Panasonic 14mm F2.5 and 100-300mm F4-5.6 lenses - quick preview
1 14mm F2.5 Pancake Lens
Panasonic officially unveiled two long-expected Micro Four Thirds lenses alongside its DMC-GH2 interchangeable-lens camera - the 100-300mm F4-5.6 ultra-telezoom and the 14mm F2.5 wideangle. In addition it announced the commercial incarnation of a 3D stereoscopic lens which is primarily designed to produce images for viewing on its Viera TVs.
The 14mm F2.5 and 100-300mm F4-5.6 sit at almost diametrically opposite positions in the Micro Four Thirds lineup - the telezoom is the largest, heaviest and longest lens yet made for the system, whereas the wide prime is one of the smallest (and certainly the lightest) interchangeable autofocus lenses we've ever seen. Let's take a closer look, starting with the pancake prime.
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Pancake
The Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH (also known as the H-H014) is Panasonic's second slimline 'pancake' prime for Micro Four Thirds, and has a 28mm-equivalent wideangle field of view. It's gained a welcome third of a stop maximum aperture from the original F2.8 design Panasonic originally exhibited at trade shows early in 2010, meaning that it's now capable of gathering twice as much light as the various Micro Four Thirds kit zooms which start at the same focal length.
The most striking aspect of the 14mm F2.5 is its size. In a word, it's tiny; in two words, really tiny. We must admit to being somewhat skeptical about the value of this lens in a system that already boasts no fewer than seven zooms covering this focal length, but the moment you take it out of the box you begin to understand Panasonic's line of thought. Resembling nothing more than a 20mm F1.7 that's been shrunk in the wash, the 14mm is substantially smaller than its stablemate, and noticeably more petite than even the Olympus Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake. Panasonic goes so far as to claim that it's the 'world's lightest interchangeable single focal length lens', tipping the scales at a featherweight 1.9 ounces (55g).
To achieve this Panasonic has gone to town on the optics: squeezed into the ultra-short barrel are six lens elements, no fewer than half of which boast aspheric surfaces. Internal focusing is employed, promising high speed and low noise for movie shooting. Owners of the 20mm F1.7 will be pleased to see the same size filter thread (46mm), but may also find themselves re-engaging in the pastime of sourcing a suitable third-party hood (as Panasonic again don't supply one with the lens).
The 14mm F2.5 has a design immediately reminiscent of the 20mm F1.7. Despite its light weight it feels just as well made as its big brother, with a smoothly-damped manual focus ring and solid-feeling construction. To complete the package, it comes with new slimline front and rear caps (click here for a picture), which better complement the 'pancake' concept than the chunkier ones which are supplied with the 20mm F1.7 (credit to Panasonic for this, it's always nice to see a company paying attention to the small details).
On the camera
These views give some perspective on just how tiny the 14mm F2.5 really is - it looks almost comically small on the GH2 (which isn't exactly huge), and its slim lines are apparent from the top-down shot on the GF1.
The lens's dimensional minimalism really begins to make sense when you think of it as a complement not to the kit zoom, but to Panasonic's other small primes: the wonderful 20mm F1.7 ASPH and the Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 OIS Macro. Put these together and you have a modern-day equivalent of the three-lens kits that came with classic 35mm cameras such as the Leica CL(E) and Contax G1 / G2, and which are so light you'll be able to carry them around all day and night and scarcely notice. (Of course what we'd still really like to see for Micro Four Thirds is a wider prime around the 12mm mark, plus a true large-aperture 'portrait' lens, maybe something like a 50mm F1.4. Hopefully these will show up in due course.)
Compared to other pancake lenses
Here's the 14mm sitting snugly in the midst of a number of other contenders in this currently-fashionable segment. None of these could ever be described as large, but the 14mm is clearly the smallest of all. This despite being the second-widest in this group, and slightly faster than the other wideangle designs.
|Five Flavors of Pancake. From Left to Right: Samsung 20mm F2.8 (30mm-equivalent), Sony 16mm F2.8 (24mm-equiv.), Panasonic 14mm F2.5 (28mm-equiv.), Olympus 17mm F2.8 (35mm-equiv.), Panasonic 20mm F1.7 (40mm-equiv.)|
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Specifications
|Price|| US: $tbc
|Manufacturer's product code||H-H014|
|Date introduced||September 2010|
|Maximum format size||Micro Four Thirds|
|35mm equivalent focal length||28mm|
|Diagonal angle of view||75°|
|Lens Construction||• 6 elements/ 5 groups
• 3 Aspherical elements
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|Minimum focus||0.18m / 0.59ft|
|Maximum magnification||Approx 0.1x|
|AF motor type||DC Micro motor|
|Focus method||Internal focus|
|Filter thread||• 46mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories*||• Front and rear caps
• Lens case
|Weight||55g (1.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||55.5mm diameter x 20.5mm length
(2.2 x 0.8 in)
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
Preview Samples gallery - 14mm F2.5 on GH2
There are 30 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing, we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.
Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. A reduced size image is provided to be more easily viewed in your browser. As always the original untouched image is available by clicking on the 'original' link.
|Panasonic DMC-GH2 14mm F2.5 ASPH samples gallery Posted 8th October 2010|
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 5, 2013
Sep 5, 2013
|scrum break away by al booth|
from Sport competition
|Parking Deck by Olaf R|
from Your City - Parking Garage
|Communication Tech by alberto_b|
|With & without by OBellini|
from Empty - Full
When one of his friends got a lens filter stuck on his $1,700 Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L lens, former MythBuster Adam Savage removed it using an unlikely, terrifying tool: a band saw.
The New Yorker asked Magnum's famed photographers, in town for the agency's 70th anniversary, to go out and capture 'the fleeting beauty of New York City's golden hour.' This is what they shot.
Roger Cicala is a difficult man to impress, but he's been waxing lyrical over at Lensrentals about Sony's new 12-24mm wide zoom.
Glassware is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, especially against a white background. This tutorial shows you how to do it with hardly any gear.
Handevision is now shipping its all-metal Iberit 90mm F2.4 short telephoto lens for Leica M-mount 35mm and full-frame cameras.
Isocell comprises four sub-brands: Bright, Fast, Slim and Dual which are tailored to specific mobile device market demands.
The new store will be located at the Fotografiska center for contemporary photography in Stockhom, Sweden and carry the full range of Hasselblad products.
A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.
Need more evidence that 2017 is the year analog begins its comeback? Well, welcome another new film stock to the world.
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.
Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' from over a thousand volunteers.
Ricoh has dropped the price of its Theta SC 360 spherical camera by to $199, a reduction of roughly $50. The camera features two 12MP sensors and can record Full HD video in addition to stills.
Photojournalist Pete Souza served as the presidential photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. In an interview with fellow photographer Marcia Nighswander, he discusses several of his most noteworthy images.
Photographer Michael Wolf has been documenting the crowded conditions of Tokyo's subway trains since the 1990s. The photos have gone viral regularly in the years since he started the project, and he just published the final edition in the series.
The just-launched OnePlus 5 is getting a minor update that should improve camera function.
A Belgian camera shop is showing off an extremely rare, limited 'Rex Edition' Nikon D500. The cosmetic alterations were provided by a customer's German Shepherd Rex, who got ahold of the camera within a day of its purchase.
Adobe says that many of its users have been relying on SkyBox for VR editing and it therefore made sense to make the plug-ins available to all subscribers through Creative Cloud.
The Pictar grip provides a number of customizable physical controls for your iPhone camera, but at its price point we would like to see better materials and build quality.