Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 28-84mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Power Zoom and Retractable Design
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

Spanning a versatile focal length range while retaining a compact form factor, the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. from Panasonic is a slim 28-84mm equivalent zoom for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Contributing to its sleek profile, the optical design uses four aspherical elements to also reduce spherical aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range. A pair of extra-low dispersion elements are also featured, to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and a Nano Surface Coating has been applied to suppress flare and ghosting. Additionally, the lens uses a stepping AF motor and internal focus design for quick and quiet focusing performance and POWER O.I.S. helps to compensate for the effects of camera shake in order to deliver sharper imagery when shooting handheld.

Wide-to-portrait-length zoom is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 28-84mm equivalent focal length range.
Four aspherical elements help reduce spherical aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range while two extra-low dispersion elements control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
A Nano Surface Coating has been applied to individual elements to noticeably reduce lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Stepping AF motor and internal focus design provides smooth and quiet focusing performance that is well-suited to both photo and video use.
POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) minimizes the appearance of camera shake to realize sharper imagery when shooting handheld.
Power zoom design affords a smooth, controllable zooming motion and also results in a retractable lens design that measures just over 1"-thick when not in use.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 885170052321
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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens
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    Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 14 - 42mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 - 84 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 75° - 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
    Magnification 0.17x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.88
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 37 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.40 x 1.06" / 61 x 26.8 mm
    Weight 3.35 oz / 95 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.1 x 4.4 x 3.3"

    Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for Stills, Okay for Video I use this lens on an EM-5 body. For those that are unsure of the quality this lens is capable, research some blogs out there by Ming Thein and Lindsay Dobson. The results from this little lens are very good indeed. The primary problem with the lens was the shutter shock it experienced on certain camera bodies, creating blurred images. Not so with the EM-5 body. Images are very sharp (not extremely sharp) at all aperture settings, but best between F5-F7.1. Chromatic aberration exists in noticeable quantity with heavy back lighting of subject in a high contrast scene in the upper corners of the frame, but is definitely not a deal breaker. Avoid high aperture settings. Contrast is good and typical of Panasonic/Lumix glass. The lens has aspherical elements and distortion is fairly well controlled. Operation: The lens has power zoom and focus levers rather than rotating rings. As a DLSR shooter, I thought this adjustment would be difficult, but that has not proven to be the case. Then again, your personality comes into play here as some find change to be jarring and uncomfortable. The levers are required to make this lens SO compact. With the lens mounted on the camera, this lens fits in a coat pocket! Focusing speed is actually quite fast, especially outdoors. Point the camera and use the touch screen shutter actuation feature and the camera focuses and shoots almost instantaneously. Indoors, if the lens requires to hunt for focus in low light, your cooked. But at a recent event, I was able to shoot indoors, 3200iso 1/50th shutter speeds and the focus locked in quickly enough. The PZ 14-42 has stabilization built into the lens and in camera stabilization on the EM-5 can be turned off as , but I find it better to use both; as counter intuitive as this may seem. It appears that there is some quality control issues regarding the first lenses made reflected by the fact that reviewers and commenters have had very different experiences with the lens. The issue of shutter shock may contribute to these diverse findings. Comparison: I have owned the first generation 14-42 Olympus kit lens. It was actually a fairly sharp lens as well. The Panasonic is better: more compact, better contrast, better resolving power, much better for video (quiet focus and smooth zoom). I use Nikon primes on my EM-5 with manual focus. The Nikon's color renditions are cooler, the lenses aren't quite as sharp as the PZ until stopped down to F2.8 or so and the DOF is better with the Nikons. The resolving power of the Nikon lenses are higher. Manual focusing is a drag for many occasions, however. The PZ appears slightly sharper than the 40-150 Oly long zoom and appears equally as sharp as the Panasonic 14-150 from the 14-42 range. Visually, the contrast and color renditions are similar from these two lenses though the 14-150 does appear to render skin tones slightly pinker when compared to the 14-42, in my opinion. This could, however, require in camera adjustment as the lenses are different.... Conclusion: if you are somewhat experienced with interchangeable lens cameras and understand the flaws inherent in less expensive glass, then the ability to work within certain limitations for this lens will yield surprisingly good results. Don't expect very professional results from this lens (professional zooms or primes will yield those type of results), but it is great for compact street photography, casual shooting, sites of interest, etc...
    Date published: 2013-11-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Funhouse mirror size barrel distortion Just received this lens and took it out on it's first shoot. I'm a professional aerial photographer and I thought this lens would be a perfect addition to my 4/3 collection to be able to zoom in and out on subjects. At the wide end, there is very little distortion, however, as you zoom the distortion quickly becomes absurd. This lens creates images that are completely unusable in any sort of professional application with any focal length greater than 25. If you go all the way to 42, it looks as though you're viewing a funhouse mirror. Immediately returning this product.
    Date published: 2017-05-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't let the size fool you! Really suprized at this lens. The fact that something so small can produce such a nice image. Again dissapointed in the hogh stop limit (3.5) but understandable in such a small lens with a servo zoom. I didn't think I was going to keep this lens but It's much better then the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm. Granted it's a diffent zoom length but at least this doesn't rattle.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not sure about this lens I purchased this lens for my Lumix GH3. I primarily shoot video and thought the power zoom would be a nice feature. The zoom does not behave like a servo zoom on a professional level camera. It is basically zoom in and zoom out there is no ability to control the speed to any great degree. With that I am disappointed. The fact that there is not focus ring is a minus. I do not like focusing with the little servo lever. Otherwise the lens is adequate. It works well in autofocus. I wish it was faster ie f2.8. I like fact that it makes the camera compact.
    Date published: 2013-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tiny but power-packed! I am so impressed with this lens. Really top quality optics. Love the power zoom and focus features - I use it in on a Blackmagic Design Studio Camera, so it being active allows me to remotely control it. Brilliant and really useful.
    Date published: 2015-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little everyday close quarters lens. Bought this to use on my Ronan M gimbal. But, it's actually a great little everyday lens for close quarters. I have been using it for behind the scenes on my latest feature.
    Date published: 2017-08-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.I.S. Dual Mode ? I needed a wide lens to use with my Lumix GX85 and because this lens had "Power O.I.S."I thought that it would work in the dual stabilization mode with the GX85. It does not. Also, the power zoom seems to be of little use although you are able to operate the zoom from the camera.
    Date published: 2018-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like this little lens So far I have used the lens for landscaping photos on my Olympus M-10 II, plus photos of my grandchildren. It is easier to use than a manual zoom lens. I also appreciate B&H letting me know the approximate time of arrival which was accurate almost to the minute.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
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