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Panasonic X Lens 14-42mm Hands On

Panasonic X Lens 14-42mm Hands On - We look at the new Panasonic 14-42mm Power Zoom lens from Panasonic, part of the new Lumix X Lens series.

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Category : Interchangeable Lenses
Product : Panasonic Lumix GF3
Price : £90
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The lens features new Power Optical Image stabilisation, with improved image stabilisation down to 2hz, optimised for HD video with quiet focusing, zoom, manual focus, and zoom and manual focus controls on the side. The zoom has two speeds, both slow and fast.

We talk to Panasonic about the new Lumix X lens range, and future Lumix G developments.

Angle view, shown with the Panasonic Lumix GF3, the new lens gives the compact GF3 an ideal zoom lens, the lens will be available with the GF3 as a kit:


Angle view off:


On: Power Zoom lens, Nano Surface Coating, HD, 20cm close focus.


Off:


Bottom, mounted on GF3


As the lenses we saw were very early samples, we were unable to take any photos with the lenses.

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MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
26 Aug 2011 9:21AM
Not fully compatible with the GF-1 ? That's the deal breaker for me - bye bye Panny, Hello Oly 12mm & 45mm........

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28 Aug 2011 5:26PM
Wonderful: this definitely IS a "portable zoom". And adds a lot of attraction to the whole micro 4/3 system.
I just wonder: what is Sony waiting to develop something like this for the NEX cameras ????
Just imagine a powerful camera like the new NEX 7 with a "pocketable" 16-48 pancake zoom !!
That one I would buy straight away, and would finally justify the price-tag attached to the Nex7: a really pocketable, altough very powerful camera system.
lemmy 7 1.9k United Kingdom
2 Nov 2011 2:53PM
You can't do it for the Nex because of the much bigger sensor.

Even a clever design like the Panasonic's would not make it pocketable.
lemmy 7 1.9k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 3:39PM
I've just bought one of these and I'm so pleased with it....

To have such a tiny lens on my E-PL3 Olympus but it's a zoom, fantastic. The Performance is excellent, sharp and contrasty.

I've put a video of it here

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