The Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH (also known as the H-H014) is Panasonic’s second slimline ‘pancake’ primary for Small Four Thirds, and has a 28mm-equivalent wideangle area of perspective. It’s obtained a welcome third of an end highest possible aperture from the unique F2.8 style Panasonic initially showed at business exhibitions beginning truly, significance that it’s now able of collecting twice as much mild as the various Small Four Thirds kit zooms which begin at the same central duration.
The most stunning part of the 14mm F2.5 is its dimension. In a thing, it’s tiny; in two terms, really small. We must confess to being somewhat doubtful about the value of this lens in a program that already features no less than seven zooms protecting this central duration, but when you take it out of the box you begin to comprehend Panasonic’s type of believed. Panasonic goes so far as to state that it’s the ‘world’s least heavy exchangeable individual central duration lens’, showing the machines at a featherweight 1.9 oz. (55g).
To accomplish this Panasonic has gone to city on the optics: packed into the ultra-short gun barrel are six lens components, no less of which feature aspheric areas. Entrepreneurs of the 20mm F1.7 will be very happy to see the same dimension narrow range (46mm), but may also discover themselves re-engaging in the leisure activity of seeking the right third-party bonnet (as Panasonic again don’t provide one with the lens).
Panasonic 14mm F2.5 ASPH Body And Design
The 14mm F2.5 has a style instantly similar to the 20mm F1.7. Despite its light-weight it seems just as well-made as its big sibling, with a smoothly-damped guide concentrate band and solid-feeling development. To finish the program, it comes with new slimline front and rear side hats (click here for a picture), which better supplement the ‘pancake’ idea than the chunkier ones which are offered with the 20mm F1.7 (credit to Panasonic for this, it’s always awesome to see a organization focusing on the little details).
On the camera
These opinions give some viewpoint on just how small the 14mm F2.5 really is – it looks almost comically little on the GH2 (which isn’t exactly huge), and its thin collections are obvious from the top-down taken on the GF1.
The lens’s viewpoint minimalism really starts to appear sensible when you think of it as a supplement not to the kit zoom capability, but to Panasonic’s other little primes: the great 20mm F1.7 ASPH and the Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 OIS Macro. Put these together and you have a modern-day equal to the three-lens packages that came with traditional Negatives cameras such as the Leica CL(E) and Contax G1 / G2, and which are so mild you’ll be able to bring them around all for 24 hours and hardly observe. (Of course what we’d still really like to see for Small Four Thirds is a broader primary around the 12mm indicate, plus a real large-aperture ‘portrait’ lens, maybe something like a 50mm F1.4. Hopefully these will demonstrate up in due course.)
Panasonic 14mm F2.5 ASPH Specifications
|Price||• US: $tbc
• UK: £349.99
|Manufacturer’s product code||H-H014|
|Date introduced||September 2010|
|Maximum format size||Micro Four Thirds|
|35mm equivalent focal length||28mm|
|Diagonal angle of view||75°|
|Lens Construction||• 6 elements/ 5 groups
• 3 Aspherical elements
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|Minimum focus||0.18m / 0.59ft|
|Maximum magnification||Approx 0.1x|
|AF motor type||DC Micro motor|
|Focus method||Internal focus|
|Filter thread||• 46mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories*||• Front and rear caps
• Lens case
|Weight||55g (1.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||55.5mm diameter x 20.5mm length
(2.2 x 0.8 in)
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|