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PanasonicLumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.
 
4.2

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (42)
  • Easily interchangeable (41)
  • Strong construction (32)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Durable (24)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Heavy (13)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (37)
  • Video (35)
  • Sports/action (18)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Wildlife photos (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (61)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beauty from a Beast

I use this lens with my Panasonic GF2. It was the first additional lens purchase after buying the camera a year prior. I am still thrilled with its performance. Provides a focal length...Read complete review

I use this lens with my Panasonic GF2. It was the first additional lens purchase after buying the camera a year prior. I am still thrilled with its performance. Provides a focal length range equal to my old point and shoot Panasonic TZ5. Yes it is heavy, isn't sealed against the environment, almost doubles in length when zoomed out, and doesn't have the fastest of apertures but none of those issues have prevented me from getting shots previously unobtainable with the small camera or my fixed 20mm f1.7 prime. If I had purchased a lens without those shortcomings I would've paid 3-4 times the price. As a result it does exactly what it was designed to do: provide a large range of focal length with precise, fast autofocus and optical image stabilisation without breaking the bank. Perfect combination of attributes for an ametuer photographer like myself or a professional who needs a spare setup and doesn't want to sell the car to afford it. One issue to note is lens creep can occur anywhere outside of the shortest focal lengths if the camera is pointed downward or swung up quickly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sharp enough

I wanted to love this lens but I was very disappointed. I think it either tried to do too much in its zoom range or I got a lemon. It's zoom range is unique...Read complete review

I wanted to love this lens but I was very disappointed. I think it either tried to do too much in its zoom range or I got a lemon. It's zoom range is unique amongst Panasonics lenses and although i already own the Panasonic 14-45mm and 45-200mm, I decided to give it a try. When I compared it against the aformentioned lenses I noticed that it was a bit soft, then I realized that in AF mode it wasn't focusing properly. I continued to use it in manual mode and noticed other problems. Even at f6.3, f7.1, and f8, where it should perform at its optimum, the 14-140mm was never crisp, just acceptably sharp, and the right side of images showed somewhat smeary detail. Too bad. Great heft and make, but optically inferior to both the Lumix 14-45mm and the 45-200. Lamentably, I had to return it.

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5.0

Good and quality product- it's what you pay

By bdoro

from bucharest

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

I bought mine for 299 USD and it has a great value for the money. It is heavy(still half of my 70-300 from Nikkon)and long for MFT but it is a good lens with good results on my GX7

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4.0

Great all around lens

By Gulf south Outdoors

from Biloxi, MS.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great coverage

Cons

  • Stepped Aperature

Best Uses

    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

    I love this lens on my Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera. great coverage with just one lens. the aperture will change during zooms and its very noticeable. It works very well once I find a distance to shoot though. all the focus and aperture works well with my BMPCC. you will not get focus assist as this is an active mount and the focus button is for actual focus.

    IS works very well.

    I have had very few out of focus clips with this lens. For the price is is my go to lens. I would like the 2.8 but this has a better overall range that can't be beat. this is the older version and is WELL worth the price it is now.

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    5.0

    Excellent product

    By Kohno

    from Miami FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

      Excellent price, great service and product.

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      5.0

      Best in Photography

      By Annie

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

        I have made a change from Nikon to Lumix. About a month ago I purchased the G7 and shortly after that added the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140 lens. It makes such a difference weight wise for me. So easy to carry around in a small bag. There is nothing I don't love about this product!!!

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        5.0

        More than worth the money and fun to use

        By showmeyourpics

        from New Rochelle, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Overall Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

          Hi, I bought the lens with the Panasonic GH1 and am currently using it on an Olympus E-M10. Construction is good with a satisfying feel of density. There is no creeping. It actually improves the handability of the E-M10 which is truly small. I am (also) a fine art photographer and thoroughly enjoy the versatility of its range (no hustle changing lenses). In terms of IQ, I am attaching two pictures. The orchid flowers were taken at about 140mm equivalent, f/8, 1/125sec, ISO400. The birds are from yesterday at 280mm equivalent, f/8, 1/800sec, ISO 1600. You be the judge.

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          3.0

          A good all-purpose lens, but has its issues...

          By Tea in the Sahara

          from NYC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

          This is a great multi-purpose lens that is the perfect starting point for shooting with the Panasonic GH series. I have found that when shooting video there are some issues - including automatic focus motor sounds and seeking focus while in the middle of a shot where there is no movement and the focus shouldn't be struggling.

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          5.0

          Nice kit lens

          By Thor

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

            I use this on my Blackmagic Pocket Camera and love it as an all around lens. It's a little slow but has a sharp focus and is nice and light. Image stabilzation works great and it has a solid build quality.

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            4.0

            Better than I expected

            By Epoch Titan

            from Glendale, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

              I got this lens with the Black Magic Pocket mainly because it was one of the higher-rated lenses for micro-four-thirds systems. I gotta admit, it was better quality than I expected. High quality plastic outer-shell with a nice weight. Not cheap, light weight, more like a bit of heavy weight; you can feel it has good glass and metal internals. But not too heavy. Definitely feels like quality in the hand. A good f-stop for the price and the zoom isn't loose. It has a certain resistance to it which helps eliminate lens-creep. Great lens and glass quality for the price. Sharp and decent color quality.

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              5.0

              Excellent buy!!!

              By Joe

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                Filmmaking

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                5.0

                I had resistance to buying a lens

                By Annie Roonie

                from Sedona, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                  I purchased the Panasonic GM1 camera- fabulously wonderous!! Wanted to go for a bit more distance and decided to purchase the 14/140mm lens for it. I had great resistance to obtaining a lens as I wanted to keep it simple as the camera with accompaning lens of that camera already is awesome. Thought to just try it out and see how I would feel with this lens. Upon viewing the first few shots with that new lens I was sold. The quality of photos look so very professional. It's a keeper for da# sure:) Worth the hassel of switching UP lens.

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                  4.0

                  Impressed

                  By Aron

                  from Puerto Rico

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                  This lens was better than I thought it would be. It's not too sharp but looks great with the GH4 footage. If you don't like the extra sharpness look up the GH4 this lens will be perfect. But because of the f-stop it's better suited for outside shooting.

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                  4.0

                  Versatile All In One Lens

                  By rdteasley

                  from Madison, MS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                  I purchased this lens after trying out a friend's copy. It makes my Panasonic G5 a little front heavy but the extra weight is worth the effort. My lens seems sharp at all focal lengths and distortion is well within the acceptable range for a lens of this focal range. This camera and lens combo is my carry everywhere setup and acts as a backup for my DSLR. The aperture specs do limit the lens somewhat but I would recommend the lens to anyone owning a micro 4/3 system. The versatility outweighs the limitations.

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                  4.0

                  Lens with easy, fluid adjustment

                  By Beth the buyer

                  from EHT, NJ

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                      Snapped right into the camera and was quite simple to learn how to adjust. Lightweight, yet appears to be quite durable.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens.

                      By A.S.

                      from Romania

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                      At a new price, of $, this is a great lens for travel.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Beauty from a Beast

                      By Traveling Photographer

                      from Delphi, IN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Lens Creep
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                      I use this lens with my Panasonic GF2. It was the first additional lens purchase after buying the camera a year prior. I am still thrilled with its performance. Provides a focal length range equal to my old point and shoot Panasonic TZ5. Yes it is heavy, isn't sealed against the environment, almost doubles in length when zoomed out, and doesn't have the fastest of apertures but none of those issues have prevented me from getting shots previously unobtainable with the small camera or my fixed 20mm f1.7 prime. If I had purchased a lens without those shortcomings I would've paid 3-4 times the price. As a result it does exactly what it was designed to do: provide a large range of focal length with precise, fast autofocus and optical image stabilisation without breaking the bank. Perfect combination of attributes for an ametuer photographer like myself or a professional who needs a spare setup and doesn't want to sell the car to afford it. One issue to note is lens creep can occur anywhere outside of the shortest focal lengths if the camera is pointed downward or swung up quickly.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellant lens

                      By Sri

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                        If you are a beginner like me, this IS the lens for you. I am using it for about 2 months of casual photography, I never felt that I needed to use different lenses for close shots and long shots. One lens fits all to the most extent.... :-)

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                        3.0

                        Not too shabby for the older model

                        By Fetus Loukides

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                        Needed a wide range zoom, couldn't wait for the new model, have some events that I needed it right away for. Has great image quality and zoom range. Not a low light lens.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mmf/lens.

                        By Kay

                        from Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia.

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to Clean

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                          I use it for such photos as Graduation Photos of people so that I can get a much clearer picture of the subject than I could with the lens the camera came with.
                          It is not too heavy still, which is the initial reason I bought this smaller camera in the first place.
                          I have left it on the camera all the time and can take a clearer picture and have more variation of depth. I like it.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          All-in-one lens that rocks

                          By Stevejobs

                          from Los Altos, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                          Bought a Panasonic Lumix GH3 body and read all the reviews of available lenses. Rented the 14-140 for three days and fell in love.
                          This lens takes the place of two; no more switching. It's sharper than I expected, given the comments in some reviews.
                          It's heavy and one might wish for something faster than f/4.0 in dimmly lit situations but pumping up the ISO solved most of that problem.
                          Bottom line: This lens rocks

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The best vor Panavideo with AG-AF100

                          By Walter-electronic

                          from Orlando, Florida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.:

                            Perfectly for AG-AF100

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