Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 3,5-5,6/14-45mm Asph
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Good lens but very small
Ryan G, B&H Photo
7 June 2014
Excerpt: The lens is amazing don't get me wrong but I am slightly disappointed by the size of it. It's not a huge deal but it just makes your camera look less professional and if you have bigger hands the focus ring may be hard to use.
Excerpt: While both this (14-45) and the 14-42 were first issued as kit lenses and neither would be considered prime, recall that the only "kit" this lens was ever on was an original G. It is, in my opinion, a far superior zoom for this range and my GX7 loves it. BTW, I kinda' like it as well.
Excerpt: I have been using this lens on my black magic pocket camera for travel. For it's price it is brilliant. It's range of zoom makes it quite versatile and the OIS does a good job of removing small shakes during hand held recording. A pixel watching fanatic will notice some quality artifacts but, again, for the price it is produces excellent picture quality.
Excerpt: My GX-1 came with the now-ubiquitous 14-42 which, upon testing, proved to be good but not excellent. I finally broke down and got the 14-45 at twice the price, which is superior in sharpness, color rendition, fringing, etc. It's only a little bit (8%-9%) better, but it make all the difference. I should have just bought the body and lens separately.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, External Ois Switch, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good Sharpness And Color, Metal Mounting Ring, Strong Construction
Summary: I have an Olympus E-P3 kit with 17mm 2.8 pancake. I love the pancake for candids and portability, but craved a zoom for outdoor shooting. After shopping around the Panasonic 14-45 landed on my doorstep. It's small compared to a DSLR zoom but still managed to propelled my wee E-P3 out of my pocket and into a camera bag. With the included petal cutaway hood, it's really long, especially when racked out to 45mm.
Excerpt: Wonderful lens, better than the 14-42 kit lens that comes with the Panny GX1. I use this lens, the 45-175 zoom and 25mm prime as my main arsenal. The only lens I have used that is better in this range is the 12-35mm gx vario f2.8, but 20% of the price, this lens performs very well!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: This is a perfecly function, kit lens. It has a usable focal length range, stays crisp on both ends but could be quicker. A little slow and therefore the AF doesn't work as well in low light. Not a problem, manual focus works well and is simple to use.
Excerpt: Makes nice clear photos. The zoom hits the sweet spot for 96% of my photos--wide angle to semi-tele. The lens comes with a snap on hood. What I mean is, you insert it and turn 1/4 turn until it snaps into place. Handy, and it fits OVER filters and the lens cap, iE none of these interferes with the other. BTW it comes with a lens cap and a rear lens cap, as well as the hood. The hood is reversible, so you can store it on the lens backwards.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction