Lens of the year 2011 : Panasonic X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER OIS

by Enche Tjin on December 16, 2011

Around 25 lenses are announced this year. About six lenses are for SLR and SLT system. The rest are for mirrorless interchangeable lens system / compact system camera.

One lens that catch my attention because its innovative & revolutionary is Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Power OIS lens. This lens is designated for micro four thirds system camera.

The size of the lens when collapsed is very thin. It is just slightly longer than pancake lenses such as Panasonic 14mm f/2.8. This is made possible because Panasonic gets rid of the zoom and focus barrel. Panasonic put power zoom (electrical zoom) instead.

Shown with Panasonic GX1. The 14-42mm is fully extended

Shown with Panasonic GX1. The 14-42mm is fully extended

Furthermore, Panasonic also put nano surface coating (to reduce flare, reflection, therefore it increases image quality), and there is still space for POWER OIS, the new optical lens stabilization that is better than older MEGA OIS.

Despite of the revolutionary technology and quality, the price of the lens is also friendly for general public. It is only $400. This lens works well with Panasonic or Olympus PEN micro four thirds camera.

Because of its size, this lens is ideal as M43 cameras companion for travel and everyday photography. It is also great for recording movie clip because the power zoom ensures quite and smoother zoom compared to regular lenses.

Panasonic GF3 14-42mm X

Shown with Panasonic GF3, fully collapsed

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