Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS

Announced Mar 3, 2009 •
Lens | Micro Four Thirds | H-VS014140

I got this lens as kit with a new GH3 for event videography which was a mistake. I'm shooting 1080p and it' can't find focus in (relatively) dark rooms even when the light is in the ISO 1600, 1/50, f/4, level where even the little NEXes don't have a problem focusing. It searches a lot and makes footage unusable when using Continous AF. I know I should be using manual focus, but the GH3 doesn't support MF assist in video mode! Talking of Catch 22 situation. So, it's an overpriced and not ...

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I had two of them over the time. Used them on GH1 and GH2. The lens is ok for a superzoom, but has some flaws. Zooming is smooth and good. It is pretty big and heavy and feels unbalanced with a m4/3 camera of the size of these mentioned. AF is optimised for filming but I still had a lot OOF videos. Not so good. Stills were ok but it is a little but too soft at the longer end. Two or three times it seemed that the lens was "frozen", the AF wasn´t moving anymore and I had to take it of from the ...

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I use this with my Panasonic GF1 when I need a smaller (than a full-frame) camera with me. Usually I pack this and the 20mm pancake. Attached to the GF1's slender body this lens looks quite hilarious, and dominates both in size and weight. It is at its best when shooting video, as the AF works very well and silently. However I've noticed that if I am at the far end of the zoom range and my target is moving at all I seem to end up with blurry images unless I raise the ISO to at least 400. I ...

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