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Lumix 14-140 f4 vs. 14-140 f3.5

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by benmen, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. benmen

    benmen New to Mu-43

    3
    Dec 22, 2014
    Santa Monica, CA
    Ben Mendelson
    I've got a Lumix 14-140mm F4 zoom lens for my GH2. And it's been a great lens. But it is very heavy and pretty large.

    Is it worth it... to sell my F4 and get the newer, more expensive 14-140 F3.5? It's considerably smaller and lighter. But seems to have cheaper quality plastic. And are the optics as good?

    Any thoughts would be very helpful.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
  2. Vesku

    Vesku Mu-43 Regular

    84
    Sep 23, 2014
    Fin
    New version has better optics but OIS jitter in video is at unacceptable level. Needs post stabilization.
     
  3. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Setting aside the unfortunate OIS jitter, the 3.5 is a better lens all around. Better build, better optics, lighter, the whole package.
     
  4. mistermark

    mistermark Mu-43 Regular

    105
    Oct 16, 2012
    I had the first 14-140, and now own the new one. Above 70mm, and especially from 100mm, the superiority of the current version is significant. Yes, the new one feels a little light and plasticky, but it's optically excellent by the standards of superzooms.
     
  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I really hope that Panasonic can do something to fix the optical jitter on the new 14-140. I don't do a lot of video, but the old 14-140 is a great lens for when I do.

    I do wish it was smaller and lighter, but for the price I paid ($350), I'm not in a real hurry to upgrade from the old to the new.