Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 Ver 1 for Day 20 Gear Friday

Last week I used my Panasonic Lumix 30mm F/2.8 macro, this week I used the the Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 Ver 1 This lens the oldest lens in my micro four thirds system.

Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5 ASPH on a OM-D E-M5

Before getting this,  I was uing FD lenses, which was ok and fun to shoot, but after seeing the capabilities of the Micro Four Thirds, I decided to get native lenses and this is the first one I bought. Why, because it’s cheap, and after reading some positive reviews, I went ahead and bought it.

It is unbelievably small, I immediately attached it to my E-PL5  and wow it looks nice, it also looks good with the 46mm metal vented lenshood.

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Panasonic  Lumix 14mm F/2.5 Specs

Focal Length14mm
Comparable Focal Length: 28 mm
ApertureMaximum: f/2.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type / FormatMicro Four Thirds
Minimum Focus Distance7.09" (18 cm)
Magnification0.1x
Elements/Groups6/5
Diaphragm Blades7

Build Quality:

The build quality on this Lumix 14mm F/2.5 pancake is not the best, but is not bad at all. It is tiny which will make your camera a bit pocketable depending on the body.

It’s all made of plastic, but has a metal mount which for me is good enough.  Mine has no wable, the focus ring is fine. I have been using it for five years now and it still works great. I have had no problems with it whatsoever. I have accidentally drop it on several times, but still works. Before I forget, there is no weather sealing on this lens, but I have use it a few times in light rain. Overall the build quaility of this lens is just right for the price.

Performance:

This little lens is no slouch, maybe not as fast as the Olympus 17mm F/1.8, but still fast enough to get most photographic job done. With regards to sharpness, it is good enough for me. Wide open at F/2.5, it’s sharp at the center step down to F/2.8 and it improves a lot throughout the image with a bit softness on the corners. At 14mm it’s equivalent to 28mm which is a good wide focal lengrh which is perfect for environmental shot, street photography, landscape and much much more. Overall, you will be happy with this lens.

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Advantages/Reasons to buy this lens:

  • Price
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Walk Around Lens
  • Fast enough at F/2.5
  • Fast enough AF
  • Normal wide focal lenght

Conclusion:

The Lumix 14mm F/2.5 lens is not a perfect lens but certainly not a bad one. If you are looking for a prime wide angle lens for your micro four thirds system, this is it. This is a wide angle lens you can rely on.

Below are some sample photos I shot in the past with the Lumix 14mm F/2.5 pancake lens

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