Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH PZ X

  • m4/3 coverage
  • autofocus 
  • internal focusing, power zoom (power collapse/expand)
  • power OIS optical image stabilization 
  • 9 elements in 8 groups, (4 aspherical, 2 ED elements), nano coating
  • 7-blade aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 37mm filter ring
  • 9" (.2m) minimum focus, 1:58 magnification ratio at 14-20mm, 12" (.3m) minimum focus 20-42mm
  • 1.1" (26.8mm) long, 2.4" (61mm) diameter when retracted
  • 3.4 ounches (95g) weight
  • included lens storage bag
  • Available in silver or black
  • US$350
  • Model Number:  H-PS14042E

Thom's Mini Review: This is my recommended kit lens for those of you with Panasonic bodies (it's an additional price above the normal kit lens, though). The X version of the 14-42mm is only a bit over 1" in depth when the camera is turned off; it automatically extends to a non-collapsed shooting mode when you power on the camera. It's small, light, and very competent optically (better MTF than the previous Panasonic kit lenses), but the big deal is that it really is the "right size" for the GX1 and GF5 bodies for compact carrying. This is an optimal travel lens for m4/3 users. There are two things you lose with this lens: zooming is via a rocker switch, not a ring; really close focus is only maintained through about 20mm. Neither is a dealer breaker for me, as the very small retracted size is a big draw. Recommended (2014 to 2017)

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