Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with Optical Image stabilization and FourThirds max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with MFT
cameras.Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS was replaced with Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS. Follow the link to read our comparison of these lenses: Compare Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS vs Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS
What type of photography is the Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
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Reasons to Buy Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Optical Image Stabilization
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Light weight at only 165g / 5.8 oz
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| Lens Extents while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is compatible with cameras that have a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Micro Four Thirds lenses are Panasonic G9 II, OM System OM-5 and Panasonic GH6.
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is also available in Micro Four Thirds mount.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS has a maximum diameter of 61mm and total length of 64mm when not extended. It weighs 165g / 5.8 oz.
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS has a filter thread of 52mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS:
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS has a focal range of 14-42mm and 3.0X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-84mm when used on a FourThirds format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
The Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS features an optical image stabilization system which helps to reduce the blur that occurs due to shaking during hand-held shooting.
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.16x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m. 0.16x means that the max magnification ratio is very low and not suitable even for modest close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type MFT mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 14mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f22 at 42mm .
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS's optical formula consists of 12 elements in 9 groups . Special elements used in this design is 1 aspherical element.
Panasonic 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 OIS comes with a removable lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is H-FS014042E.
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