Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

Last updated (08 April’12):
– Review by Whatdigitalcamera

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS features 14mm-45mm (35mm film camera equivalent 28mm to 90mm) at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 12 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.30m and has a filter size of 52mm/2.05 inches. The Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens weighs 6.9 Ounces and it measures 60mm in diameter and 60mm long.

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and writes;
“Overall this is a really nice lens. The fact that it has a relatively modest and variable maximum aperture is less significant than it would be on an optical reflex camera because the electronic viewfinder maintains its brightness regardless of the lens fitted. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoreview reviews the Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and writes;
“Autofocusing was fast and generally accurate, although with close subjects the placement of the sensor was critical to getting the wanted area in sharp focus. Spot focusing is recommended in such situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS User Reviews

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The textured grip area for where you rotate to zoom is nice feeling. The entire zoom range feels smooth, yet a little heavy. I like this because it doesn’t feel like I will change the zoom (or the focus for that matter, if in manual mode) accidentally as i let go of the barrel. “ – by T. Chamberlain

Remarkably good “kit zoom” | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve owned the latest Canon and Nikon 18-55mm stabilized kit zooms, and this Panasonic has them beat in terms of sharpness across the frame, lack of color fringing, and build quality. The sharpness at both ends of the zoom range (and everywhere in between) is outstanding for this class of lens. It isn’t as small as Olympus’ collapsible 14-42, but it is still very small and light. It doesn’t focus quite as close as the Olympus zoom but is still capable of nice close up results. As a landscape lens in its focal length range, I believe that it is unsurpassed by any other currently available MFT lens.” – by Amin Sabet “Amin Sabet”

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Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Sample Photos

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Features & Specifications

Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Specifications

A standard zoom interchangeable lens designed specifically for the cameras compatible with Micro Four Thirds System standard. Suitable for a wide range of scenes from portrait to landscape photography, the lens offers a zoom range of 14-45mm (35mm equivalent: 28-90mm) while featuring its ultra-compact size and lightweight. The aspherical lens element also improves optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28mm wide end.

The lens incorporates Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilizer, which makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake. When the lens is mounted on the Lumix G Micro System DMC-G1 camera, you can use the contrast AF system, which is implemented in the DMC-G1 to offer a wide variety of convenient functions.

With its minimum focus distance of 30 cm even at full zoom, the lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.34x (35mm equivalent). Seven aperture blades give the aperture a rounded shape that, when shooting at larger aperture, produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas. Aperture – F3.5(wide) – F5.6(Tele) Minimum Aperture – F22 Closest Focusing Distance – 0.30m at all focal lengths Maximum Magnification – Approx. 0.42x (35mm film camera equivalent) Diagonal Angle of View – 75 (W)~27 (T) Filter Size – 52mm / 2.05 in Max. Diameter – 60mm / 2.36 in Standard Accessory – Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag Overall Length (inches) – Approx. 60mm / 2.36 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount) Weight – Approx. 195g / 6.88oz Accepts 52mm filters

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