Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/25 G Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras (White Box)
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- Lightest Single Focal Length Lens
- Fast, Bright F2.5 Maximum Aperture
- High-Speed, Silent Contrast AF
- Multi-Coated Lens Elements
- *White box means that it was part of a camera kit that was split and sold separately. It is not a returned or refurbished item*
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|Maximum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 mm|
|Package Height||1.1 x 3.6 x 4.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.15 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||—||Micro Four Thirds||Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3||Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focus Type||manual_only||Micromotor||auto-focus||manual-focus||Micromotor||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||—||2.48 x 1.02 x 2.48 in||3.23 x 3.23 x 4.41 in||2.8 x 2.3 x 2.8 in||2.28 x 1.42 x 2.28 in||2.28 x 1.42 x 2.28 in|
|Item Weight||—||3.07 ounces||7.84 ounces||0.6 lb||4.23 ounces||4.06 ounces|
|Lens Type||wide-angle||Prime lens||all-in-one-zoom||Wide-angle||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||14 millimeters||20 millimeters||25 millimeters||12 millimeters||17 millimeters||15 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||14 millimeters||20 millimeters||25 millimeters||12 millimeters||17 millimeters||15 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||46 millimeters||—||67 millimeters||46 millimeters||46 millimeters|
A great advantage of Micro Four Thirds cameras is their small size and weight, but to maintain that advantage, you need small, light lenses. This wide-angle Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens (28mm equivalent in 35mm) is about as small and light as you can get in this format--it has a diameter of just 2.19", length of 0.81" (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) and it weighs a mere 1.94 oz.
And what a lens! It features 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses, a fast f/2.5 maximum aperture, and uses 7 diaphragm blades to form a circular aperture diaphragm. It has an angle of view of 75° and focuses to 7" (18 cm). This lens is compatible with Lumix G Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The world's lightest slim interchangeable single focal length lens
28mm wide angle (35mm camera equivalent) and F2.5 brightness
3 aspherical lenses for a superb optical performance in compact size
High-speed, silent Contrast AF for both photos and movies with inner focus drive system Circular aperture diaphragm
Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare
Durable metal mount
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I mounted her on an Olympus E-P3 and what a great optic, perfect for candids and snapshots: moderately wide, moderately fast, easy to slip in a pocket and fast and silent AF. AF is definitely a couple notches faster than my Olympus 17mm 2.8. The color, contrast and sharpness are very good wide open and improve to excellent stopped down a bit. And, yes, like my Olympus 17 2.8, it's a little softer around the edges wide open (as most lenses are). But it basically gets it right: subjects and scenes are sharp and pleasantly rendered. Flare and ghosting are generally well controlled but it will flare and ghost a bit when shooting the midday sun through tree tops.
There are a few minor gotchas. The manual focus ring is tiny, coarse and not smooth turning. In contrast, the Olympus 17 2.8 manual focus ring is larger, grippy and turns silky smooth. I rarely use MF so no biggie but be forewarned. Although AF is virtually silent, the auto diaphragm is a little noisy, making a "sheeek" sound as it adjusts to maintain correct exposure in live view on an E-P3 (the diaphragm on Olympus lenses are silent). Oddly, the auto diaphragm is virtually silent when it's mounted on a Panasonic GX1. Sadly, this lens lacks a dedicated hood. I bought a metal Leica style 46mm screw-in hood on Amazon and tossed the lens cap. I like my gear ready-to-shoot and a hood affords enough protection to keep buttons, fingers and most dust off the front element. Finally, while not ugly, the cosmetics aren't as attractive as the Olympus 17 2.8. Of course, Olympus has decades of camera and lens design experience over Panasonic and it shows in the details. Nevertheless, Panasonic nailed the important things and this optic is sharp, fast focusing and so tiny it's hard to tell if a lens is mounted on your camera.
Finally, a note about the IDS Online Shop. This product is gray market and/or lens from a split kit (probably the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3/14 2.5 kit). It arrived in a white box without instructions or warranty cards. I figured as much since it was sold for $100 to $150 less than normal Amazon prices. It was shipped reasonably fast and I can't complain much as $220 is an amazing price for a great lens. Wish IDS also sold the Panasonic 20 1.7 for a similar price...