Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm f/4-5.8 ASPH. O.I.S. - Review / Test Report - Samples & Verdict
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Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 114.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/400s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/5.8
Exposure 1/400s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 140.0mm
Aperture: f/5.8
Exposure 1/800s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GF1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 78.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s

Verdict

The Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH. O.I.S. is a pretty decent 10x zoom. The delivered center resolution is very good across the range followed by generally good to very good borders. The results are quite soft at 140mm @ f/5.8 although it helps a lot to stop down to f/8 here. The 10x zoom suffers from a high degree of lateral CAs which is mainly a problem for Olympus users as the auto-corrected RAWS out of Panasonic cameras cope relatively well. When analyzing uncorrected RAW files, the distortions are quite extreme at 14mm but Panasonic users will only experience moderate distortions in their (auto-corrected) images here. The same applies to the vignetting performance of the lens.

The Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 ASPH. O.I.S. is a compact ultra zoom lens for people who just don't want to carry around several lenses and accept certain performance penalties that are associated with such lenses. A positive aspect is certainly the high-speed contrast AF which can also be recommended for movie shooting due to the very low focusing noise. This lens is better than its Olympus counterpart.

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