Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS

Announced Sep 12, 2008 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-FS014045
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First of all, that isn't a review, but a Pro & Contra for the Lens, i do love it onto my old, trusty G1 Lumix. Pro: A very nice and small lens, sharp, and the "Original", first Kitlens for the Lumix G1 Panasonic. Way sharp, even into the corners. Near silent & fast AF operation. Metal Bajonett Mount, not plastic like the 14-42(II). Optimal aperture setting between f/5.6-f/8 aperture. Build in OIS (Panasonic's Image Stabilizer System) works into 3 steps, and is onto the lens directly on/off ...

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I got this lens in addition to the 14-42mm Kit lens that came with my G3 and I’m very happy I did. The G Vario 14-45mm was the original “Kit” Lens for the early G series Lumix. It tested extremely well, got loads of praise, and truly stood out from the competition. It was replaced with the 14-42mm a few years later, I assume due to price. Since it is only offered separately now, the sometimes derogatory “Kit Lens” may not be appropriate due to its overall higher quality. Although the speed ...

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Very good kit lens for Panasonic M43. Image quality on high standard (though I think a bit overpraised as the cheapo 18-55 kit lenses of other systems also offer quite good image quality). Focus is very fast and silent, OIS works very well, sometimes even as good for low light at 14mm as the 20 1.7, in terms of not blurred out keepers. Compared to the 20 1.7, the ability to zoom is a very very big advantage. When I go travelling, I mainly use 14-45 instead of 20 1.7. IMHO, this lens is better ...

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Useful focal range, very good image quality for a kit lens, challenging some of those L lenses, fast and silent focus, effective OIS, convenient in-camera correction of distortion, good build quality Problems: Small aperture, bigger than Olympus counterpart, macro inferior to 1442, too.

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