Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH G VARIO

Here’s our concise review of the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH G VARIO wide-angle zoom lens…

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH G VARIO

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 ASPH G VARIO

This diminutive Micro Four Thirds lens provides a 35mm equivalent of 14-28mm, giving it an appealing focal range, and a wide, constant f/4 aperture.

The build is what you’d expect from Panasonic, with high quality plastics giving it a light, but rugged feel. You get 16 elements in 12 groups, which include two aspherical lenses, as well as four Extra-Low Dispersion lenses, which both help prevent excessive chromatic aberration and distortion.

This lens is very sharp, even wide-open, with exceptional central sharpness throughout the range, and impressive corners, regardless of the focal length. However, there is some vignetting at f/4, which disappears when you step down. This is easy to correct with post-processing.

As with most wide-angle zooms, there is slight distortion, though it’s kept very well in check. One thing which may put you off is the large protruding front element. This means you won’t be able to attach standard ND filters for long exposures.

Find out more at the Panasonic website.

Pros
Good construction
Ultra-wide
Very sharp

Cons
No filters
Vignetting
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Spec
Max aperture: f/4
Min aperture: f/22
Min focus: 25cm
Elements/groups: 16/12
DxL: 70x83mm
Weight: 300g