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Old November 29th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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Comparing Panasonic 14-140mm and 14-150mm?

Hello there,

Apologies if this has already been addressed (if so, point me to the thread)

Just ordered an AF100 and considering lens options. Waiting for Birger to finish EOS to M43 adaptor, have also FD lenses, even put a down payment on the Voigtlander 25mm F.95

BUT am looking at both Panasonic 14-140mm and 14-150mm lenses to discover inshgt as to which one best to own.

Can someone chime in? And thank you for your input!
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Old November 30th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #2
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Re: Comparing Panasonic 14-140mm and 14-150mm?

Is there any reason to get the 14-150 lens instead of the 14-140 lens for the AF100? Is the 14-150 a better lens for the AF100? Does the 14-150 have silent video-style autofocus like the 14-140?

And wondering if Panasonic will have new lense offerings at CES?

Barry Green summed up the 14-140 very nicely:
"For lenses, I think the 14-140 is nearly a must-have, for the capabilities and flexibility it gives the camera. I have a complete set of Zeiss ZF manual lenses, and a complete set of Compact Primes for cinema shooting, but that 14-140 gets used all the time. It turns the AF100 into not a digital cinema camera, but a regular video camera. The 14-140 lens is sharp, clear, has a great zoom range, is parfocal (meaning it holds focus throughout the zoom, something that's not all that common on SLR lenses), it communicates electronically with the camera body so that auto-iris and manual iris setting works electronically, it has OIS (mandatory with such a long zoom range), it has chromatic aberration compensation and barrel distortion correction when used on a Panasonic m43 camera, it is the only lens that does silent video-style autofocus, and it's integrated with the camera so that the camera's display of zoom setting and focus distance are accurate and properly displayed. It's a pretty perfect match. Yes it's slow at f4, but all the other benefits make it worth it."
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Old November 30th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #3
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I think you'll be better off with the 14-140mm especially for video shooting. I've been constantly using it since July of last year and it's incredible. This is when there's plenty of lighting by the way.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #4
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The 14-150mm also requires the Panasonic Mount Adapter:

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMW-MA1-Mount-Adapter/dp/B001ISKNKK/ref=pd_bxgy_p_text_b
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Old November 30th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #5
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Hi Daniel,

I would go with the 14140 as it has a couple of cool features, like focus tracking on faces and OIS plus our engineers found that the zoom was fairly quiet.

Best,

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Old November 30th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #6
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Thank you, Jan!

Excited to say the least.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 01:58 PM   #7
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Looks like there's a firmware update just issued for the 14140:

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Old January 3rd, 2011, 03:39 PM   #8
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I also debated purchasing the Leica 14-150, but it appears as if the Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm lens could be called the missing "stock" lens to the AF100. See the AF100 Lens Compatibility Chart.

In any case, it sounds like you'll have plenty of other options with your current lenses and m43 adapters. Happy Shooting!
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