Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm f/4-5.8 ASPH. O.I.S. - Review / Test Report
1 August 2010
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Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm, f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. Lens
1 June 2009
Summary: An optically-stabilised extended-zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds System cameras.Initially the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm, f/4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S. lens will be the main kit lens supplied with the GH1 body. However, it is also being sold as a stand-alone product, which is why we've reviewed it separately. Consisting of 17 elements in 13 groups, it includes four non-spherical elements and two ED (Extra-low dispersion) elements. . .
Summary: The Panasonic 14-140 mm is an attractive kit lens with multiple positive attributes. Up to a focal length of 50 mm, the optical performances are very good, and then they slowly continue to decrease. Apart from the wide angle, the distortion is well controlled. The silent AF and built-in IS make the lens an ideal companion for the video enthusiast or the photographer who wants to have just one lens.
Pros: Large zoom range, Quiet AF and integrated IS, Low vignetting or distortion, Up to 100 mm: high resolution, Compact
Cons: Distortion at 14 mm, Lower resolution at longer focal lengths