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

(based on 126 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (68)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (66)
  • Easily interchangeable (55)
  • Strong construction (50)
  • Consistent output (49)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (15)
  • No filters (5)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • No filter thread (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (84)
  • Video (27)
  • Weddings (26)
  • Low light (25)
  • Night photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (26), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (102)

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

 

DO NOT USE on Olympus body

Very sharp lens, no problem there.On Olympus E-M1 or E-M5 bodies (maybe other Olympus as well) it is VERY susceptible to purple flares and cannot be removed in post processing. Out in the...Read complete review

Very sharp lens, no problem there.On Olympus E-M1 or E-M5 bodies (maybe other Olympus as well) it is VERY susceptible to purple flares and cannot be removed in post processing. Out in the sunlight you will get long purple streaks on the photo when you least expect it.See attached photo and check the purple on the cupboards and counter on the right side. Fortunately, Olympus now has its own 7-14 pro lens coming out.

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5.0

Great lens

By thecanonguy

from NJ

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Great compact lens, thinking about buying the 12-35mm as well.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Denjes2

      from Boston, Ma.

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

      After trading in Canon system for micro 4/3, I needed this for my work as a photojournalist. It helps me shoot in situations when the 12-40 isn't wide enough. It is sharp, light enough to hand-hold on my EM-1, and fast. I also use it for personal work. Only con is lack of filter for protection. Got this when the rebate was offered.

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      4.0

      Almost Perfect

      By Uncle Earl

      from Saratoga

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Low distortion
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp

      Cons

      • Some flare

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Street photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      When I first saw the Panasonic micro 4/3rds optics on my GM1 purchase, I was blown away by the sharpness, low distortion and great contrast. The kit lens for the GM1 makes the camera produce results that equal the ones from my Nikon D7000. So for wide angle landscape shots, I opted for this ultra wide. The technical reviews give it high marks for resolution and distortion and my tests confirm that. Distortion is nearly zero across the zoom range and sharpness is excellent in the center, very good in the corners with little chromatic abberation. The one shortcoming is contrast. Shadows in backlit scenes suffer from some flare. Not terrible, but still visibly lower shadow detail. The shot included below gives an idea of the extreme dynamic range where you can see the lower shadow detail. Somewhere north of 13 bits. So I can't complain too loudly.

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      2.0

      DO NOT USE on Olympus body

      By Louis

      from Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Flare
      • Not For Olympus
      • Purple

      Best Uses

      • Real Estate Photo

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

      Very sharp lens, no problem there.On Olympus E-M1 or E-M5 bodies (maybe other Olympus as well) it is VERY susceptible to purple flares and cannot be removed in post processing. Out in the sunlight you will get long purple streaks on the photo when you least expect it.See attached photo and check the purple on the cupboards and counter on the right side. Fortunately, Olympus now has its own 7-14 pro lens coming out.

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      4.0

      Wide Angle Micro Four Third

      By Tom Musch

      from Naperville

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      A must have for micro Four Thirds. 7-14 get you the wide angle you haven't had for the mirror less cameras.

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      5.0

      Great for wide angle video shots

      By GlobeScope

      from Corvallis, OR

      About Me Pro Photographer

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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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

            Verified Buyer

            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

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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