Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH
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New Lumix 14-140mm Lens is a Winner!
Joe, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I have both versions of this lens, and they are both excellent. The f/3.5 version is a half pound lighter that the f/4 version and is sharp corner to corner at 140mm and f/3.5. What a delight it is to cary on my GH3 and G5!
Excerpt: I have only used this about four times now, but already I can't imagine not having this lens. I've read other people's comments that this lens is their primary lens, but haven't really understood what they meant by that comment. Your ability to compose multiplies by many times and is well worth the 3 oz increase in weight from the standard 3x zoom lens that comes with the G5. Lens stabilization seems to work well.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Summary: This is the primary lens on my GX7 and I am very satisfied with the performance. I primarily shoot wildlife and birds around parks, zoos, and places where animals are used to people and this is a great length for this type of photography. It is best used with a monopod at the 140mm range with about 20% being very sharp if you only hand hold it (about 5 out of 30 will be noticeably sharper at 1:1 viewing).
Summary: I used to have the old 14-140mm lens, but the weight often put me off as all round general lens, which I bought 12-35mm instead, though 35mm is not really far enough. So I bought 45-175mm to cover the telephoto. But when you travel often you don't have time to change lens, and that is the lesson I learned after a trip.
Excerpt: I purchased this to test out the new Panasonic GH4. I was about to purchase the 12-35 and 35-100 mm lenses for well over 2K, but being new to panasonic I decided to try this lens first. #1 there was a back order so I purchased the older version of this lens. I was very disappointed. When this lens came in it was perfect. Smaller and lighter than previous model. completely silent when shooting video. And very high quality pictures and 4K movies.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: So far I didn't find anything that I don't like about this lens. It takes fantastic landscape pictures and I also can use it for close up photos of wildlife. The pictures are very clear. I just love the wide range of possibilities. The zoom is smooth. I use this lens on a Panasonic Lumiz DMC-GH3.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Summary: I bought this at the last minute prior to a voyage through the Magic KIngdom gates in Orlando with teen granddaughters. It is lighter and smaller than I expected. The zoom range is wonderful. It only leaves my GX7 when I need the Lumix 100-300. In 35mm equivalent math, this functions as a 28 to 280. With the Panasonic cameras there is an optional "Ex Tele Conv" choice the almost doubles the telephoto to about the equivalent of 500mm for JPEGs and video.