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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f4.0 Micro Four Thirds Ultra Wideangle Lens
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- Ultra-wide angle
- Two aspherical lenses
- Circular aperture diaphragm
- Contrast AF system support
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|Item Dimensions||7.01 x 8.31 x 7.01 cm||9.4 x 10.7 x 9.3 cm||6.1 x 5.2 x 6.1 cm||8 x 8 x 10.6 cm||6.07 x 5.18 x 6.07 cm||7.4 x 6.7 x 5.8 cm|
|Item Weight||300 grams||155 grams||125 grams||0.53 kg||165 grams||305 grams|
|Max Focal Length||14 mm||18 mm||25 mm||14 mm||8 mm||35|
|Min Focal Length||7 mm||9 mm||25 mm||7 mm||8 mm||12|
|Mounting Type||micro four thirds||micro four thirds||Micro FourThirds||Micro FourThirds||micro four thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
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Designed For:Panasonic AVCCAM AG-AF100, AG-AF101A ¦ Panasonic Lumix G DMC-G1, DMC-G1A, DMC-G1K, DMC-G1KEB-K, DMC-G1KEB-R, DMC-G1KEC-A, DMC-G1KEC-K, DMC-G1KEC-R, DMC-G1KEG-A, DMC-G1KEG-K, DMC-G1KEG-R, DMC-G1R, DMC-G1W, DMC-G1WEG-A, DMC-G1WEG-K, DMC-G1WEG-R, DMC-G5, DMC-G5H, DMC-G5K, DMC-G5KPP, DMC-G5W, DMC-G5X, DMC-GF5, DMC-GF5K, DMC-GF5KA, DMC-GF5W, DMC-GF5WA, DMC-GF5X, DMC-GF6, DMC-GH1, DMC-GH1KEC9K, DMC-GH1KEC9N, DMC-GH1KEC9R, DMC-GH1KEG-K, DMC-GH1KEG-N, DMC-GH1KEG-R, DMC-GH3, DMC-GH3A, DMC-GH3H, DMC-GH4, DMC-GH4A, DMC-GH4H, DMC-GH4U, DMC-GM1K, DMC-GM1W, DMC-GM5K, DMC-GM5L, DMC-GM5W, DMC-GX7, DMC-GX7C, DMC-GX7K, Type:Wide-angle zoom lens, Lens Construction:12 groups / 16 elements, Magnification:0.08, Diaphragm Blades:7, Mounting Type:Micro Four Thirds, Min View Angle:75 degree(s), Minimum Aperture:F/22, Intended For:35mm SLR, digital SLR, Focus Adjustment:Automatic, manual, Features:Internal focusing system, ED glass, built-in lens hood, aspherical lens, Max View Angle:114 degree(s), Lens Aperture:F/4.0, Focal Length:7 mm - 14 mm, Special Functions:Wide angle, zoom, Zoom Adjustment:Manual, Optical Zoom:2 x, Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera:14 - 28mm, Lens Coating:Multicoated, Min Focus Distance:25 cm, Included Accessories:Dust cap, lens cap, carrying case
In spite of its impressive 2x wide-angle zoom range of 7-14mm (35mm equivalent; 14-28mm), this lens is surprisingly compact and lightweight. This high-performance lens system achieves outstanding compactness, edge to edge resolution and minimum distortion by combining 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including 2 aspherical lenses and 4 ED lenses. This combination of large-diameter lens elements also offers a maximum aperture setting of f4 over the entire zoom range.
Its wide 75 to 114-degree angle of view makes this lens ideal when shooting indoors (where distances can be limiting) or for capturing landscapes. The world looks extraordinary when viewed through this lens, allowing photos and movies* to be recorded with a uniquely rich perspective.
When mounted on a Lumix G Micro System camera, this lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes an AF Tracking and a Face Recognition function*, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting.
A total of 7 blades provide a circular aperture diaphragm that produces a pleasant smoothness in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. A durable metal lens mount ensures long operating life and positive attachment to the camera body.
Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosting and flare to further enhance optical performance. The lens hood is optimally designed to enable use even under strong sunlight.
The Micro Four Thirds System standard made it possible to achieve a compact size and light weight body. Despite its extremely compact size, the superb optical performance of this lens brings out the full capabilities of the 4/3-type image sensor.
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Well yes, it can. Simple to use, well balanced in terms of weight, this lens is something of a delight. It's 7-14mm range yields 14-28mm in 35mm equivalent focal lengths, but is surprisingly accommodating... Try it with architecture and use the image-distorting power of the optics to artistic effect, or venture outdoors for a wide sky or dramatic landscape. Either way, this lens will not disappoint. An offering of f4.0 throughout the range makes this it relatively fast for this class of lens, but in practice you will find it works best stopped down a bit further, since you need a little more depth of field to get the best results from the superbly wide and wacky focal lengths.
Obviously you're going to get image distortion [it's what you're paying for], but you will also find impressive edge-to-edge sharpness, great tonal and contrast, along with crisp, clear colour reproduction.
My previous foray into such optics came courtesy of a Sigma 12-24mm Canon-mount lens for my digital SLR, and it's fair to say that the Panasonic trounces it in every respect: size, weight, optical quality, auto-focus precision, speed of use, the works. I've yet to give mine the workout it deserves, but am already looking forward to a hiking trip to the Sierra Nevada range, with a GX1, a tripod and this little masterpiece...
If you enjoy your photography and are looking for something that will challenge you to find new angles, new perspectives, new ways of looking at your subject, then this lens will not disappoint. There is only one point to be careful of - the primary lens element has such an intense outer curve that you won't find a traditional filter for it - so keep a close eye out for dust, dirt and contamination.
But, if you've not experienced ultra-wide angle before, give it a go... You won't regret it.
And yes, it does have lens flare when facing the sun, in form of a line of small flare balls. But this is not a show stopper for me.
I like the sharpness, and the absence of distortion at such a viewing angle. This is for me a big advantage over all the fisheye lenses out there.
3 things to make a future one better,
1)an f/2.8 would be nice to be that much brighter,
2)vibration reduction would be also good as a lot of the shots i am shooting at f/4 in dark properties requires me to go all the way down to 1/25th of a second.
3) a flat front to easily attach filters both circular polarisers and nd grad filters
The build quality and autofocus are great - the lens isn't light but has a good solid feel and the zoom ring is well balanced. On my GH2 it is a perfect size but I don't think it would be completely out of place on the (much smaller) GF1/2 or the Olympus PENs.
It takes some getting used to in order to make the most of the lens' uniquely wide capabilities - I was genuinely astonished at just 'how' wide it is. However, be prepared to experiment, and/or look around for some other work done with it and similar UWA (Ultra Wide Angle) lenses, and you'll very rapidly get some great shots.
The maximum aperture of f/4 might seem un-ideal for such a pricey lens but is more than sufficient over this wide an image to get sufficiently shallow depth of field - in any event it's probably not something you'll be aiming for in most UWA pictures.
Some have suggested that image stabilisation would have been ideal, but with such a wide field of view I don't see it helping significantly - for the vast majority of uses blurring will never become apparent and hence it's better to keep the weight and complexity down.
All in all, a fantastic lens and, despite its price, worth every penny of it.
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