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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 Devices||DMC-GF3CT, DMC-GH2HK, DMC-GF3CK, DMC-GH2S-BODY-ONLY, DMC-GX1KS, DMC-GX1SBODY, DMC-GX1KK, DMC-GX1KBODY, DMC-GX1XK, DMC-GX1XS, DMC-G3KR, DMC-GF2KK, DMC-GH2KK, DMC-GF3XW, DMC-GF3XR, DMC-GF3KK, DMC-GF3CR, DMC-GF3XK, DMC-GF3KBODY, DMC-GF3CW, DMC-GF3KW, DMC-GF3KR, DMC-GF3XT, DMC-GF3KT, DMC-GF2CS, DMC-G3KT, DMC-GF1C-K, DMC-GH1K, DMC-GH1K-Body-Only, DMC-GF2CK, DMC-GF2CW, DMC-GF2KW, DMC-GF2KR, DMC-GF2KS, DMC-GF2CR, DMC-GH2K-BODY-ONLY, DMC-GH2KS, DMC-G3KBODY, DMC-G3KW, DMC-G3KK, DMC-G1K, DMC-G10K, DMC-G1A, DMC-G1R, DMC-G2A, DMC-G2K, DMC-G2R, DMC-GF1K-K|
|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|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Style Name||US Version|
Panasonic DSL MICRO CAMERAS/7-14MM F4.0 H-F007014 Lenses & Filters
From the Manufacturer
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
Top Customer Reviews
There's nothing wrong with either of these lenses. If you want the best ultra wide zoom for m43, buy the Panasonic. If you want pretty good, less expensive and smaller, buy the Olympus. If you still can't decide, start with the Olympus and see if it meets your needs.
First, an ultra-wide lens is very useful. The difference between 7mm and 14mm is enormous. The broad field of view at 7mm lets you take amazing landscape pictures. At 7mm, mountains are reduced to boulders, and boulders are reduced to small rocks. More importantly, the ultra-wide angle lets you take close ups of objects while preserving their relationship to the objects around them. And most importantly, the ultra-wide angle lets you take pictures in close or cramped quarters that simply would not be possible with any other lens. At 9mm you can sit in the corner of a room and take a picture of the entire room!!! During filming, you can zoom out from 14mm to 7mm to create a dramatic effect that cannot be achieved with another lens.
Second, this is an excellent choice among all ultra-wides. slrgear and dpreview have tested it and found it to provide excellent image quality. It is ideally suited to the Panasonic G1/GH1/GF1 and the Olympus E-P1 because it is the only ultra-wide lens available for micro four thirds that will auto-focus and auto-expose during movies. Auto-focus and auto-exposure are quiet enough under normal conditions that I can't hear them. Auto-focus hunting is minimal. As of firmware version 1.1 (dated 2009/11/25), this lens officially supports auto-focus in 1080p24 FHD movies. It is incredibly light (only 300 grams) when compared to similar lenses in other formats. The next most compact ultra-wide zoom is the otherwise excellent Olympus Zuiko 7-14mm f/4.0 Aspherical Super ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras, which costs 50% more and weighs nearly three times as much with the required Panasonic Mount Adapter. And this lens is currently the only native m43rds ultra wide zoom with constant aperture throughout its zoom range (7mm to 14mm). Wow.
Now the bad news.... Flash is problematic. The wide hood at the end of the lens blocks the on-camera flash in the wide field of view that this lens provides and will cast an ugly shadow right in the bottom middle in your frame. So if you take a flash picture with this lens, your picture will have a dark spot in the center bottom where the lens blocked the on-camera flash :( I'm not sure if a hot-shoe mounted flash can solve this problem because I haven't found any that are rated down to 7mm. This is annoying since at f4.0 this lens isn't fast enough for low light photography without a flash.
And finally, my druthers. My favorite use of this lens is photographing tight indoor spaces, where I am always wishing for a faster lens. So I wish this lens was faster, even though it would be heavier and more expensive. But even exactly as it is, I highly recommend this magical lens for confined quarters and for landscapes.
**Update August 2010**
I took the 7-14mm with me on vacation this month and reacquainted myself with its charms. In Santa Cruz, I discovered that the 7-14mm has a magical ability to look around obstacles, and see things that are not visible to the naked eye. Due to an unfortunate seating choice at the Roaring Camp Railroad, all I could see was the back of the Shay locomotive pulling us up Bear Mountain. At 7mm, this lens reduced the entire locomotive to a small part of the frame and the resulting pictures were better than what I could see with my own eyes (see images). The GH1 with this lens is so light that I took a 1080p24 movie of the Dixiana's 20 minute descent HANDHELD. A few days later I used this lens to take aerial pictures of the Bay Area salt marshes. With this lens's huge 7-14mm range, I could frame my aerial shots exactly as I wanted. No other lens on any other widely available still or video camera system can provide as wide a field of view and as excellent image quality in so compact and inexpensive a package as this lens.
As for the lens itself, the sharpness is very good at f4 and f5.6 throughout the zoom range. It does drop off a bit at the long end (14mm), and at f8, but not much. Some reviews find softness at the edges, but they seem fine to me -- very little fall off. I did notice color fringing at the edges when I didn't expect it -- that is, when there wasn't obvious strong backlighting. I'm guessing the extreme wide angle is gathering light from the edges that isn't obvious when you're focusing on the central image area. It's easily corrected in products like Lightroom.
7mm is very wide, and takes in a huge amount of foreground and background. I took the lens to an air museum and shot 101 pictures. I only used 7mm on 5 of them, with most shots being in the 9-12mm range (18-24mm full frame). It takes thought and skill to make a good wide angle shot, so 7mm won't be used much by me but it's nice to have when needed. The point is that the Olympus 9-18mm might be a good alternative for less money if super wide is not critical.
The lens is well constructed, a bit heavy and bulky, but it balances well on my OM-D E-M1. Zoom and focus rings are silky smooth. The zoom ring turns clockwise which feels natural to me. It doesn't take a filter like the Olympus 9-18mm, but the only filter I use is a polarizer, which won't work well on wide angle shots anyway (only a portion of the scene will be affected, giving an uneven blotchy look).
Overall a superb lens with great optics and versatility when used in the right situations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lens is not good for portraits as it stretches the image on the sides especially at 7mm.Read more