Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

  • m4/3 coverage
  • autofocus 
  • internal focusing
  • Mega-OIS optical image stabilization (no switch on lens)
  • 12 elements in 9 groups, one aspherical element.
  • 7-blade aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 52mm filter ring
  • 12" (.3m) minimum focus, 1:3 magnification ratio
  • 2.5" (63.6mm) long, 2.39" (60.7mm) diameter
  • 5.82 ounches (165g) weight
  • included lens storage bag
  • Model Number H-FS014042

Thom's Mini Review: This is the new kit lens for most of the Panasonic bodies. As such, it's a modestly specified lens. The thing to note is how big this lens is versus the Olympus kit lens. The Panasonic dwarfs the Olympus kit lens (especially when the Olympus is retracted). Thus, it seems a little out of place on the front of a small m4/3 body. Fortunately the lens performs near the top of one's expectations for a kit lens. Autofocus speed is good. No real optical flaws that make it undesirable, however this version of the lens does not have a switch for optical stabilization, that's done via the body menu system now. Zoom ring is slightly stiffer and catchy compared to the older lens. The lens' mediocre aperture specs do hurt low light use of the m4/3 bodies, though. You're much better off with a fast prime in low light. Very good build quality. Comes with removable hood and pouch. Not Recommended (older 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 or newer 14-42mm X are preferred)

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