Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS

Announced Aug 26, 2011 •
Zoom lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-PS14042S

Compact kit lens, takes a good photo in the right light but as soon as you are inside or it gets to dusk it under performs. Weakest element is performance in low light. Strongest element is compact and relatively easy zoom toggle but focusing manual is not as good (design). It is centre sharp but has strong vignette and the colours go completely off in low light. This is a handy day time tourist lens.

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I know that this lens is highly acclaimed on many MFT cameras; that's why I bought it as a kit with my Panasonic GX1. To make a long story short: On the GX1, this is a piece of junk. It gave me roughly 80% blurred photos, and the 20% keepers were just so-so. I had bought the kit just 10 days before a vacation to Croatia (because I had considered my Nikon D700 too bulky and heavy for that trip), and I nearly despaired with that new system. I already thought that I was too spoiled with the big ...

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Very compact and light, I find this pancake zoom lens performs reasonably well, considering the complex construction and miniscule size. It starts up fast. Distortion and CA are not a major issue in most situations and flare is well controlled. There is very noticeable light fall off in the corners at certain settings however (despite the built in shading compensation correction on the GX1). My observations are based on a comparison with the original Lumix 14-45mm standard zoom (H-FS014045) - ...

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