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

    Dec 22, 2014
    Santa Monica, CA
    Real Name:
    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.

  2. Vesku

    Vesku Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2014
    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
    Real Name:
    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

    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.