Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Review

4.5
December 24, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 imoveis alegrete

this really cool camera

3:01 pm - Friday, December 24, 2010

#2 zebarnabe

Fair review, you guys forget to put a video (or at least mention it) showing the smooth aperture changes. Quite better than light ‘jumps’ when using other lens….

Slap a Raynox DCR-250 and manual focus to FURTHER (not closer! - focus breathing is quite noticeable with it) and you get quite a a macro combo (with little vignetting)...

Shame that it starts a f/4.0 and at 50mm it’s already at f/5.6 ... :/

3:27 pm - Friday, December 24, 2010

#3 Frank Stanton

Two serious alternatives to the Panasonic 14-140mm lens are combinations of either the 14-45 mm zoom ($320 US) with the 45-200mm zoom ($260 US) or the 14-42mm zoom ($200 US)with the 45-200 lens. I owned the first combination with a G1 camera and was surprised at the photo quality of both lenses. They are probable a little better than comparable Nikon lenses and worlds ahead of Canon’s offering. I think the 14-140 mm is purely a money grab and really geared more towards people who shoot videos; it is not nearly as good and the above combinations. If one adds together the cost of this lens with the current Panasonic body offerings it is hundreds more that great full HD videocam offerings from either Sony or Canon, both of which actually take good quality stills.

9:04 pm - Friday, December 24, 2010

#4 Lester

I have the 14-140, along with a 14-45 and 45-200.  It is always the 14-140 that goes onto my camera first, and it takes 80% of my shots.  I find it is pretty much as good as the 14-45 which is simply an outstanding lens (and is much better than my 45-200, but I think I may have a bad copy of that lens), it just stays on my camera because of its range and versatility.  Expensive, yes, and if you are running a (non-video) G1, the 14-45 and 45-200 pair would probably be better value.  But if you run a GH1 or GH2 and take videos, the 14-140 IMHO is a must-have.

11:19 pm - Friday, December 24, 2010

#5 C.Y.Leow

Impressive performance especially at the long end! I might get one for my E-P2 :)

3:20 am - Monday, December 27, 2010

#6 Mike B

I have taken lots of family photos over this Christmas holiday period, all indoors with a external flash (Metz). The results have been very good with the 14-140mm on a GH1 body, much better than my brothers Nikon D90, and my mums Panasonic TZ10, which suffers from lots of image noise.

For anyone that can afford it buy a GH1 or GH2 with the 14-140mm lens and you have a great package.

12:22 am - Saturday, January 1, 2011

#7 Fredy Ross

I read that the bokeh is no good in this lens. How did you find it and have you got some compositions online to see. I am thinking of going lighter and am looking for an all round lens with a lighter camera than my canon 7D

12:18 pm - Sunday, January 2, 2011

#8 zebarnabe

Bokeh is always a subjective matter, i would say it is not at 20mm f/1.7 level, but it is not bad by itself:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41967279@N05/5065776934/

4:16 pm - Sunday, January 2, 2011

#9 Fredy Ross

Much appreciated. Am trying to decide between this and the Sony 55 for travelling with a long zoom which Tamron is bringing out very soon. In the meantime I am Canon enthusiast but getting far too heavy for an old lady and the small ones rarely give me good bokeh. I enjoyed your shots and hope very much to see Portugal in the near future.

5:07 pm - Sunday, January 2, 2011

#10 Bild

I use the lens mainly for video recording. But for the holidays, as always top, is the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm HD perfect! It is not cheap, but the purchase is worth it.

9:12 am - Saturday, January 8, 2011

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