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PanasonicLumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format
 
4.6

(based on 142 reviews)

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    (33)

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    (6)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (79)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (77)
  • Easily interchangeable (67)
  • Strong construction (58)
  • Consistent output (56)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (16)
  • No filters (5)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • No filter thread (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (93)
  • Video (34)
  • Weddings (32)
  • Low light (31)
  • Night photography (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (53), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (27), Casual photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (116)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this lens

I received this lens about three weeks ago. I'm primarily using it for seascape photos, which were severely lacking in width with my other lenses. Although I only tested it on a couple...Read complete review

I received this lens about three weeks ago. I'm primarily using it for seascape photos, which were severely lacking in width with my other lenses. Although I only tested it on a couple of interior shots, I do intend on using it inside as well. I really like the build quality of this lens and the zoom, of course. I have the 14mm, 20mm and 25mm MFT primaries, and wanted something for below 14mm. This fits the bill perfectly and I find myself using it set at 7mm most often. I was initially undecided whether to get this or the 8mm fisheye, but I'm very happy I got this, as it keeps straight lines straight. For my work, this lens makes much more sense. No regrets.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very sharp, but not work well with E-M5

This lens is well constructed, very wide, and super sharp. I really want to love and use it. But it does not work well with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Out of the 100...Read complete review

This lens is well constructed, very wide, and super sharp. I really want to love and use it. But it does not work well with Olympus OM-D E-M5. Out of the 100 random test shoots I did, about 1/3 of them has big and strange purple flare. Note they are so bad that post processing removal is not possible. That combination just did not work.

I wish that this lens accepts filter. That might open ways to work around the purple flare. But it does not. I returned it to B&H.

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4.0

excelent

By citikid

from southern california

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

      It's small light, super wide, sharp and really affordable. A great addition to my Gh4 shooting options.
      If there was a way to screw on an ND filter I'd give it 5 stars. I think hey could possible make an accessory modeled after the slip-on lens cover with a 77mm thread.

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      5.0

      Spectacular Lens for City Scapes

      By paulgomango

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

        I shoot in NYC extensively and find this lens to be tremendously strong for city scape photography. The blades in the lens create an attractive starbursts around lights in long exposure night photography and they also produce a pleasant bokeh. Only downside is the inability to easily add ND filters (or other filters) as the shape of the lens doesn't allow one to screw a standard filter on without a filter adapter. Crystal clear throughout the range of F-stops and around the edges.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        OUTSTANDING LENS

        By Nanc

        from Casper, WY

        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
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

          I used this lens right after my purchase for a photographic shoot of a model railroad museum, and I couldn't have been happier. The incredible detail, contrast, and ease of use was amazing. I'll be using this lens for many photographic opportunities and for a long time. Excellent lens with 14 - 28mm (35mm equivalent). Don't hesitate to acquire this lens....you won't regret it.

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          5.0

          Quality in results and construction.

          By JimShooter

          from Okemos, MI

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • LANDSCAPES INTERIORS
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

            I use it mainly for landscape photography and some vehicals interiors.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Lens for Real Estate

            By Ken the Cameraman

            from New Jersey

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

              I love this lens for both still photography and video with my GH4. I use it for landscapes, real estate and Glidecam. More useful than a fisheye in my opinion.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Optics!

              By Skip

              from Simsbury, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • No Provision For Filters

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

              I purchased the Lumix C Vario 7-14mm f/4 lens for use with my Lumix GX7 camera after extensively researching ratings on the internet and after the recent price drop.

              I am using the lens for 1) travel photography, where it is particularly well suited for shooting in confined spaces in cities, where longer focal length lenses cannot capture the breadth of buildings, monuments and other large subjects; 2) for shots of rooms and other interior spaces; and 3) for photographing miniature models (trains, planes, ships and dioramas)where the very short focal length of the lens produces a depth of perspective that enhances realisic appearance of the subjects.

              While I have had the lens for only a few days it has met or exceeded all my expectations. I am particularly impressed with the sharpness of images and amazingly low level of geometric distortion.

              It would be even better if it had provision for filters and if it were a bit lighter (it is the heaviest of all my micro four-thirds lenses).
              Nevertheless I am delighted with it and have already enthusiastically recommended it to a friend. Even before the price reduction it was a good value.

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              3.0

              Ok, but easily creates lens flair

              By jmDDS

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Flair
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

              Sharpness was good; however I found lens flair to show its ugly face when there was any light source in the frame or just outside of it. Drove me nuts.

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              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By webstreamer

              from New York

              About Me 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
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                Works perfect with a new Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K.
                Love it

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful Micro 4/3 lens for Video and Photos

                By FCProductions

                from Friday Harbor, WA

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Smooth Action
                • Solid
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Expensive For It's Size

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                While I initially felt that the price was somewhat high for such a small, compact lens, now that I've had a chance to put it to work, it was worth every penny. With Micro 4/3 (Panasonic GH series), the kit lens just doesn't give you a wide enough perspective at 14-42mm, equating to 28-84mm. While this 7-14 mm is equivalent to 14-28mm. It's perfect for what I needed it for. Mostly to shoot video of people working on projects with the camera positioned fairly close to the subject, while capturing both the subject and their hands working all in the same frame. Exactly what I needed. Very little to no distortion. Also was shooting some grand landscape scenics yesterday, with both stills and video and the results were equally amazing. Feels very solid. If I had to do it all over again, I would buy the same lens. No regrets and now I can get the shots that I need.

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                5.0

                Excellent Results

                By RealSpike

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Urban photography

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                  Took the lens out for a test walk in the city as soon as it was delivered, and was very pleased with the results. Great solution for urban photography. Looking forward to taking it with me on my next trip.

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                  (1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not what I expected

                  By Daryl

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Too Distorted
                  • Too Much Light Bleaching

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                    Lens took a wide picture but too distorted with the center of the image too small. In even mild sunlight, I had too must bleaching of the top of the photo. I am returning item on next trip to NY.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By RG

                    from South Carolina

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                      I was skeptical of this lens for one reason, the f4. I shoot lots of real estate videography and was worried that in a dark room, this lens may not hold up. I couldn't have been more wrong. It is surprisingly bright and a great lens if your looking for a wide lens on the GH4

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                      5.0

                      Great lens-great service from B&H

                      By Claudio

                      from Europe

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                      Decided to buy this wide angle lens for my Panasonic LUMIX GX 1 to complete my lenses range (I own the 45-145 and also the 12-42, which comes as standard pack with the camera body).
                      After few pano shots I already love this lens!
                      Happy to have invested this amount of money and happy having used B&H for first time ever! Will use your services again!

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                      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      GREAT FOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO!

                      By Cip

                      from Toronto, Canada

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp

                      Cons

                      • Distortion

                      Best Uses

                      • Interiors
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Real Estate

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                      I have been using the Lumix G Vario 7-14mm for over 6 months now. When I switched from the Canon 5D to the Panasonic GH4 due to its 4k capabilities, this was one of the first lenses I picked up, and so far I have been very impressed.

                      I shoot real estate Photography and Video walkthroughs, and this is definitely the to go lens for my profession. It's light, small (fits in the tiniest bathrooms) , and nicely built.

                      The image quality is outstanding, especially when it comes to shooting 4k. There is so much detail in each shot, makes my job incredibly easy.

                      Do be careful with the distortion when using it with the GH4, I tend to shoot my interior shots at 8.5mm, depending on room of course, but Lightroom takes care of the distortion in no time.

                      Overall, great product, incredibly wide, doesn't have soft edges, and really really sharp!

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                      4.0

                      All is ok, thank you

                      By AlBri

                      from NOUMEA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                        I have to use for underwater videos

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        superb clarity - minimal distortion

                        By Ralph

                        from Durham NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                          Small compact travel friendly. The wide angle range (14-28mm 50mm equivalent) is similar to my $2900 Nikon F2.8 14-24mm zoom with nearly the same clarity and far more portability. I would strongly recommend this lens.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By thecanonguy

                          from NJ

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                              Great compact lens, thinking about buying the 12-35mm as well.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great lens

                              By Denjes2

                              from Boston, Ma.

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                              After trading in Canon system for micro 4/3, I needed this for my work as a photojournalist. It helps me shoot in situations when the 12-40 isn't wide enough. It is sharp, light enough to hand-hold on my EM-1, and fast. I also use it for personal work. Only con is lack of filter for protection. Got this when the rebate was offered.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Almost Perfect

                              By Uncle Earl

                              from Saratoga

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Low distortion
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Sharp

                              Cons

                              • Some flare

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Street photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                              When I first saw the Panasonic micro 4/3rds optics on my GM1 purchase, I was blown away by the sharpness, low distortion and great contrast. The kit lens for the GM1 makes the camera produce results that equal the ones from my Nikon D7000. So for wide angle landscape shots, I opted for this ultra wide. The technical reviews give it high marks for resolution and distortion and my tests confirm that. Distortion is nearly zero across the zoom range and sharpness is excellent in the center, very good in the corners with little chromatic abberation. The one shortcoming is contrast. Shadows in backlit scenes suffer from some flare. Not terrible, but still visibly lower shadow detail. The shot included below gives an idea of the extreme dynamic range where you can see the lower shadow detail. Somewhere north of 13 bits. So I can't complain too loudly.

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                              (9 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              DO NOT USE on Olympus body

                              By Louis

                              from Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Flare
                              • Not For Olympus
                              • Purple

                              Best Uses

                              • Real Estate Photo

                              Comments about Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format:

                              Very sharp lens, no problem there.On Olympus E-M1 or E-M5 bodies (maybe other Olympus as well) it is VERY susceptible to purple flares and cannot be removed in post processing. Out in the sunlight you will get long purple streaks on the photo when you least expect it.See attached photo and check the purple on the cupboards and counter on the right side. Fortunately, Olympus now has its own 7-14 pro lens coming out.

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