Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds

Last updated (05 August’12):
– Review by Thewsreviews

The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds features 7-14mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12groups and has diagonal angle of view at 114 degrees with Closest focusing distance at 0.25m/0.8ft. The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds lens weighs 10.58 oz lbs and it measures 2.95 inches in diameter and 3.27 inches long.

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds Reviews

Thewsreviews reviews the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds and writes;
“Optically, the Panasonic lens is stunning, with excellent central sharpness and corners that aren’t far behind.. One of the real strengths of the Olympus 7-14 is its extremely low barrel distortion, and the Panasonic is even better. Except at its extreme ends, the electronic correction of the m4/3 format works its magic and leaves nice straight lines..”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds and writes;
“The resolution is very high and that’s throughout the entire zoom range. The (corrected) distortions as well as lateral CAs are not relevant in field conditions. Vignetting can be visible at f/4 but it’s already well controlled from f/5.6 onwards..”
rating: N/A

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds and writes;
“Optically the lens is an excellent performer. At most focal lengths, you can safely use it wide open or for optimum results stopped down by one f-stop. Chromatic aberrations are only noticeable by their almost complete absence, while distortions are automatically corrected on both Olympus and Panasonic bodies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRgear reviews the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds and writes;
“The Panasonic 7-14mm tested very well, offering images that were very sharp all the way to ƒ/11, and provided extremely impressive distortion correction with minimal light falloff. There’s more chromatic aberration than we’d like, but even this can be corrected in image post-processing software.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds User Reviews

Outstanding ultra-wide | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is ideally suited to the Panasonic G1/GH1/GF1 and the Olympus E-P1 because it is the only ultra-wide lens available for micro four thirds that will auto-focus and auto-expose during movies. Auto-focus and auto-exposure are quiet enough under normal conditions that I can’t hear them..” – by Noirist

Amazing lens and amazingly small.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Please keep in mind that this is a UWA, so when I and other reviewers praise it we are doing so in the context of a UWA lens. That means expect the corners to not be perfectly sharp, no UWA lens achieves this. But this lens has great center sharpness and corner sharpness the keeps up with the best competition. Simply stunning results..” – by Ken Walsh

Fantastic lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a fantastic lens. It’s tiny compared to any other lens that covers these focal lengths. It’s extremely sharp, corner to corner, throughout the zoom range. I’ve been taking a lot of test images with the lens on the panasonic G1, wide open at f4, throughout the zoom range. It is sharp across the frame, at all focal lengths. There is very little distortion, and when using Lightroom to process RAW images, I see no chromatic aberration. “ – by httivals

Very small, very high quality wide angle lens for micro four thirds cameras | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use this with my Olympus PEN E-P2. The image quality is absolutely top notch, and this lens allows a micro four thirds camera to really shine. A 14mm (full frame equivalent) rectilinear wide angle is a wonderful, wonderful tool.. Images are tack sharp. Like *all* super-wide zooms, there’s a bit of chromatic aberration in the corners — most of which can be cleaned up in Lightroom, et al.” – by R. Kaufmann

Panasonic 7-14mm Lumix Lens equals Leica quality! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Even though this lens is a little pricey, it is remarkable as to how sharp it is at all f stops and in the zoom ranges. For it’s price, it is a bargain in it’s range for wide angle zooms and is almost a must for indoor photography..” – by Fuzzy picture

A Killer App for m4/3 | Rating: ★★★★★
“The fourth is wide angle distortion. Have you ever seen those stunning photos of great blue sky and clouds that stretch on forever with a little bit of land. Or stunning shots of the land and sky stretching on forever toward you. These skies or landscapes stretching toward you is a result of edge distortion..” – by B. Fuller

You need this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you are serious about Photography and you want to have your M-4/3 camera become your primary kit, this is the lens that fills the wide end. There are no compromises with this lens. Beautiful build, small, and image quality in-line with the very best wide angle lenses from any manufacturer..” – by Kachadurian

Worth every penny | Rating: ★★★★★
“There have been SO many times in the outdoors when I wanted to get that dramatic landscape shot and the 28mm or even 24mm wide angle just couldn’t capture it the way I wanted it. This little gem does the trick quite nicely, but watch yourself shooting near the sun; as with any wide angle, it will flare. Can’t wait to take it to Utah NP’s where it will be put to really good use.” – by Tjay

top-notch lens (very expensive though) | Rating: ★★★★★
“I used this lens last weekend, primarily when shooting movies. No complaints other than the price. It’s a very good lens and the quality is simply unmatched. “ – by Anonymous

Great ultrawide option for Micro 4/3 | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is an excellent ultra wide for Micro 4/3. The extreme corners of the frame aren’t super sharp, so in that respect this lens isn’t in the “elite” class of ultrawides (eg, Nikon 14-24), but it is a remarkable performer considering its very small size, focal length range, and aperture range. I love mine and consider it a good buy..” – by Amin Sabet

The real dilemma: this Panny or the Oly 9-18mm | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Both WA lenses produced RW2’s that were brighter than what I saw with the naked eye. Also, both are significantly sharper than the stock GH1 14-140mm lens, in fact on par or better than just about any WA lens I have used.” – by J. A Harring

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Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Micro Four Thirds Specifications

Taking advantage of its wide, 114-degree angle of view, users can easily fit subjects into the frame even when shooting indoors where the distance is limited. The world looks extraordinary when viewed through the new lens, allowing photos and movies to be recorded with a uniquely rich perspective.

This high-performance lens system achieves outstanding compactness by combining 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses and four ED lenses. Image resolution is high from corner-to-corner even at the wide-angle setting. It also features F4.0 brightness over the entire zoom range thanks to its large-diameter glass molded lens elements.

When mounted on the DMC-GH1 Lumix G Micro System Camera, the new lens allows use of the advanced contrast AF system, which includes a Face Recognition function, for more convenient, more enjoyable shooting. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings.

The Lumix G Vario 7-14mm/F4.0 ASPH. lens also features a highly reliable metal mount, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its optical performance. The optimally designed lens hood enables use even under strong sunlight.

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Technical Specifications

* Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (2 Aspherical lenses, 4 ED lenses)
* Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
* Optical Image Stabilizer NO
* Focal Length f=7 mm to 14 mm (35 mm camera equivalent 14 mm to 28 mm)
* Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
* Aperture F4.0
* Minimum Aperture F22
* Closest Focusing Distance 0.25 m / 0.8 ft at all focal lengths
* Maximum magnification Apporox. 0.08x / 0.15x (35 mm camera equivalent)
* Diagonal Angle of View 114° (W) – 75° (T)
* Filter Size –
* Max. Diameter f70 mm / 2.76 in
* Overall Length Approx. 83.1 mm / 3.27 in (from top of the lens hood to the base side of the lens mount)
* Weight Approx. 300 g / 10.58 oz
* Standard Accessory Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, Lens Storage Bag

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