The Panasonic H-PS14042S is a retractable zoom lens with a 14-42mm range. Much more compact and lightweight than its predecessor, the H-FS014042
, while keeping the same aperture range: f/3.5-5.6. It is a standard Miro Four Thirds Mount and silver in color.
The retractable design of the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. replaces standard zoom and iris control rings with quiet levers. And the optical elements have been upgraded with a Nano Surface Coating designed to cut down on ghosting and flare. The new POWER O.I.S. now features 9 elements in 8 groups as opposed to 12 elements in 9 groups (in the H-FS014042); it is also controlled via the camera’s menu system (no external switch).
A Compact Retractable Lens. When not in use, the lens is a mere 26.8mm and extends to roughly 47mm when the camera is turned on (this extension takes place in less than a second). Panasonic was able to achieve this by using 4 aspherical lenses and exchanging the manual rings for levers. The change in lens length when moving between the 14mm and 42mm positions is barely perceptible and takes approximately 3.5 seconds.
Light Speed AF. Lumix G cameras and lenses work together to autofocus – utilizing the camera’s microprocessor. The inner focus system (again, controlled via lever) is driven by a stepping motor. This reportedly allows the camera/lens setup to achieve approximately 0.1 second Light Speed AF (As measured on the GF3, moving the lens position from 2m to Infinity).
|Lens Construction||9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)|
|Nano Surface Coating||Yes|
|Mount||Micro Four Thirds mount|
|Optical Image Stabilizer||YES (POWER OIS)|
|Focal Length||f=14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-84mm)|
|Aperture Type||7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm|
|Aperture Range||F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(TELE)|
|Closest Focusing Distance||0.2m / 0.66ft|
|Maximum Magnification||Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)|
|Diagonal Angle of View||75°(Wide) to 29°(TELE)|
|Filter Size||¿ 37mm / 1.5in|
|Max. Diameter||¿ 61mm / 2.4in|
|Overall Length||Approx. 26.8mm (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount, under the condition when lens is stored) / 1.1in|
|Weight||Approx. 95g / 3.4oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)|
|Standard Accessories||Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag|
|Others||Electric zoom lever, Manual focus lever|