Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Digital Cameras (Black)
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- 28mm-84mm in 35mm equivalent zoom
- Nano Surface Coating technology minimizes reflections at entire visual light range
- POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) integrated into the lens makes it easy to shoot sharp images even in low-lit situations
- Power zoom
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||n/a|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 2.4 x 1.06 inches|
|Item Weight||0.21 pounds|
|Lens Type||Standard Zoom lens|
|Material Type||Plastic and metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||42 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||28 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The lens itself is a nice kit lens. It's better than the 14-42 lens including in most Panasonic camera kits, and roughly equal to the vaunted 14-45. 14-45 is a bit better on the wide end, 14-42 is better on the long end. Check the MTF charts on Panny's site to see for yourself. It's a great partner to the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras. You can use the 20mm indoors, keeping the zoom in your pocket, and swap them out when you go outside or need either a wider or closer shot. It's really convenient and low-key 2 piece kit for only $600 (unless you got the 14-42 X in your kit).
As for quality, the center of the lens is tack sharp, it's when you look at the edges and corners do you realize that this is still just a kit zoom. It's not poor, I've printed 20x16 posters that look great on the wall and wallpapers that look great on my desktop. However, pros will notice some blurring and lack of contrast in the off center. Of course, I always want a wider, bright aperture. But what do you expect? It's a pancake kit lens. For that, it's great.
I did some test photos with the shutter speed between 1/60th and 1/200th second. I know this isn't a safe shutter speed for the long end of the telephoto but you can tell the difference between motion blur and the double image problem. Taking 18 photos, at least 10 of them showed the double image. I took another 18 with OIS on and again 10 or so had the double image.
I'm pretty positive that there is something wrong with the stabilization lens, such that it sometimes vibrates even with OIS off. If I held the extended portion of the lens with my fingers, that seemed to decrease/eliminate the issue.
I could not recommend this lens to anyone until Panasonic fixes the issue and new reports come out of people using and testing it successfully.
I got my 14-42X as part of the GF3 kit. Possibly the newer versions have been fixed, but I haven't seen any evidence of that yet.
If you do buy the lens, please test it by going to shutter mode, setting the shutter speed to 1/60th, OIS off, and take 3 shots of a sign or something with high contrast (lettering is good) from about 10-15 ft away. Then up the shutter speed one notch and shoot 3 more. Keep doing that until you get to 1/200th. Repeat the same procedure with OIS on. Then review the pictures at 100% magnification. If you see the double image around letters, your lens has the problem.
Then Olympus came out with their vision of a collapsible kitzoom when introducing the E-P1 together with the M.Zuiko 14-42. I was full of envy to see this nice small lens. Although it received lots of criticism due to wobbly construction and slow autofocus, nevertheless it was aiming in the right direction. Even Samsung "borrowed" the collapsible design for their NX 20-50 lens, while Panasonic came later with their "cheap" version of the old 14-45 namely the 14-42 which was even bigger than the previous 14-45. I lost any hope for something special from Panasonic until they announced the new x PZ 14-42 lens last year, which was nearly half as small as the already compact M.Zuiko, but with powerzoom and automatic extension and some nice features like step-zoom, zoom resume etc. They even claimed the new lens to perform better than the already perfect 14-45. Meanwhile i got rid of my 14-45 as i wasn't using it very often. If I really had to carry a big lens, i rather preferred the 14-140.
First of all the x14-42 is really small and light. It is hardly bigger than the 20mm pancake and at the same time even lighter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. Takes great photos, good zoom function, light to carry. Perfect for travelling.Published 4 months ago by VM
This has to be the best 14-42mm zoom lens that Panasonic makes. The action is smooth, quick and quiet. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sean Murphy
It makes a great travel zoom on my Lumix GM1 body. Very good optical quality as well.
I am very pleased with the purchase.
I use this as my primary lens on m GX7 works great is sharp. i tend to use AE-L button on the rear for focus so don't worry taht this is a focus by wire lens. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wally brooks
I bought this for my gh4 and I'm very please with it. For the price, I can't really complain; it gets the job done and everything looks nice and crisp. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SelflessHERO
This lens is aproved by Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera but it is not working. It is blocked , no zoom , no focus. Is it a camera or lens problem? I want to return both.Published 12 months ago by Peterson Medeiros Beltrame
I won't comment on the quality of the lens, there are enough reviews of that here and on the Internet about it and the general consensus is that it's fine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Hedstrom