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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS

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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
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  • Electric-powered zoom operation
  • Nano Surface Coating
  • Compact Retractable Lens Barrel Design
  • 4 aspherical lenses and  2 ED lenses
  • POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) 
  • Inner focus system driven by a stepping motor,
  • 7 aperture blades 
  • ​Metal mount
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS

Overview

Description by Panasonic:

Panasonic is pleased to announce a new cutting-edge interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. with electric-powered zoom operation from the new premium lens brand "X" for LUMIX G Micro System that complies with Micro Four Thirds System standard.

Exclusive Nano Surface Coating
Crystallizing Panasonic's optical technologies, the "X" lens features superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating for minimal ghosts and flaring and natural atmospheres with remarkable transparency.

Compact Retractable Lens Barrel Design
Although the lens is not a single focus length lens but is a zoom lens, the retractable-type zoom lens boasts outstanding compactness with approx. 26.8 mm* in length and approx. 95g in weight to realize ultra-high mobility. Notably, the astonishingly short overall length is realized by the inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses. The zoom lever on the lens barrel gives user a stable zooming while manual focusing is also available with manual focus lever for more precise control.

Premium Lens Design
The new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 lenses in 8 groups, the lens system features excellent contrast at entire zoom range. The inclusion of 4 aspherical lenses that helps achieving the downsizing of lens unit also improves optical performance by minimizing distortion, even at the 28 mm wide end. The 2 ED lenses effectively compensates for the chromatic aberration.

Plus, Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

POWER O.I.S.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which is newly integrated in the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors. With the improved sensitivity of the gyro sensor, the new POWER O.I.S. suppresses large, slow movement 2x more effectively**.

Support for Light Speed AF
When mounted on the cameras of LUMIX G Micro System, users can take advantage of the contrast AF system and the convenient functions applied from it. Adopting an inner focus system driven by a stepping motor, the superior optical design realizes outstanding smoothness to support the high speed AF system of LUMIX G cameras. It achieves approx. 0.1 second Light Speed AF*** thanks to the downsizing of focus lens and its amount of movement. By speeding up the aperture control, shutter time lag is also shortened by approx. 40% compared with the LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S..****

Focus and Aperture Design
With its minimum focus distance of 0.2m (14-20mm) / 0.3m (21-42mm), the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.34x (35 mm equivalent). 7 aperture blades consists a circular aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.

Reviews

So, what happens when you put the 'X' on a consumer grade kit lens?

"Optically, the 14-42X is a bit of a surprise: it’s excellent, even used at maximum aperture. You don’t lose any sharpness close up, either. This is important seeing as anything much beyond f8 is severely diffraction limited on M4/3 cameras anyway due to the very small pixel pitch. Use this one wide open without issue, though stop down one stop to 5.6-8 to gain a very small improvement in the corners. There were two aspects of performance I found especially

Post date: 16/06/2013 - 07:42

"The lens features new Power Optical Image stabilisation, with improved image stabilisation down to 2hz, optimised for HD video with quiet focusing, zoom, manual focus, and zoom and manual focus controls on the side. The zoom has two speeds, both slow and fast.

Post date: 18/10/2011 - 00:00

Specifications

DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
5.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
4.9 TStop
Distortion: 
1.20%
Vignetting: 
-1.2 EV
Chr. aberration: 
10.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
14 - 42mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
75° - 29°
Zoom Ratio: 
3.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)
Diaphragm Blades: 
7 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.20m
Distance Scale: 
No
Full-Time manual focus: 
No
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
No
Stabilization system details: 
Optical Image Stabilizer
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
61.0mm
Length: 
27.0mm
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Filter Diameter: 
37mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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