Panasonic G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH

Here's our review of the Panasonic G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH lens 

Panasonic’s 14-42mm pancake lens (28-84mm equivalent) offers a perfect zoom range for travel. At a very compact 2.7cm in length, its diminutive size makes it a very covert lens which takes up little space in your kit bag. The 110g weight gives this a very lightweight and balanced feel, which lessens the effect of motion blur at longer focal lengths. 

The Panasonic G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH lens for mirrorless cameras

The Panasonic G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH lens for mirrorless cameras

Panasonic's 14-42mm features image stabilisation 

The f/3.5-5.6 variable aperture offers some impressive sharpness, and the unassuming nature means you can blend in with the tourists to capture some great close-up shots. The inclusion of Panasonic’s image stabilisation gives you up to 3 stops, which lets you work at longer shutter speeds or with less light. 

There are switches on the barrel to control zoom and focus, and while the electronic zoom may feel a bit unintuitive, both switches work well. Images are very sharp at the centre, though there is some minor blurring in the corners and obvious vignetting. At 14mm there is noticeable pin-cushion distortion, though it can be corrected in post.

Pros 

Size
Price
Stabilisation

Cons 

Limited range
Pin-cushion distortion
Unintuitive zoom

Specification 

  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Elements: 9/8
  • Filter size: 46mm
  • Minimum focus distance: 20cm
  • DxL: 56x49mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Find out more on Panasonic's website