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PanasonicLumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH. Lens - Micro Four Thirds Format
 
4.7

(based on 150 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Purple flair.

By charles

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I've had this lens for 5 or 6 years. This is a great lens that gets good photos. It is best around f5.6. This lens will flare, badly at times, if you don't help it out. All that is requires is a notepad, folder or something similar to block the sun where it is causing the flair. The lens is incredibly lite and is easy to shoot with one hand. I use the other with a sheet of paper or whatever I have handy and hold it close to the lens to shade it. It's an easy way not to have to change your perspective or have to deal with purple flair in post. My 2 cents.

 
5.0

Great landscapes.

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great photos and video outdoors. In doors, distortion is more noticeable at close distances, but still great video on my Panasonic GH4.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice, sharp wide angle lens.

By Janina

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice wide angle lens for the micro four thirds system. Very sharp and also compact in size compared to a wide angle lens for a full frame camera. Makes carrying gear a breeze. Love this lens.

 
4.0

For GH4

By Goodebar

from Undisclosed

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

Great for both landscapes and indoor group shots. Good color, and very little distortion. Speedy.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You need this lens, now.

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The most useful lens I have ever used. I am very enameled with 4/3 system and use eleven lenses however I prefer using this, the 7 - 14 for nearly all occasions. I refuse to take it off my G7. Fortunately I have other Panasonics to use the other glass and do.
I live in a small southern coastal city and carry the 7 - 14 nearly everywhere. It is a very democratic lens because it is so inclusive. It catches everyone and everything. I'm always looking forward to what I have photographed when I get back to the computer. If a lens can be exciting this is the one. It's a fisherman's casting net. You discover more than you had expected.
The glass is weighty and the protruding front element is shielded by the built-on hood. I prefer the soft zooming grip with its short travel and find myself willing to position and then reposition myself to get the best perspective for what I am photographing. Unless you want your people to look like Pinocchio, it is not a close-up lens. However it does an admirable job of illustrating people "doing what they do." It does not call attention to itself.
The results are sharp and pleasing. There are images within the frame to be gleaned once you learn how to hold the camera level and create the flat horizon I prefer.
I really can't say enough good things about this lens. It is my favorite and I use it everyday.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens for dramatic shots

By Virginia

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love using a wide-angle lens for dramatic images and this lens fits the bill. I purchased this before a trip to the Canadian Rockies and it was the lens I used the most. I am attaching an image I made with this lens.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Camera

By jim

from Raleigh

Verified Buyer

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

Easy to use.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Have Lens

By SpaceMonkey58

from Mountain View CA

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

I took this along on a trip to the California desert last week. Ended up taking about 80% of my shots with it. Shooting directly into the sun will produce a green/violet flare. I'm OK with it, some may not be. Works well for landscape but you will need something interesting in the foreground to make it interesting. This lens is most at home doing interior architectural as it will capture a normal sized room without too much distortion - pretty amazing really.

 
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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Quality in results and construction.

          By JimShooter

          from Okemos, MI

          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
            • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Lens for Real Estate

            By Ken the Cameraman

            from New Jersey

            About Me Pro Photographer

            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Optics!

              By Skip

              from Simsbury, CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful Micro 4/3 lens for Video and Photos

                By FCProductions

                from Friday Harbor, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Excellent Results

                By RealSpike

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 28 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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