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PanasonicLumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens
 
4.5

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (46)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
  • Easily interchangeable (26)
  • Consistent output (18)
  • Durable (17)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (34)
    • Low light (24)
    • Night photography (13)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Video (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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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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    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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    5.0

    Such a darling.

    By Kevin

    from San Francisco, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    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

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        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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            • No

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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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            5.0

            When you need to go light!

            By Matt the hatter

            from Georgia

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            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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              5.0

              Great for the price

              By shane

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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                    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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                      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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                        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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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Very nice lens

                          By Buck8Jim

                          from Fort Worth

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            I just acquired this as a used item. I cannot see how it has been used. B&H is great as usual.
                            Mounted to my G3 with a ND filter in front because Texas is sunny, it takes great movies and very fine snap shots..

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                            4.0

                            Great Lens! Amazing Price point

                            By Eric Goulange, Apartment Hunter

                            from New York City

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              I am a real estate agent shooting NYC apartments, the width and depth of this lense is great for getting detail while still showing size

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                              4.0

                              surprisingly good image quality

                              By photo guy

                              from missouri

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                I am pleasantly surprised by the image quality of this little lens. Very good sharpness and color rendition. Much sharper than the olympus kit 12_50 mm. A great lightweight wide landscape lens.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great Lens

                                By Saul

                                from Mexico City, Mexico

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Not Waterproof

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                I was looking for a pancake lens to use my om-d as a day to day camera. Chose this over the m.zuiko 17mm 2.8 as it offers a slightly larger fob and aperture. So far no complaints. Picture quality is super clear, lightweight works as advertised. I think you´d have to be preeetty picky or pro to really find any complaints with this lens, especially at this price range.

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                                5.0

                                Should be part of every kit

                                By booleansplit

                                from Adams, NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Soft corners

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                Photos don't do this lens justice. It is absolutely tiny - about the same size and weight as the rear cap off a full-sized DSLR lens! It's not the most impressive optically but it makes up for it by being so small and light. I just slip it in my pocket and it's ready to go whenever a wide angle opportunity presents itself. Stop it down to f/5.6 for the best optical performance or shoot it wide open and enjoy the vintage look.

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