Panasonic has created the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS, a second-generation 10x zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens offers a smaller, lighter, less-expensive alternative to the original G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH Mega OIS. The latest version features three aspheric and two ED elements and an internal focus design with linear stepper motors to make the most of the faster focus processing of the latest Micro Four Thirds bodies.

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A New Compact and Stylish High Zoom Digital Interchangeable Lens

April 24, 2013: Panasonic today unveiled a new standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-FS14140) as a new member of LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens. Complying with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new lens offers a wide and long zoom range of 14-140mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-280mm) to suit a large variety of shooting situations yet keeping its profile stylishly compact and lightweight. The lens with this high versatility and mobility can be practically used in a variety of events bringing subjects up close and in shooting impressive portrait with beautifully defocused background.

Comprising of 14 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses to achieve dramatic downsizing despite its powerful 10x optical zoom, while minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow one making it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.

Incorporating an inner focus drive system and stepping motor, The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max.240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF such as DMC-GH3 and the new DMC-G6.

The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is built with a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth defocus effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 APSH. Power OIS specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeFourThirds
Focal length14–140 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Power OIS)
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements14
Groups12
Special elements / coatings3 aspherical elements 2 ED lenses
Focus
Minimum focus0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification0.25×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualUnknown
Focus methodInternal
Physical
Weight265 g (0.58 lb)
Diameter67 mm (2.64)
Length75 mm (2.95)
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread58 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo