Summary: This is a lens that adheres nicely to the Leica tradition. It's larger and heavier than other lenses that cover similar focal lengths, but it is faster and sharper than those lenses also. This is my new lens of choice for my G2.
Summary: not sure why the other review dings this lens for a mistake by amazon - doesn't reflect on the product at all. if you want to know about the actual product, this is an amazingly sharp and contrasty lens. i've seen very little info about this lens from review sites though what there is is extremely positive, and comparing reviews between this 4/3 and pany's m4/3 14-45 kit led me to believe they would be similar. that is not the case.
Summary: Amazon currently have this listed as a micro four thirds lens when it isn't, the 14-50mm F3.8-5.6 was the kit lens for Panasonic's second four thirds DSLR which was the L10. It will mount to a micro 4/3 camera but only via a micro 4/3 to 4/3 adapter (either the Panasonic or Olympus one, they're functionally identical and only differ in cosmetics).
Summary: I purchased the Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Lens to replace the 14-50mm f/3.5-5.6 that came with my Lumix L10 camera. Besides needing a faster lens, I needed the focus range indicator and the manual f-stops for situations where I need to use manual focus and for difficult and special lighting. The lens is very sharp and the auto-focus is quick and acquires subjects accurately. The contrast is excellent and color rendition true.
Summary: I have a Panasonic GF1.... It's a Micro 4/3 camera this lens is a for 4/3 cameras So just be aware that you need a DMW-MA1 Mount Adapter to fit this ring on an micro 4/3. I must admit that it is my fault but a focus on this possible problem would have been apreciate. I ordered the Adpator... so didn't have time to use the lens..
Summary: everything about this lens is awesome. if you are thinking about it for your kit, it is clean, crisp, and well made. however, don't buy the lens on its own, it's cheaper to buy it as part of the DMC-L1 bundle!! i don't understand the pricing of this lens as a standalone. right now on amazon the amazing DMC-L1 (which is comparable to the Leica Digilux 3) is available for around 800 bones and comes with this exact lens. i know!!
Panasonic 14-50mm f/3.8-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS Leica D VARIO-ELMAR review by abraxusss
12 April 2010
Summary: I must start by stating this lens is as sharp as the Olympus 12-60 mm F2.8-4 ED SWD. The images produced with this lens are simply superb. I have used both lens and prefer the Lecia. If you desire razor sharp images from a lens, this is a must have for all 4/3 users. The flare and chromatic abrreation control are outstanding. The image stablilation producted sharp images at 1/6 of a second. The optics of this lens are truly amazing !!!
Summary: Probably the best thing about this lens is that it is almost up to par with Olympus. At best, it is sharp, with beautiful bokeh, etc, etc. Typical quality we expect from Leica-like optics (this isn't really a leica lens, but as close as you can get from Panaasonic's factories.) The bad thing is that it is not nearly as well built as Olympus. No moisture protection, so with an E-3 not a great fit. Also, it suffered from the all-too-typical "Zoom Lock" problem.
Summary: I just took the Leica 14-50 out on a two day photo shoot in New Mexico. I use the lens on my Olympus e-410. I was totally impressed with the corner to corner sharpness. The image stabilization works well. Is this lens worth the money? The answer is yes if you want the best!