Panasonic Announces an Updated 14-42mm Kit Lens for Micro Four Thirds


Panasonic just announced a new version of their 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens for Micro Four Thirds. The new ‘Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS’ features the same outward appearance as Panasonic’s latest X series zooms, and is designated as a HD lens, meaning it has virtually silent AF optimized for video. The company also made some minor changes in the optical formula, adding two aspherical elements to make the lens smaller than its predecessor. The new 14-42mm lens will come as a kit option with both the DMC-GF5 and the DMC-G5 Micro Four Thirds camera.

Tech Specs

  • Focal length: 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent)
  • Max. aperture: f3.5-5.6
  • Min. aperture: f22
  • Filter size: 46mm
  • Image stabilization: Mega OIS
  • Optics: 9 elements in 8 groups, 2 aspherical elements
  • Min. focus distance: 0.2 m (7.87″)
  • Dimensions: 56 x 49 mm (2.2 x 1.93″)
  • Weight: 110 g (0.24 lb)

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