Panasonic GF2 - 14mm f/2.5 Review - Part 2 The Lens

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This is a very light (55g) very small lens. It does however produce excellent results. 

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

The image above, which was processed in Rawker the dcraw based software which gives a version of the raw file minus the manufacturers "adjustments", shows that it's a sharp lens with little CA and fringing and not a lot of distortion. As you can see there is some vignetting, I imagine as a result of making it so small. I'm not quite sure why its as small as it is. The 20mm f1.7 certainly doesn't look out of place on the GF2, so if the 14mm was the same size as that I'm sure nobody would have complained.

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

A 14mm lens gives a lot of depth of field. This is not a lens for great bokeh effects, as you can see from the four images above and below, all shot wide open at f/2.5.

Panasonic GF2 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens.

Panasonic GF2 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is for architectural photography. It needs minimal adjustment for distortion in Photoshop.

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

Above image has no adjustments for converging verticals.

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

Above image has been adjusted for converging verticals.

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

I like the lens very much. It works very well on the GF1 and GF2. I've had a brief try with it on my GH2 and it looks fine but I'll use it more on that camera at a later date. Being so small and light it can be taken everywhere with any other lens combination. I used it for these pictures paired with the 45mm f/2.8 macro and took out two bodies, the GF1 and GF2. This was a light, easy to carry, outfit which produced very good sharp files from both cameras. 

Panasonic GF2 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens.

Panasonic GF1 14 mm f/2.5 Pancake lens

Just a note on prices here in the UK. There are some wildly conflicting prices for this lens and the GF2 camera here. Some dealers are selling the GF2/14mm kit for £469 and others are selling the body only for £499. These are all well-known reputable dealers who are normally very similar on price. I've seen the 14mm lens selling for £356 which considering you can get a kit with a GF2 for only £113 more is a bit strange. Usually when cameras first appear the price is pretty uniform but it seems our economic situation is producing some pretty severe cost cutting. If you are interested in either the lens, camera or kit it pays to shop around, and certainly the kit at £469 is great value, and if you don't want either of the items there's always ebay.

Words - David 
Images - David and Ann