Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review

December 31, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |

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PMA 2009 saw the announcement of this lens for the micro-four-thirds system. The lens is very small and uses a complex design of 16 elements in 12 groups, with 2 aspherical elements. As the four-thirds system mount produces a 2x ''crop factor,'' the lens produces an effective field of view of 14-28mm when mounted on a Panasonic G-1 or GH-1.
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The Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f/4 ASPH is one of the most exciting and extreme micro four-thirds lenses out there. Its field-of-view is equivalent to 14-28mm on full format (35mm) cameras - this is about as wide as it gets for a rectilinear (non-fisheye) lens. It remains a relatively compact lens and regarding the rather small amount of glass you may have hoped for an attractive pricing but, unfortunately, such wishes do rarely come true in this business and at around 1100EUR/US$ it is probably far out-of-reach for most amateurs.
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