Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens review: Brighter, lighter, smaller and more affordable

By Kevin Carter - Friday November 08 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens performance | Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. versus competition | Conclusion
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens review: Brighter, lighter, smaller and more affordable

Panasonic is refreshing older lenses in its line-up with a more modern looking exterior finish and, with this model, a new optical design that makes it smaller, lighter and more modestly priced than its predecessor. Read on to find out how well it performs.

Panasonic is overhauling its line up of older lens models, revamping the cosmetic appearance, and, where applicable updating focusing and image stabilization systems.

This new model replaces the Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f4.0-5.8 ASPH Mega OIS lens – a hugely popular model with filmmakers, on account of its 10x zoom ratio and constant 0.5m minimum focus distance.

As the equivalent to a 28-280mm, the original model had a complex optical construction comprising of 17-elements in 13 groups and used four aspherical elements and two ED lenses to reduce the size while lowering chromatic aberrations to a minimum.

This new offering not only replaces the original but also has to compete with a rival high performance model from Olympus. As a result it boasts the improve stabilization system over the first model and with 14 elements in 12 groups and variable minimum focus distance of 0.3-0.5m, it’s much smaller and lighter (265gvs. 460g) than original.

While the construction is simpler overall, the new model retains two high-grade ED glass elements, and has three lenses with aspherical surfaces. This model is also compatible with the new high-speed 240 fps focusing system found on the GH3, G6 and GX7, and is available now at around $699.

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens performance

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. versus competition

Conclusion