Thoughts on the panasonic 14mm f2.8?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Smashatom, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Smashatom

    Smashatom Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
    Just seen a very good price for this lens, seems too cheap to not have it. This made me realise I've never heard much about it... Anyone got any thoughts? Especially those that have had it on an OM-D....

    I've got the 20mm, oly 45mm and oly 40-150mm... The 14mm seems like a good length for an impulsive purchase,

  2. Dan Lopez

    Dan Lopez Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2011
    The more I use the 14 the more I enjoy it. I have a variety of lenses but the 14 has made me enjoy shooting again. Check out the 14mm image gallery and see for yourself. -Dan.
  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I acquired one recently as part of a deal on a GF1 that was too good to miss (alert - GF1 for sale!!). It's not a bad lens - incredibly small and light and sharpness is good. Its one vice is that it suffers from heavy CA in high contrast situations, but this is easily removed in post processing (assuming you're into PP - if you like SOOC JPEGs, then it may not be lens for you if you're using Olympus bodies).

    For me though, I find that the focal length is a bit in no-mans land. Too wide for people shots and general purpose use, but not wide enough for dramatic wide-angle stuff. However, I know that lots of people love the FL, so it's down to how you feel about it.

    For the price it's hard to complain really.
  4. PaulGiz

    PaulGiz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    Rhode Island, USA
    I love mine. Like others, I bought it broken from a kit for $180.

    I like the Field of View very much. Very nice for walking around, it's the lens I leave on the camera most of the time.

    Sharp in the center from wide open, sharp everywhere 1/2 stop down. Vignettes wide open, but pretty much gone by f3.5. No problem with CA for me.

    For under $200, it's a no-brainer.

  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    First off the lens is f2.5 which is a 1/3 stop faster than f2.8. Second it is a great lens especially for the price. It is decently sharp and renders colors well. Although hard to get bokeh, the out of focus areas look nice. It also focuses fairly close{about 6 inches}, although AF has trouble that close.
  6. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Paid $135 for mine. Definitely worth it.
  7. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Maybe best value for the money used of all m4/3 lenses!
  8. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    " En Su Mirada " es chingon buey!:thumbup:
  9. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I've found the pancake form factor nice. I usually have it attached to my E-P1 in my bag when I go to work. It's fast enough to work indoors in most cases, and you can always crop.

    It's nice for photography architecture, you can get a lot of building in there. Not bad for street photography either, if your subject is close.
  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    A rather surprising little lens. You can get some wonderful shots with it and the price is very affordable. A very nice pancake lens. :thumbup:
  11. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    I have not used the Oly 12m, but many people have written on this forum that the image quality is nearly the same and it is a fraction of the cost.

    I don't use my 14m that often, but have no complaints about the image quality at all. I just don't find the need for a wide angle that often. However, this lens is with me 90+% of the time, since it is so small it takes up no room in a pocket. Also, it is so inexpensive I don't have to worry so much about protecting it with a case (I just keep it inside of an old baby sock and stick it in my pocket with my iPhone when heading out).

    Definitely worth picking one up if you don't have a wide.
  12. Smashatom

    Smashatom Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
    Wow, a lot of love.... I'm not going to lie, I was kind of hoping for some haters...! As cheap as it is, I am meant to be saving for a trip to Morocco but once I get an idea in my head I usually follow it through and it ends up with a disapproving look from the girlfriend!

    I know the 20mm has the banding issue with OM-D, not that I have used my new camera enough yet to notice this, but does the 14mm have the same issue? And is the focus speed similar to that of the 20mm?

    Dan Lopez, I did check out the gallery and noticed a few images you posted today that I love, out of interest and if you don't mind sharing, what do you use for PP? I love how they are very dramatic yet really subtle! I don't know if that will make sense, but that's how my eyes and brain perceive them!

    As always thank you all for your help, it's all appreciated!
  13. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    No banding on EM5/EPM2/EPL5 with the 14/2.5. It also focuses internally and quite a bit faster than the 20/1.7.

    Sent from my Kindle Fire HD. Please pardon my brevity!
  14. BigSky1

    BigSky1 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    Helena, Montana
    If you are shooting landscapes - its a great lens!! I love it.
  15. eclipes

    eclipes New to Mu-43

    Jan 3, 2011
    14mm is definitely a sweet lens. I might be consider selling my 20mm for something that has more bokeh such as 25mm or 45mm and keep the pancake for street and wide angles. best bang for buck lens especially something that focuses faster than the darn 20mm.
  16. SeanQ

    SeanQ Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 13, 2013
    Bend, OR
    Saw the images thread, read some reviews, and decided to buy one. Just picked one up on eBay today for $150. Can't wait to walk around with it on my EM-5.
  17. Gurin

    Gurin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2012
    I bought one and but have only been able to use it for one day. The next day the wife decided that it was hers. Her pictures are very good, but she takes good pictures with every lens.:rolleyes: I on the other hand need good lenses. :biggrin:
  18. sgreszcz

    sgreszcz Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 7, 2012
    I use it a lot for video on the omd as it is easy to keep moving children and the environment in focus and bright enough to use inside. I haven't used it much outside or for 'real' photography though.

    I focuses much faster than the 20mm and is more pocketable and more useful due to the wider angle for inside shots than my 25mm, especially for video.
  19. OhWellOK

    OhWellOK Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Makes for a great small package on my epl5. I got mine from eBay from seller - podmantech. Great to deal with, lens was well packed and he has them with black or silver trim.
  20. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    I know your decision is made but adding another "great little lens". Along with the 25mm it's a nice light travel/walkaround pair.