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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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Color: Black

The Panasonic premium LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) lens is the newest addition to the Lumix CSC lens lineup. With electric-powered zoom operation, the retractable Power Zoom H-PS14042 lens is extremely compact, approximately 26.8mm in length, and weighs approximately 3.35oz, offering ultra-high portability.Panasonic’s new premium LUMIX ”X” Series of lenses, including the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S., offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) suitable for a wide range of scenes, such as dynamic landscape to portrait. Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, the LUMIX X lenses feature superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating to help minimize ghosts and flaring in natural settings with remarkable transparency.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 3.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces
Item model number H-PS14042K
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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4.3 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #384 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at August 26, 2011

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First, the double-image others reported are not due to defective lenses. It has to do with an incompatibility between the 14-42 X PZ and certain models of lightweight cameras, specifically early model Panasonic GX1's, the G3, G2 and a couple GF models. The shutter on these models are a bit too forcefull, and actually shake the floating elements used in the OIS system. Panasonic claims to have fixed the issue in later hardware revisions of the cameras, as well as a firmware update to the lens itself. To see if your model is compatible, it's best to contact Panasonic. In general, larger bodies like the G5, GH2, GH3 will not have these issues. I'm not aware of any problems with Olympus cameras, but don't quote me on that.

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.
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Initial testing was good, but some images appeared very soft when they shouldn't be. After digging through some forums and reading up a lot, I found this lens has a vibration issue that causes a "double image". Some people attributed it to the OIS (stabilization) but that is not the case.

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.
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My first compact system camera was a GF1 together with the 14-45 kit lens. Although my first lens showed some decentring to the right side, I exchanged it for another one and was really happy with the results. This lens was very sharp through the whole zoom range, but it was painfully big at the same time. It was hardly smaller than the usual APS-C DSLR kit-lenses from Canon Nikon etc. All the size-advantage of the mirrorless MicroFourThirds System just vanished. Of course i was happy when putting the 20mm pancake on my GF1, but sometimes I wanted just a bit more reach, without the need for superbright lenses, just a nice universal walkaround lens.
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.
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