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Panasonic 14-42 pancake

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by aikidoka, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. jlabate

    jlabate Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    It appears the only way to zoom the lens is with the power zoom.
  2. aikidoka

    aikidoka Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    Right, in this case a spare battery is a crucial companion to the lens
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    And more importantly... the only way to focus is Auto Focus! :eek: 
  4. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Power zoom? Nah! Another step towards dumbing down :43: imo and another stick for Canikon cultists to beat the system with. Not that there's anything intrinsically wrong with a large sensored p&s. Some people love the Sigma DP1/2 and the Leica X1 :wink:
  5. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    That's incredible. I might have to cancel my 40-150mm order if the 175mm is the same way. I just hope it isn't ridiculously expensive.
  6. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2011
    There is another switch on the bottom. It might be a focus "ring".
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    The geek in me is really loving this. Basically, it can really turn mFT into a fixed lens solution without being fixed lens. I don't have a problem with power zoom. But as you pointed out, I do like manual focus(or focus by wire). Some compacts have the ability to do this through the menu, but AFAIK, Panasonic or Olympus aren't going to change their menu. It better focus fast and accurate.
  8. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    My guess would be an OIS switch for the second one there.

    I have to admit I'm pretty impressed with this one - if you're more into compact primes this definitely has a place in your bag for the occasional time you need a zoom. I wonder if the 45-175 will be a similar design - that would definitely separate itself from the 45-200!
  9. agwe

    agwe Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2011
    Manila, Philippines
    I'm digging it. Hope it will be bundled with future G3 or GF3 kits. Makes for a nice compact travel set with my 20mm.
  10. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    Holy crap. Stabilized, too. Absolutely unbelievable, and I'm amazed this is physically possible. (Cue idiots complaining about digital correction of distortions in 3...) This really steps up the game.
  11. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    This is the gateway drug for P&S upgraders. Cool.
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    A agree, it may not be for everyone but it is a pretty cool little idea. I can see where this would be pretty handy.
  13. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Agreed. If it's not too expensive, I'd be tempted to pick it up and add it to my kit. For those who shoot a lot of video, I can't see how one can avoid it.
  14. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I think this is a great idea. Most people hate on the 14-42 already and go for the 14-45 because it's sharper. I think trying something new is great and I love the compact size. I probably wouldn't go for it personally but the more selection the better.

    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 App
  15. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Oh, yeah, another slow 14-40ish zoom :rolleyes: 

    At least this one is super compact. No filter threads though.

    Still waiting for the "bright zoom" I guess ...
  16. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Agreed. I would love to see these sitting in Best Buy, etc. The GF3 and G3 will look ridiculously small with it mounted next to the NEXs.
  17. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    looks like 37mm filter to me - it is a smaller thread like oly, the thread number is marked around the front element.
  18. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 3, 2011
    I like the idea of that, manual focus or not.....
  19. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I also like the idea. A zoom in a pancake body?:eek: : that seems pretty smart and fancy.:biggrin:
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