Question about Panasonic 14-140mm versions

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TomFid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
Re: Question about Panasonic 14-140mm versions

dbateman wrote:

brentbrent wrote:

Actually, Panasonic has released three 14-140 lenses (not counting merely cosmetic changes):

A. the 14-140 f/4-5.8, model number V-S014140, released in 2009. Big, heavy, and with a reputation for middling to poor image quality;

B. the 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 released in 2013, model number H-FS14140. Although many, including me, referred to this lens as the "14-140 MKII," that was a misnomer. It was a completely new lens, smaller, lighter, different aperture range, with better image quality than the original f//4-5.8 lens ("A"), not an updated version of that lens. Panasonic may have slightly changed the cosmetics of this lens over the years since its release; and

C. the 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 MKII, model number H-FSA14140, which is a weather-resistant version of "B" above. This lens was just announced on April 5, 2019, and hit the market perhaps in May. As an updated version of an existing lens, it is the true "MKII" lens.

The "B" lens above will do Dual IS2 with firmware update v. 1.2. https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/fs14140.html

I think the "B" and "C" lenses are optically the same, and "C" is just weather resistant.

Thank you,

Yes I knew about the one you listed as A.

I just became annoyed with Panasonic trying to look for a cheap what you call C. As it doesn't have a II on the front barrel. Its only distant markings as far as I can tell is an A in the model name which isn't always photographed for ebay ads.

First thought the Red HD would tell you, but no. There seem to be at least 2 different, what you call version B's. So looking at what people list has been confusing.

So only way to be really sure that you are getting the newest weather sealed version is to buy new it seems.

Glad to see no one has come back saying mixed things about various version B's. Would be interesting if all the excellent versions had the red HD or didn't. But maybe we don't know as the sampling size is very low, unless Lens Rentals does some tests.

If you're surfing ebay, the thing to do is ask the seller:

- If they don't know, you can take a chance or pass

- If it's a II, you are now better informed than other bidders

- If they don't answer, you didn't want to buy from them anyway.

The Cs are probably relatively scarce compared to the As and Bs though.

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