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Panasonic Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 G Vario

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#1 Dallas

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:39

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#2 Dallas

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:42

This is the lens I got with my GF-1, but which lives permanently on the OM-D now. It matches pretty well with that body, is nice and sharp and focusses very quickly. Although I haven't used it for much more than snapshots it hasn't left me wanting more. Ideally I would love a lens like this with a faster aperture, but that's not going to cost $150!

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#3 Hugh_3170

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:36

This is one of the better kit lenses in my opinion. I really have not encountered anything bad about it so far - I guess that this is the lens designers reward for having a conservative zoom range and a modest maximum lens aperture.

It still has a metal bayonet mount thank goodness, is light and it appears to be quite well made. It takes a 52mm screw on filter, which is handy given that I have a number 52mm filters for various Nikon lenses for those occasions that I need a filter or a screw on close up diopter.

It lives on my G3 as part of my lightweight walkabout camera - my concession to old age and a wrecked neck.

#4 Akira

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 18:05

Originally I purchased the lens with Panasonic G1, and I don't remember if there was a single moment when the lens disappointed me in any respect. The zoom ring is not very smooth, and it should be difficult to realize a nice zooming effect when you shoot video. Otherwise the lens is hard to complain.

The chromatic abarration and the distortion of all Panasonic m4/3 lenses are corrected digitally. Some people say that this is cheating, but the resulted images are so natural that you wouldn't see any artifacts of digital correction. I'd never bothered by the treatment. In many cases you would correct distortion and chromatic abarration during the post process anyway.
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#5 nfoto

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 13:29

This is a lens very good by any standards and outstanding in the "kit lens" department.
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