Panasonic 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6

Focusing distance: 50cm / 19.7in
Magnification: 0.18x
Filter size: 72mm
Lens size: ø78.5mm x 90.4mm / ø30.9in x 35.6in
Weight: 535g / 18.9oz
Construction: 15 elements in 11 groups
Accessories: Hood, Case


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Eddie's take on it

When this lens came out in 2008, "super zoom" was basically synonymous for "terrible". This lens changed everything. Panasonic showed everyone it is possible to build a zoom lens that, while still having some compromises, is actually very, very good.

Amongst some 4/3 and m4/3 users this lens has reached mythical status. Is it deserved? Well, yes and no. On one hand, it's a very good performer. On the other hand, it's a very good performer for a super zoom.

Basically, the performance is extremely similar to the 14-42mm + 40-150mm kit lenses merged together. But, when you compare performance @150mm with something like that 50-200mm SWD, the dedicated telephoto is noticably sharper. While this may sound bad, it actually is pretty good - it means you can have a single lens solution for a majority of your shooting needs, and used specialized lenses when necessary.

This lens is already a collectable and prices are pretty high. I bought mine for $380 with damaged rubber rings, and I think this is reasonable. You can even get a 14-54mm + 40-150mm together for a cheaper price, but, that's two lenses, not one. And that is exactly what makes the Panasonic 14-150mm so special.