Highly underrated lens, but requires a pro eye for photography
3 weeks ago
Summary: Only capable of great things in an experienced photographers hands. This lens was just recently discontinued and pansonic is no longer shipping them to distributors. Naturally, the price of the lens shot up 50%. I purchased 3 of these lens's over the past few years, none for more than $135. If you are paying more than $140ish for this lens, you got a bad deal and are a victim of supply and demand. The supply on this lens is very low, thus the hike in price recently.
Summary: The 28mm equivalent view is great. I love being able to take pictures indoors of large rooms and capture what's going on. As some of the reviewers have mentioned, this lens is very soft at f2.5 but performs well at f4. I think shooting at f4 and increasing the ISO makes shots turn out better, especially in lower light conditions. When it's very dimly lit inside, I try to avoid using this lens. But if you're looking for a really good Micro 4/3 landscape lens, this is it.
Summary: Good compact lens. Probably the best value for money in m4/3 world. (1/6 for the price of the Olympus 12mm F2) Really sharp in the centre and good in the corners. AF is silent, accurate and reasonably fast. The only cons is that le lens is prone to flare in direct bright light.
Summary: This lens is super good. I use it really for establishing shots for my wedding video productions. It's a great wide angle lens for the money. I really just use it when its sunny outside. I wish that the f stop can go lower though sometimes so I can use it in doors.
Summary: I was never pleased with the image quality (IQ) of the 14-42mm kit lens, good center sharpness but very soft edges and corners, and was hesitant on purchasing the 14mm pancake since some reviewers said its IQ was only on par with the kit zoom lens. Doing an actual IQ comparison test between the 2 lenses on a G5, the 14mm pancake produced noticeably sharper images than the 14-42mm kit lens.
Summary: I purchased the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 lens as part of a kit with a compact Panasonic GF3 body (and I later borrowed another 14mm to compare it with). This lens is impressively tiny and "weightless" - and on a GF3 body, the pair will fit into a T-shirt pocket! Its full-frame 35mm equivalent focal-length is 28mm, so its coverage is fairly wide. Performance is very good, but not outstanding.
Excellent for Outdoor Activities, required for use with the Macro Lens
8 January 2013
Summary: I would give this a 5/5 if it were better than the 14-42mm Lens. But they are identically the same on picture quality. But, the GF3 lens's are magnificent to begin with so in reality and in comparison to some other equally priced lens's, they are really all 5/5's. This lens is for anyone traveling outside. The lens is almost useless indoors, but due to the GF3s intense auto focus ability that is crazy good, this lens makes outdoor shooting a breeze. Excellent all around.
Summary: Quick Summary: * Unbelievably compact and small * 14mm wide focal length (equivalent to 28mm) * Minimal bokeh and low light capability with f/2.5 * Affordable new and SUPER affordable if you buy new from Amazon/Ebay that was part of a kit package (~$180) Detailed Review: The Panasonic 14mm wide angle prime has all the characteristics that fans of Micro Four Thirds love.
Summary: This is a tiny and flat lens, hence the term "pancake." Although I was expecting it to be small, I was still surprised how small it actually was. Wee among the wee. My only point of comparison is the decidedly diminutive Olympus 17mm 2.8 (M3/4) and, amazingly, the Panasonic is a lot smaller. I mounted her on my Olympus E-P3 and what a great little optic, perfect for walks and causal snaps: moderately wide, moderately fast, easy to slip in a pocket and fast and silent AF.