Panasonic Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS II - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/5.4
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 640
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/30s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 19.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/5.4
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS II hits a bit of a sweet spot among the kit zoom lenses. It is both tiny and extremely light-weight while still capable of delivering a quite high performance. In the relevant aperture range, the image center is very crisp followed by an only marginally worse outer image region. Neither the (auto-corrected) distortions nor lateral CAs are significant. The light falloff is visible at 14mm @ f/3.5 but stopping down to f/5.6 resolves most of the issue. The original (uncorrected) characteristic of the lens is worse specifically in terms of distortions and vignetting but this is usually hidden from the user.

It is a fairly recent trend that the manufacturers started to care a bit more about the build quality even in their budget class offerings. This is also reflected here. The Panasonic lens is tightly assembled and based on decent materials. Panasonic is also trying to push the AF which is both extremely fast - in decent light conditions at least - as well as silent. The "Mega OIS" (silly name ...) image stabilizer comes handy in low light situations as well.

Panasonic has developed a real winner here and it even won't cost you an arm and a leg to get it.

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