H-PS14042, Standard lens, 9/8, 14 - 42 mm, Image stabilizer
I was a little unsure about this as I already had the standard kit lens but really wanted something that was more compact. The standard lens was okay but left my G3 a little bit unbalanced. Initially I was looking at the 20mm but feel that in the real world this would give me more flexibility. Really could not believe how small this lens really is, when it arrived I thoght the box was empty.
It's pretty close to a standard lens, representing the 35mm equivalent of 28-84mm so it is great to find this in such a small lightweight lens. I bought this to save weight and bulk while travelling, but it seems to have the additional advantage of power zoom on my G6 body and even on my old G1, I can use power zoom on the G1 with the lever on the lens itself. I marvel how such a small and lightweight lens can contain motors for zoom, focus and power OIS, but it does. If you use your Lumix G for video, then this is ideal as the motors are quiet, and the power zoom and focus are best for reducing shake that seems inevitable when struggling with lens rings.You can't fit a lens hood to it, but the nano coating is reported to reduce flare even directly into the sun. It's great after carrying heavy lenses to have a combination (G6 and this) that is light and can virtually fit into a pocket. I haven't had it long, but I can see this becoming one of my favourite lenses.
At original price it was hard to justify. Now you can get the lens for £199 or less or I found it on a GF5 for £265 from Wilkinson Cameras. Amazing value. Despite the picky comments about the lens from the reviewers who blow the picture up to poster size then complain its actually perfectly good for day most peoples day to day photography and the convenience of the size is superb. I use it on my GH2 as well as the stunning little GF5 and very pleased with sharpness and speed of focus.
This lens is just lovely.
I bought this second hand. I use this with my G3 body and I have a superb compact camera that I can fit in a pocket (admittedly a large pocket in a loose jacket or "combat pants"). This makes the camera more portable than the larger standard 14-45 lens.
I really like this lens. It goes exactly what it should and the image quality is very good.
Tiny and prefect for use with the small Panasonic camera. It is however far from cheap when compared with an SLR lens and I'm not 100% sure how long the drive motor would last with heavy use.
Very lightweight, flexible works well with panasonic lumix g3's "IA+" functionality -zoom button takes getting used to (positioned bottom left of lense barrel
Having purchased a Lumix G5 camera I wanted a lens that would take advantage of the cameras auto facilities,the lens has so far meet or bettered my wishes.
Great little compact lens for my Panasonic G6, wouldn't be without it, always on my camera as first choice lens
Better than I was expecting
It does the job very well.
I would recommend this lens to replace the 14-42mm kit lens.
Just great. So compact.