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Panasonic G VARIO 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. M.O.I.S.

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Manufacturer Panasonic
Model G VARIO 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. M.O.I.S.
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 14 - 45 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 75 - 27 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:2.9
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions 60 x 60 mm
Weight 195 g
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Average rating (8 owners reviews)
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4.58 Good
Owners reviews (8)
  1. Effivesix
    Effivesix 13 May 2015, 10:52
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    IP 86.132.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: Kit standa
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Nothing to cause perspiration!

    Pros: Compact; quality performer with easy handling; very sharp at f5.6; few if any technical worry points; best kit lens of all the other DSLR brand buys made before.

    Summary: Firm favourite for excellent results, easy portability and useful range. Comfortable handling and good durability. This lens is how kit choices should be - dependable, high quality, and with no desire to dash out and buy a costly replacement. See no reason not to be truly satisfied 100%. It's a case of full marks to Panasonic for setting a really high benchmark in a field of compromises..

  2. joe
    joe 3 January 2015, 16:40
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    IP 2.163.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: plastic buildt

    Pros: still stopped down a few to f5.6-8 very sharp, much more better than 14-42 lens, use ist with G-1 (1.4 firmware), really very sharp, nice colors and high contrast

    Summary: an extraordinary set lens wuth really high qualities

  3. asulea
    asulea 12 July 2012, 06:59
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    IP 86.127.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 275$
    User profile: Amateur

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  4. matadoerle
    matadoerle 12 April 2012, 17:09
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    IP 134.3.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: kit includ
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: nothing to complain about

    Pros: well build and good balanced, acceptable fast autofocus, sharp to very sharp pictures, shipped with lens hood and lens bag and two caps

    Summary: It's a kit lens but still worth more than that. It's acceptable fast, is very sharp and has an acceptable bokeh for such a lens.

  5. Canonicus
    Canonicus 20 February 2012, 20:25
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    IP 95.147.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Limited range-slow at tele end, macro range limited

    Pros: Small. Sharp and smooth to zoom

    Summary: Traded the 14-42mm that came with the G3 kit as it had an unaceptab le plastic mount and the zoom did not feel smooth. All the reports found the 14-45mm slightly better in all respects. Photios so far up to expectations with good saturation and excellent stabilisation. However, I moved from a Canon 450d to downsize and miss the speed of the fabulous Sigma 17-70mm which had 2.8 at the wide end and f4 at the longer tele end. However, the Sigma costs about £300 and the Panny can be bought for half that or less on ebay. The Sigma is also a huge lens and if you are into downsizing, as I am, the Panny is first rate. Sigma are moving into micro4/3rds so we should soon see some interesting alternatives to the brand name lenses

  6. Anecolove
    Anecolove 28 March 2011, 18:10
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    IP 202.156.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: S$210
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Small aperture, macro ability inferior to oly 1442, size bigger than oly counterpart

    Pros: Very sharp for a kit lens, distortion minimal after correction, useful focal length, effective OIS

    Summary: A very good standard zoom for M4/3. I got tired of the fixed angle of view of the 20 1.7, so I bought this lens and I do not regret. Though it significantly increases the size of the GF1, it is still relatively small compared to SLRs.

  7. equitis
    equitis 28 January 2011, 16:45
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    IP 77.0.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: N/A: kit-l
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Macro / Closeup photography limited, slightly soft at 45 mm

    Pros: good optical quality for a standard kit lens; effective OIS; silent and fast AF

    Summary: good lens for standard situations

  8. Michael Shea
    Michael Shea 17 January 2011, 20:53
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    IP 82.34.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: N/A: kit l
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Small apertures best avoided because they give very soft results. It took me ages to realise than anything lower than f8 is hardly ever needed.

    Pros: A versatile lens. Very good results all around the frame and throughout the zoom range. Sharpening of RAW images is always needed though and the default Lightroom and ACR settings will rarely be enough.

    Summary: By all accounts a far better standard kit lens than anything Olympus have thus far produced. Presumably Panasonic provided the inferior 14-42mm on later cameras simply to keep the prices down. A very good lens indeed.

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