Last updated (10 May’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
The Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds features 14-50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8-3.5. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75-24 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 29 cm and has a filter size of 72mm. The Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds lens weighs 486 g and it measures 79mm in diameter and 103mm long.
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Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Reviews
CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds and writes;
“the Leica lens has superior build quality, a brighter aperture, excellent optical performance (especially at longer focal lengths), and when fitted on a Panasonic L1 / Leica Digilux 3, it supports an additional, slightly more effective stabilisation mode, not to mention a traditional aperture ring”
Photozone reviews the Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds and writes;
“It is a very decent performer with a very high performance throughout the entire zoom range. You may notice the very even center to corner performance straight from the max. aperture and the marginal quality decrease towards 50mm. “
SLRGear reviews the Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds and writes;
“this advanced optical image stabilization system makes it possible – without using a tripod – to capture clear, beautiful images even in macro shooting or low-lit situations, giving users more shooting flexibility. And to assure precise control over the MEGA O.I.S., the Venus Engine is integrated into the lens unit.”
Popphoto reviews the Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds and writes;
“With its superior sharpness and distortion control, though, demanding users will gladly pay. And for Olympus DSLR owners who want image stabilization, it’ll be the only game in town.”
Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds User Reviews
Leica 14 -50 My Opinion | Rating:
“I just took the Leica 14-50 out on a two day photo shoot in New Mexico. I use the lens on my Olympus e-410. I was totally impressed with the corner to corner sharpness. The image stabilization works well. Is this lens worth the money? The answer is yes if you want the best!” – by Eldred Reaney
Awesome lens, but.. | Rating:
“everything about this lens is awesome. if you are thinking about it for your kit, it is clean, crisp, and well made. however, don’t buy the lens on its own, it’s cheaper to buy it as part of the DMC-L1 bundle!! i don’t understand the pricing of this lens as a standalone…” – by RK
Sharp Lens, but.. | Rating:
“Probably the best thing about this lens is that it is almost up to par with Olympus. At best, it is sharp, with beautiful bokeh, etc, etc. Typical quality we expect from Leica-like optics (this isn’t really a leica lens, but as close as you can get from Panaasonic’s factories.)…” – by Christopher L.
Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Sample Photos
– Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
– Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Sample Photos @ Photozone
– Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Sample Photos @ Flickr
Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Press Release
World’s First Leica Interchangeable Lens with Optical Image Stabilization System Designed Exclusively for Digital SLR Cameras
Leica Camera AG and Panasonic are pleased to announce the development of a new interchangeable lens based on the Four Thirds standard. Featuring a focal length from 14mm to 50mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm to 100mm), the new LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens is the first interchangeable lens from Leica developed exclusively for digital SLR cameras. The “D” signifies that it is designed for the new digital system. The partnership between Leica and Panasonic has resulted in rigorous quality standards for the development and manufacturing of this interchangeable lens, so that the technology and expertise of Leica Camera and Panasonic will be integrated at their highest levels. Both Panasonic and Leica Camera AG are confident that the results of their cooperative efforts will be successful and highly evaluated by customers.
The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses. It provides high definition image rendering that conveys even the finest details and nuances. It minimizes distortion and peripheral vignetting at the wide end. And to draw the best optical performance out of this compact lens, a large-diameter aspherical glass molded lens is also incorporated. With the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT, users can now experience the unique performance of Leica optical technology in the world of digital photography.
For use in Panasonic’s LUMIX cameras, the LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH lens incorporates MEGA O.I.S. Developed entirely by Panasonic, this advanced optical image stabilization system makes it possible – without using a tripod – to capture clear, beautiful images even in macro shooting or low-lit situations, giving users more shooting flexibility. And to assure precise control over the MEGA O.I.S., the Venus Engine is integrated into the lens unit. Together with the full-time Live View function, these two important features make the DMC-L1 (also being introduced) a digital SLR camera that offers an entirely new kind of photographic experience.
To improve operating ease, there is an aperture ring in addition to the focus ring and zoom ring, giving users more intuitive aperture adjustment. Another distinctive L1 feature is the shutter speed dial on the camera body. Thanks to features like these, the L1 offers a more comfortable and enjoyable shooting experience than conventional digital SLR cameras.
The LEICA D VARIO-ELMARIT 14-50mm/F2.8-3.5 ASPH is not simply a standard interchangeable lens for digital SLR cameras, but rather an exclusive one with features such as MEGA O.I.S. and an aperture ring.
Leica Camera AG and Panasonic affirm their commitment to developing innovative, high-performance lenses that meet the latest demands in today’s evolving digital era.
Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS Four Thirds Specifications
Lens Construction: 15 elements in 11groups (2 Aspherical lenses, 2ED lenses)
Mount: Four Thirds Mount
Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes (DMC-L1, DMC-L10)
Focal Length: f=14mm to 50mm (35mm film camera equivalent 28mm to 100mm)
Aperture Type: 7 Diaphragm Blades/Circular 1pepure Diaphragm
Aperture: F3.8(wide) – F5.6(Tele)
Minimum Aperture: F22
Closest Focusing Distance: 0.29m / 11.42in at all focal lengths
Maximum Magnification: Apporox. 0.42x (35mm film camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View: 75°(W) ~ 24°(T)
Filter Size: 67mm
Max. Diameter: 74mm / 2.91in
Standard Accessory: Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag
Overall Length (inches): 93mm / 3.66in
Weight: 434g / 15.3oz
Dimensions (H x W x D): 7.0” x 3.0” x 2.0”
Weight: 3.97 lbs