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PanasonicLumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens
 
4.5

(based on 63 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
  • Easily interchangeable (26)
  • Durable (19)
  • Consistent output (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Low light (24)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Travel (12)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Professional (6), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

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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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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

Very sharp at center

By Thomas K

from Canada

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

Believe it or not. May be I get a lucky sharp copy. This lens has the best center sharpness of all my wide to normal primes. At center it's sharper than 17mm f1.8 and 25mm f1.4 at all apertures. Corners are weaker if you tend to pixel peep.

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4.0

Nice Pancake Lens

By DavisMedia

from Nashville, TN

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

Small, really light weight, and decently fast lens. Worth the money. Only complaint is that it is too small to work with the follow focus system on my rig.

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5.0

The little lens that could

By Norman from Boston

from Boston MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Pocket Cinema Camera
    • Studio
    • Traveling

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

    It is too new to give an in depth review of the lens, but here are my impressions:
    It is really small. I use it on my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It responds very nicely to the auto-focus and auto-iris commands on the camera. The images are sharp. It provides a great field of view for the Pocket Camera which has almost a 3X crop factor. At f2.5 it is fast enough to be useful for most uses.

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    5.0

    Light and compact fast lens

    By Ruben

    from Hollywood, FL

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

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

      This is an affordable wide angle fast lens that is light and compact. Excellent quality images and easy to use.

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      5.0

      Nifty lens

      By Ken

      from Rockland, MA

      About Me Semi-Professional

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      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

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

        A great little lens, the lens is sharp and contrasty.

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        5.0

        Just what I was looking fir

        By Dan

        from Wisconsin

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

        Given my 40 years of semi and full professional photography I have used many pieces of equipment, mainly large, funky, and heavy. Going to this new 4/3 system with small lens us combined with the size photographs that I print these days – – nothing larger than 11 x 14 – – this lens works very very well for me. I have no need to be overly concerned about potential or imagined aberrations to this lens. I will recommend it highly to anyone who asks.

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Brian

        from Bronx, NY

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

        I've had this lens for about two weeks now and I have no complaints. Sharp lens, great quality. Love the size!

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Such a darling.

        By Kevin

        from San Francisco, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Fast
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Smallest lens out there for m43. It makes my e-pl1 pocketable. I can only imagine what it'd be like on something like a gm1. Some have noted that it's not as good as the 20mm. Well.. maybe it isn't in terms of image quality. Actually, for sure it's not as good. But keep in mind, the 20mm is legendary. That doesn't mean that this inferior optic is not sharp, in fact its razor sharp, even wide open. It's sharper than the kit lenses and well, it's a whole stop faster. That's not a huge deal, but when you pair that with the minuscule size of the lens, you'll begin to understand why so many of us love this darned thing.You might think to yourself, eh I don't really care about the size. Once it's in your hands, you'll quickly see the benefits and change your mind. This lens may be a marginal upgrade in all categories. But taking all of those marginal upgrades holistically, you're left with a great overall upgrade. In sum, if 28mm fov is your cup of tea, you cannot go wrong with this lens. In fact, other systems are yearning for a fast wide angle like this, and frankly, they'll never get it.

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            4.0

            Great little lens

            By Native Notion

            from Detroit, MI

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            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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                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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                When you need to go light!

                By Matt the hatter

                from Georgia

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                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

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                  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

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                        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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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great little lens.

                          By Eric W.

                          from Mebane, NC

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          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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                            (28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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