging noticeably behind in image quality (but local sharpening can generally compensate for this with this sample). I'm generally happy with this lens at this point, and I appreciate its virtues (compactness, light weight, low linear distortion, very good performance, and the very useful range of focal-lengths for me offered by it) more than its vices (the relative corner softness toward its widest end and some visible CA problems at the edges and corners near the middle of its range with some subject matter). Oddly, this super-wide lens appears to perform quite well indoors even at f4. Overall, I can recommend this lens.

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                            3.0

                            Very sharp, but not work well with E-M5

                            By Steve F

                            from Sammamish, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Flare

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                            This lens is well constructed, very wide, and super sharp. I really want to love and use it. But it does not work well with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Out of the 100 random test shoots I did, about 1/3 of them has big and strange purple flare. Note they are so bad that post processing removal is not possible. That combination just did not work.

                            I wish that this lens accepts filter. That might open ways to work around the purple flare. But it does not. I returned it to B&H.

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                            5.0

                            Panasonic Lumix G Vario on OMD

                            By AL Interior Design

                            from Tampa FL

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                              I bought this to use for shooting my interior design projects and it works very well. The lens captures the entire room with great detail and clarity, even small rooms like a bathroom. The vertical lines do bend along the sides of the image, but that's to be expected. The lens is relatively fast and the clarity is amazing.

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                              5.0

                              Superb Lens

                              By rlstolz

                              from Keene, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                                    This is one of the finest lenses I have ever owned! I shoot technical rock and ice climbing photos and wide/ultra-wide angles are very important for this type of work. I am not sure I would part with nearly a thousand dollars to own this lens if it was for occasional use but in my case it sees plenty of action. I also use a fish-eye lens which, again, might not be worthwhile for everyone.Many M43 users considering this lens will also look at the Olympus 9-18 zoom. I own several Olympus lenses and I like them very much but in this case the 7-14 Panasonic with its f4 constant aperture, plus the significantly wider angle of view and the exceptional image quality, won out. This lens is larger, heavier and considerably more costly than the Olympus 9-18 but the image quality is astounding.I invested a fair amount of time looking at reviews and comparisons between this lens and the Olympus on the web and from what I can tell they present the choices quite well. What I could not tell was how extraordinary the Panasonic 7-14's image quality would be!Beyond resolution, MTF, bokeh and all the other objective measures, some lenses just manage to render extraordinary images. This is one of those lenses! If you are serious about this focal length range in M43 this lens should be on your short list!

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                                    5.0

                                    Wide with little distortion.

                                    By Hendos

                                    from Brisbane, Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • No Filters Darn It
                                    • ƒ4 Is A Bit Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                                      Panasonic does it again with another excellent lens.
                                      At ƒ4, it's not super fast, but not too shabby either. It really completes my GH3 kit and very well takes over from my ageing Canon lenses, which included the 16-35, 24-70 & 70-200mm all of which were L series ƒ2.8. All now gone and replaced with this and the other 2.8 Pana lenses.
                                      I'm not so far missing lugging around the 5D and all these old heavy weight pieces of glass. I'm not missing the ache in my back after shooting for 8 hours at a conference or a wedding. I'm not missing the quality of the Canon lens system, simply because the Panasonic GH3 attached to these new lenses, in my opinion, give me just as saleable images. In fact, I'm confident to say that with the flexibility of the Panasonic system, I'm actually way ahead. After selling off the old system, I even have some spare $ in the bank.

                                      Love this lens, as well as the 12-35 and the 35-100. Brilliant stuff Panasonic, brilliant.

                                      Also love the fact I took the plunge and changed systems after 20 years. No regrets at all.

                                      The video off the GH3 with these lenses is amazing as well as still images.

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