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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably good "kit zoom", April 19, 2010
This review is from: PANASONIC LUMIX G Vario Lens, 14-45mm, F3.5-5.6 ASPH., Mirrorless Micro Four Thrids, MEGA Optical I.S., H-FS014045 (USA BLACK) (Electronics)
I've owned the latest Canon and Nikon 18-55mm stabilized kit zooms, and this Panasonic has them beat in terms of sharpness across the frame, lack of color fringing, and build quality. The sharpness at both ends of the zoom range (and everywhere in between) is outstanding for this class of lens. It isn't as small as Olympus' collapsible 14-42, but it is still very small and light. It doesn't focus quite as close as the Olympus zoom but is still capable of nice close up results. As a landscape lens in its focal length range, I believe that it is unsurpassed by any other currently available MFT lens. Highly recommended! Here are some of my images from one outing with this lens: [..]
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2010 7:58:40 PM PDT
I have the pancake lens and thinking of buying a zoom lens, which one is worth buying 14-55mm or 14-140mm lens? I know they are functionally very different. I read reviews saying that 14-140 mm is heavy and quiet incompatible with gf1. Fyi, I am still a beginner in photography. I am interested in shooting scenery, landscapes and kids. Your suggestion is greatly appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2010 3:33:36 PM PST
D. Filbin says:
I can't make any recommendations, as I don't own a 14-55... however, I am selling a 14-140 lens that is in 'like new' condition if you do make up your mind to get one (if you haven't already). (i just posted it, so it may be a few hours before it is available) Cheers! -Dan

Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 OIS Video Optimized Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 5:34:10 PM PST
L. M. Wilson says:
I'm curious. Why did you decide to sell your 14-140?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 9:25:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2010 9:25:35 PM PST
D. Filbin says:
I bought a 2nd GH1 and didn't need two kit lenses... sold 1 to pay for the 20mm/1.7 lens and some other goodies.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2011 6:05:33 AM PST
@V. Endraiyani:
I have the 14-140mm lens and it's a great lens. This is a 14-45mm lens, not 14-55. Was that a typo? Because Panasonic does not make a 14-55mm Micro four thirds lens.
This lens does not look that much smaller than the 14-140mm. If I could only have one of the two lenses, I would definitely go with the 14-140mm. It has a much longer range on the telephoto end and it has the same maximum aperture. Of course it costs over twice as much. But it is also the only lens optimized for the best constant focus during movie shooting.
So to answer your question, I would go with the 14-140mm unless cost is a factor and you don't ever shoot telephoto.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 8:59:31 AM PDT
Danny Arnold says:
I have the14-45 4/3 zoom and the 45-200 zoom which gives you a great range for only a small amount more than the 14-140 lens alone. I love them both. I also have the 20mm lens, which is really the ONE lens you can't be without. If you want to start with a zoom this 14-45 is a very good choice, reasonably priced and extremely sharp.
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