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Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens for Micro Four Thirds

introduction

  • Panasonic introduced this 14mm pancake lens as a kit lens for the GF series to provide a compact kit with wide aperture 28mm (in 35mm terms) wide angle field of view.
  • sharper wide open than the Olympus m.ZD 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens
  • with its internal focusing mechanism, it has faster, less noisy AF than the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens
  • much cheaper and smaller than the Olympus m.ZD 12mm f/2.0 lens
  • edges much sharper wide open than the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MkII at 14mm but sharpness across the frame is similar at f/5.6.
    • has marginally more CA than the zoom lens
    • much less barrel distortion (1.5%) than the zoom lens at 14mm (7.7%)
    • has more vignetting (2EV) than the zoom lens at 14mm (1.3EV)
  • version II adds a stepping motor for fast, silent AF

specs

version I

  • 14mm focal length = 28mm wide angle in 35mm term
  • f/2.5
  • filter size 46mm non-rotating
  • internal focusing
  • close focus 18cm
  • 6 elements in 5 groups
  • 55mm diameter x 20.5mm long
  • weight 55g
  • ~$300

version II

  • announced Sept 2014
  • similar size and design to version I
  • stepping motor for silent, fast CDAF
  • 7 rounded blades
  • 6 elements in 5 groups, 3 aspherical elements
  • close focus 0.18m (0.1x magnification)

reviews

    • can be prone to flare and has 1.5% barrel distortion although easily corrected
    • very sharp wide open (marginally better at f/4 with edges best at f/5.6), fast AF, low CA, good value
photo/pan14mm.txt · Last modified: 2014/09/17 13:26 by gary1