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Review of new Pana 14-140mm F:3.5

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by eolake, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. eolake

    eolake New to SC

    7
    Mar 19, 2011
    Somehow I got lucky and got this lens fast, while it seems it's much delayed for others.
    I had its predecessor, the 14-140mm F:4.0 lens. I really liked it. Before, I'd used a Nikon 10X zoom and a Pentax 10X zoom. Those are both good lens-makers, so I was disappointed that the Nikkor was soft in the edges at the long end, and the Pentax was really blurred in the edges at the short end. And I was very pleased that this Pana lens didn't have any such obvious flaws. Obviously a 10X zoom is not quite as sharp as the best prime lenses, but I'm always pleased with my results and would not hesitate to use them in exhibitions. It has great contrast and color rendition, and the sharpness leaves nothing to be desired in my view. (I've not done formal testing though.)

    The new version (F:3.5) in short: It's a centimeter shorter, a bit slimmer, a bit faster, and *40% lighter*! And it keeps the same image quality. This is almost miraculous.

    In other words, put it on a good, recent Micro-Four-Thirds camera (I have both Panasonic and Olympus (including the OM-D), currently I use the E-PL5 most, and you have a very light-weight, but still really high-quality kit, with a zoom range which covers everything I normally encounter, and which is very fast reacting for street-photography. (The touch-to-focus-and-shoot is great for this.) (Oh, and the E-PL5 has beautiful quality even at ISO 6,400!)

    For an all-round, compact, flexible kit, I think you'll be hard pressed to find anything better than this.

    (Tip: if you use it on an Olympus camera, for this lens, turn off the in-body IS and use the OIS on the lens. At least this is best with the E-PL5, it's possible the 5-way IS of the OM-D and E-P5 is better at handling this long zoom range.)
     
  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Pics? Taken with the lens?
     
  3. eolake

    eolake New to SC

    7
    Mar 19, 2011
  4. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

    164
    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    Glad to see that you like this lens. If I ever decide to downsize/add to my video setup via M43, this lens is on the short list for video lenses, though I am sure it is fine for stills. I use Canon 5D3 for video, and a superzoom like this one is primetime for video with the OIS and HD designation. Panasonic have been innovative with some of their lens designs, attempting to reduce size and also offer (for some lenses) power zoom. I hope this keep pushing for the sake of the format.

    Looking forward to seeing more review of this lens!
     
  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I like my current (sharp, particularly at the wide end) copy of the 14-140mm, but it is still a bit chunky. Reducing the weight by 40% would be a big improvement.