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

(based on 61 reviews)

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    (22)

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    (6)

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    (4)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (39)
  • Easily interchangeable (37)
  • Strong construction (27)
  • Consistent output (21)
  • Lightweight (21)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (16)
  • Heavy (12)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Video (31)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Weddings (16)
  • Wildlife photos (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (24), Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect lens for video

First, those that gave this lens 1 or 2 stars, its not the lens, its the users. Typically, "kit" lens are useless, but Panasonic packaged this 12-140mm lens...Read complete review

First, those that gave this lens 1 or 2 stars, its not the lens, its the users. Typically, "kit" lens are useless, but Panasonic packaged this 12-140mm lens along with the GH2 for one reason, its made specifically for video, plus the Lumix G 14-140mm is a [$] lens alone. This IS THE ONLY lens on the DSLR market made for Auto Focus HD video, super silent and super accurate and fast. I use my Canon XHA1S for serious work but I am using the GH2 with the 14-140mm more now because its much lighter with excellent video quality. People that complained about the Auto Focus on this lens has no idea how to setup their Auto Focus Continuous or AF Single on the GH2, those that complained the lack of f stop with only f/4.0-5.8 didn't really read the discription specifically saying f/4-5.8, were they suprised it didn't have f/2.0? Those that complained about lack of depth of field, once again, learn how to operate the your DSLR and if want good depth of field that's easy to operate, get the pancake lens, don't buy a lens made for HD Video and complain about lack of depth of field for pictures. Overall, excellent lens and I find it extremely versatile for my cinemtography work.

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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

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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          • No

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          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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          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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            5.0

            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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              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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              • No

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              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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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens

                By mikejim

                from St Louis, MO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

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

                  This is a great choice for this camera and should provide you with everything you need for some time. Excellent and silent AF in video a huge plus.

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                  5.0

                  this lens covers it for me

                  By da carve

                  from Aspen valley

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I shoot in snow, rain, and dust, so I wanted a lens that I could keep on my Lumix G5 all the time and not have to worry about the sensor getting dirty.

                  Works for me!

                  I dropped my cold camera and lens in cold powder snow. It was too dangerous to go back and get the camera so it spent the night buried in snow. Found the camera the next morning and it works just fine. Wahoo!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Its every thing they said

                  By Joe

                  from LINY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  I've used it 2 times and I like it but I need to work with it some more

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  worth every penny

                  By Webfoot

                  from NW USA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  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.:

                  For stills and video on a GH1, 2 or 3 this is the best all around lens. Nice wide angle to tele (silent) zoom. Love using with EXT. Put it on and leave it on. I got it for video where I can't be changing lens but find I leave it on my GH2 for stills in all but the darkest conditions.

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                  5.0

                  great price and service on lens--waiting

                  By craigerer

                  from harrisburg pa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        great service on lens--but still waiting on camera--no word when it is to be in. hope soon for it is christmas gift for our son
                        mc

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Good choise

                        By Ofer Geva V&A

                        from Jerusalem, Israel

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

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

                        I use it with an AF100. It gives great depth of field but zoom is pretty bulky. Also 14-18mm has image distortion. All around I enjoy it.

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                        (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        EXCELENT ´PRODUCT

                        By JUANJO

                        from MEXICO DF

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        iN A pANASONIC cAMARA

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                        5.0

                        The perfect lens for travelling

                        By Tapey

                        from Sydney, Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Whilst fortunate enough to have two Lumix cameras it was still getting a little tedious changing lenses depending on what I was wanting to shoot. (And always having two cameras around my neck!)

                        With this lens I comfortably travelled around NYC without ever needing to reach for the other camera or change to another lens.

                        It has also taken some lovely shots, including nice panoramas for stitching together later, wide shots capturing a large scene and very good close-ups to get in close to the action. (14-140mm or 28-280mm 35mm equivalent.)

                        All-in-all I am extremely happy!

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