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Panasonic H-PS14042E-K Lumix G X VARIO 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH Lightweight Standard Zoom Lens

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  • New Premium Lens Brand “X” From LUMIX G Micro System
  • The World's First Digital Interchangeable Power Zoom Lens
  • Outstanding Compactness and High Image Quality by Lens Construction
  • Nano Surface Coating Technology for Dramatic Reduction of Ghost and Flare
  • Light Speed AF and Shortened Shutter Time Lag
  • POWER O.I.S.
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 95 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
  • Item model number: H-PS14042E-K
  • ASIN: B005K6WTSK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Aug. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

It's a new cutting-edge interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. with electric-powered zoom operation from the new premium lens brand “X” for LUMIX G Micro System that complies with Micro Four Thirds System standard. Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, new premium lens brand “X” features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghosts and flaring and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency.

Comprising of 9 lenses in 8 groups, the lens system features excellent contrast at entire zoom range. The inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses that helps achieving the downsizing of lens unit also improves optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28 mm wide end. The 2 ED lenses effectively compensates for the chromatic aberration. And, the retractable-type zoom lens boasts outstanding compactness with approx. 26.8 mm** in length and approx. 95g in weight to realize ultra-high mobility.

Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear image with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior optical design realizes outstanding smoothness to support the high speed AF system of LUMIX G cameras. It achieves approx. 0.1 second Light Speed AF*** thanks to the downsizing of focus lens and its amount of movement. By speeding up the aperture control, shutter time lag is also shortened by approx. 40% compared with the LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH. /MEGA O.I.S..****

*For a digital interchangeable lens as of August 26, 2011./ ** When the lens is retracted./ ***The time for focusing on the subject is measured with the DMC-GF3 to move the lens position to ""2m"" from ""infinity"" position at wide-end. Panasonic measurement method.*5/ ****Measured with DMC-GF3. The time required to start exposure after the shutter button is fully pressed after the lens position is moved from “infinity” to “2m”. The zoom position is at wide-end.*5/ *5 The firmware of the GF3 must be updated to Ver.1.1 or later. Panasonic measurement method.

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Lens cap
Lens rear cap
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Redchicken35 on 16 Dec. 2011
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I was a little unsure about this as I already had the standard kit lens but really wanted something that was more compact. The standard lens was okay but left my G3 a little bit unbalanced. Initially I was looking at the 20mm but feel that in the real world this would give me more flexibility. Really could not believe how small this lens really is, when it arrived I thoght the box was empty.

The quality of construction is really good and the picture quality is spot on. Its important to update both the firmware of both the G3 and that of the lens to get the best results as I was initially a bit disappointed. After using this lens for a bit I am really pleased with it.

Still might buy the 20mm for indoor use, but if you want an alround compact zoom, then I would recommend this over the standard kit lens.

Only downside is the price that is a bit steep, although I did manage to get the £60 cash back and I will put the kit lens on ebay.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Twasme on 6 Nov. 2011
With several standard zoom lenses already available for micro four thirds compact system cameras, including Panasonic's own 14-45mm H-FS014045 and 14-42mm H-FS014042, this lens would have to be something special to justify its extra cost.

I have mainly used this lens with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. This is the camera that Panasonic have used in most of the advertising for this new lens. The GF3 is a small camera and seems unbalanced with a normal zoom lens. With this lens mounted, the feel is much better, not just because of its small size, but also because the H-PS14042 lens is very light weight. The lens turns on and extends to its full size quickly when the camera it is mounted to is switched on. With the camera switched on, the lens emits a continual, very quiet rumbling, though not loud enough to be picked up in video recordings.

Because of its small size there are no focus or zoom rings on the lens. Instead there is a rocker button that adjusts the motorized zoom and another that, if in manual focus mode, adjusts the focus. In comparison with the motorized zoom on most compact cameras, control of the zoom on this lens is very good, with small adjustments being possible. The zoom button is quite sensitive to any movement away from its neutral position. Fitted to the Lumix GF3 camera body, the camera displays the focal length whilst the lens is being zoomed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on 27 July 2013
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At original price it was hard to justify. Now you can get the lens for £199 or less or I found it on a GF5 for £265 from Wilkinson Cameras. Amazing value. Despite the picky comments about the lens from the reviewers who blow the picture up to poster size then complain its actually perfectly good for day most peoples day to day photography and the convenience of the size is superb. I use it on my GH2 as well as the stunning little GF5 and very pleased with sharpness and speed of focus.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 May 2012
I purchased this lens, two weeks ago, for My Lumix G2 as it was basically the same as the kit 14-42mm lens but in a much more compact package. It is very small (about the same depth as the 20mm and 14mm Prime lenses) and also very light.
This lens has made my G2 much more compact, even more portable than it already was and much more likely to be used day-to-day. The pictures it takes seem to be as good as the original kit lens (to my eyes).

I should say though that the lens cap could be lost more easily as it is much smaller than the one on the kit lens. Also usage of the little lever for the zoom action may obscure the AF assist lamp on the G2 (the placement of the AF assist lamp may vary on other models) if you don't remember to move your fingers before taking a shot.
Overall I'm impressed and look forward to seeing what other lenses appear in this family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hunt on 8 Aug. 2012
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Very lightweight, flexible works well with panasonic lumix g3's "IA+" functionality -zoom button takes getting used to (positioned bottom left of lense barrel
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Duncan on 14 Feb. 2012
I was very excited when I heard about this lens as size wise it is much much smaller that the standard 14-42mm lens and so had the potential to greatly reduce the footprint of my G3 walkaround combo.

When I received it I would say size wise it is about the same as the 20mm 1.7 and you will have seen in pictures and videos extends when in use.

The build quality is good with a metal mount and everything feels solid although it has a bit of a rattle which I think is something to do with the image stabaliser mechanism. The 45-175mm x lens makes the same sounds.

Lots of people have talked about the image quality as the X lenses are supposed to be the premium panasonic lenses but to be honest I have not really noticed much difference from the standard kit lens in real world use.

The camera has a motorised zoom which is great for videos and works brilliantly on the G3 camera but it does takes a little getting used to.

At present the price is a little high, I luckily got it at a reduced price through the lumix lifestyle website but I would have to give it serious consideration if I was having to buy it at its current price. I would say the main attraction and appeal of this lens to me is the savings in size over its cheaper alternative but it does help in making some of the 4/3 cameras fall into the roughly pocketable category.
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