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Panasonic 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 Lumix GX Vario Power OIS Zoom Lens - Silver, for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems

SKU: IPC1442XS MFR: H-PS14042S
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About the Panasonic 14-42mm

Panasonic interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. with electric-powered zoom operation wiht 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, theastonishingly 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. On the other hand, small, fast movements are compensated by the conventional MEGA O.I.S..

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 aninner 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 s peeding 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.

Two Lens Barrel Color Options
Offering more fashionable, sophisticated look with two color option of black and silver, the new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. perfectly matches any color of cameras from LUMIX G Micro System to be a part of the photographic life.



Panasonic 14-42mm Includes

  • Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (5) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (3) , Lightweight (3) , Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4) , Everyday (3) , Landscape photography (3) , Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (3) , Enthusiast (2) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Photography student (1) , Casual photographer (1) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Semi-professional (1)

Panasonic 14-42mm Features

  • Premium 3X Video and Still Optimized Ultra Compact (14-42mm) with Exclusive Power Zoom Technology
  • Video Optimized Power O.I.S with Silent Drive
  • Micro Four Thirds Durable Metal Lens Mount with Power Controls for Focus and Smooth Zooming.
  • Premium Extra-low Refractive Index Nano Surface Coating.
  • 2 ED Lens elements, compensates for chromatic aberration
  • Super Compact 3X Zoom Lens (Abouth the same size as the 20mm Pancake Lens)
  • AF during movie recording, silence design HD Lens
  • Stepping motor, high speed contrast AF
  • Metal Mount

Panasonic 14-42mm Specifications

Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)
Nano Surface Coating Yes
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (Power OIS)
Focal Length f=14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-84mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture Range F3.5 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m / 0.66ft
Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(Wide) to 29°(TELE)
Filter Size 37mm / 1.5in
Dimensions Diameter x Length) 61mm / 2.4in x Approx. 26.8mm (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount, under the condition when lens is stored) / 1.1in
Weight Approx. 95g / 3.4oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Others Electric zoom lever, Manual focus lever
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