Lumix 14-42mm II first findings.

Hi everyone,

Now that I’ve had a chance to test my new Lumix 14-42 mm II lens, during a recent visit to Worthing, a few thoughts. Center sharpness is excellent, the edges are a tad soft at 14 mm but nothing that overly concerns me especially as I had my tiny Lumix 14 mm f/2.5 pancake lens with me if required. The 14-42 mm is so light and small so much so that it didn’t feel like I had a lens on my PEN-F camera and thus not a lot of weight hanging from my neck which is always a blessing. Another interesting and nice thing is that the lens parks itself at the 25 mm focal length when powered down and thus it’s a simple twist of the zoom ring either way when powered on to zoom in to 42 mm or out to 14 mm. I like the 46 mm filter thread which is the same as two of the other lenses I packed, my Lumix 14 mm f/2.5 and Lumix 35-100 mm zoom. The lens auto focuses quickly and silently and the zoom and manual focus rings are smooth in operation. I really enjoyed using this lens and I’m more than happy with the image quality of this lens. Is it plastic?, yes, is a lens hood supplied?, yes, is it heavy?, no, is it weather-sealed?, no (nor is this camera), is it optically good?, definitely yes. ๐Ÿ™‚

With lens hood fitted.
With lens hood reversed, the yellow dot is a sticky label that I’ve fitted to many of my lens hoods for quick fitting alignment, position the yellow dot at the top and twist 90 degrees clockwise to secure.
Fits nicely In my small Manfrotto MB MA2-SB-S Advancedยฒ bag alongside my 35-100 mm with my 9-18 mm and 14mm below the 35-100.

Kind regards,