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PANASONIC LUMIX G VARIO LENS, 7-14MM, F4.0 ASPH., MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, H-F007014 (USA BLACK)
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- 7-14mm focal length
- 14-28mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Image stabilization, via camera body where available
- 0.25m/9.84" minimum focus
- Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Hood built-in|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Image Stabilization||via camera body where available|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 2.76 x 3.27 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.66 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.25 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||7 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Real Angle Of View||114 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Style Name||US Version|
7-14mm focal length 14-28mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras F4.0 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum Image stabilization, via camera body where available 0.25m/9.84 minimum focus Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
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Taking advantage of its wide, 114-degree angle of view, users can easily fit subjects into the frame even when shooting indoors where the distance is limited. The world looks extraordinary when viewed through the new lens, allowing photos and movies to be recorded with a uniquely rich perspective.
This high-performance lens system achieves outstanding compactness by combining 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses and four ED lenses. Image resolution is high from corner-to-corner even at the wide-angle setting. It also features F4.0 brightness over the entire zoom range thanks to its large-diameter glass molded lens elements.
When mounted on the DMC-GH1 Lumix G Micro System Camera, the new lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes a Face Recognition function, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.
The Lumix G Vario 7-14mm/F4.0 ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance. The optimally designed lens hood enables use even under strong sunlight.
- Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (2 Aspherical lenses, 4 ED lenses)
- Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
- Optical Image Stabilizer NO
- Focal Length f=7 mm to 14 mm (35 mm camera equivalent 14 mm to 28 mm)
- Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
- Aperture F4.0
- Minimum Aperture F22
- Closest Focusing Distance 0.25 m / 0.8 ft at all focal lengths
- Maximum magnification Apporox. 0.08x / 0.15x (35 mm camera equivalent)
- Diagonal Angle of View 114° (W) - 75° (T)
- Filter Size -
- Max. Diameter f70 mm / 2.76 in
- Overall Length Approx. 83.1 mm / 3.27 in (from top of the lens hood to the base side of the lens mount)
- Weight Approx. 300 g / 10.58 oz
- Standard Accessory Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag
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Best of all is the Olympus 7-14/2.8 but if you're in the market for one of those, you're not reading this and the size, weight and cost of the Olympus is not a concern. The Panasonic does have some purple fringing which Olympus users may need to remove in processing (I assume Panasonic cameras do this automatically.) Flare and lack of bokeh (out of focus circles)? True enough, but ultra-wide lenses are not ideal for shooting into the sun or shallow depth of field effects. Any other type of lens will do a better job at these things than an ultra-wide.
So there are 3 choices here. The Olympus 9-18 which is perfect for an m43 outfit in terms of size and weight but a but unsharp in the corners. The Panasonic 7-14 which is still quite small, yet wider and sharper than the Olympus 9-18, and the Olympus 7-14/2.8 which is stellar but too large and heavy to take advantage of how truly small and light a m43 outfit can be. Of course, compared to the Nikon 12-24 or Canon's 11-24, all these lenses are tiny, and cheap, too.
As for the price, consider that as of this writing, Olympus wants $700 for the 12mm prime whereas any of these lenses covers the whole range from ultra-wide to wide replacing at least two, if not three lenses. And no, the 12mm isn't appreciably better than either the Panasonic or Olympus 7-14 lenses, but it's even smaller, faster and lighter, so it's the best choice if you're absolutely sure you want exactly a 12mm focal length.
More lens reviews (with samples) are here: http://www.david-ruether-photography.com/MFT-Lenses.htm