Panasonic Unveils New 14-42mm Lens at CP+

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Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses.

Out with the Old, In with the New

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that you can get some good shots with it, but I wouldn’t stake my reputation on it and primarily keep it around purely as a beater lens to use in less than savory weather conditions.  Of course, I’m not alone as that assessment is shared by virtually every other photo or video pro that I know.

One thing that has impressed me about Panasonic over the last few years is that it appears that they actually do listen to the people who use their stuff – witness the Lumix GH3, whose features are a veritable wishlist of the things for which users have been clamoring since it’s predecessor, the GH2 was released.  Judging from Matt’s hands on preview above, Panny have heard our cried for a new kit lens and things could be looking up.  The new lens is smaller, has moved from a plastic to a metal construction and appears to have better resolution.  Stay Tuned!

The new lens will be shipping with kits like the Panasonic Lumix G5, the Lumix GX1 and the Lumix GF5



Randy Heinsman says:

I’ll be interested to see how it compares to the even older 14-45mm lens. I love the smaller size but the 14-45 is not a big lens to begin with so there is no point in down-sizing a little bit if there is not a significant improvement in quality.

PhotoLynch says:

Are we sure it will be shipping out with the G5 kits now? I’m sure most of them out in warehouses right now already have the older version, but maybe with any new camera releases?

lens does look cool with the smaller size.

Hey do I have a trade in period? Can I give them back my 14-42 for the new 14-42 I got a couple weeks ago? hehe… 😀

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