Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens announced

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Panasonic announced their new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Lens technical specifications:

Model No. H-FS1442A
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups (2 aspherical lenses)
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=14mm to 42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm to 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 (at focal length 14-20mm), 0.3m / 0.98ft (at focal length 21-42mm)
Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(W) - 29°(T)
Filter Size φ46mm /1.8inch
Max.Diameter φ56mm / 2.2inch
Overall Length Approx.49mm / 1.9 inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight Approx. 110 g / 3.88 oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
Standard Accessories Lens cap, Lens hood, Lens rear cap

Lens features:

  • A lens structure that combines compactness and high optical performance
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Panasonic's advanced hand-shake correction technology
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.2m (14-20mm) / 0.3m (21-42mm)
  • Contrast AF system support
  • Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare

Lens MTF chart:

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f:3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens MTF chart

 

Lens design:

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f:3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens design

 

Press release:

New Standard Zoom Lens in Compact and Stylish Design LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic is pleased to announce a new compact standard zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. offers a versatile zoom range of 14-42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28-84 mm) suitable for a wide range of situations from landscape to portrait. Comprising of 9 elements in 8 groups, the lens system adopts 2 aspherical lenses to achieve further reduction of both size and weight yet maintaining its high optical performance at entire zoom range. The inner focus system driven by a stepping motor assures astonishing comfort to take maximum advantage of high speed contrast AF system and in video recording.
Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) makes it easy to shoot super clear shots even at tele end or in low-lit situations by suppressing the blur caused by a hand shake.
With its minimum focus distance of 0.2 m (14-20 mm) / 0.3 m (21-42 mm) even at full zoom, the new lens provides a maximum photographic magnification of 0.17x (35 mm camera equivalent: 0.34x). 7 aperture blades consists a circular aperture diaphragm and produces an attractive smoothness in out-of-focus areas even shooting at large aperture.
The new LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. for LUMIX G is refined in its external design to offer metallic color options of black and silver to offer stylish look on the digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) cameras of LUMIX G in shooting creative snapshots.
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  • G_J

    I love how they consistently try and hide the purple sheen to thier new lenses. I would have bought their 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses, but I can’t get over the purple metallic color. I hope they dump this color scheme soon.

    • Shawn

      Yeah, who cares what the lens can do. It’s much, much more important what it looks like.

      • G_J

        …and here we have the one person in the world who pre-ordered the Pentax ‘Evangelion’ Q10!

        Obviosly, optical performance and handling are the most important factors when choosing a lens. However, if you’re spending that much money on a lens, you want it to look good, too.

        Enjoy your purple, pink & green Pentax!

        • jeff_t

          i dont like the purple either

        • http://profiles.google.com/chinchilliott Elliott Burton

          “Ah what a shame, this lens is fabulous and adds the unique characteristic to my photos that I love, but on itself does not look so pleasing. I don’t want people to see me without pretty gear :(” is the annoying argument I’m reading here.

          Recently I was walking around with a 5DII and 70-200, and some punk walks towards me while giving my camera a look, he was carrying a Leica X2 with a viewfinder on top, he got right up to me and gave me an ugly sneer full of “Well take a look at my hair, my fashion, and gorgeous camera that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb as yours”.

          Guess I have to give in and admit that his photos would be just fabulous, because it was a pretty Leica!

  • aekn

    crickets…

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