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Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock in Europe and on eBay!

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Finally non-japanese stores do have some of the new Panasonic stuff in Stock :)
Amazon Deutschland has the new Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock right now!. And so Amazon UK.
That leads us to hope that also Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto will have it in Stock soon!

I don’t advice you to buy the japanese GH2 (which are currently in auction on eBay) because you have to deal with the japanese menu. But you don’t have that problem when you buy a lens! Japanese resellers are currently selling some of these lenses on eBay (Click here).

P.S: ThePublicEye posted a few Panasonic 14mm image samples.

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  • chris

    seriously ? double the price of the nex 16mm?
    panasonics prices are ridiculous.

  • Brod1er

    Cheapest not always best. Reviews are limited but the panasonic seems better engineered (3 asph lenses), smaller, lighter. The Sony suffers from significant vignetting and very soft corners – rated 1.5/5 for optical quality on photozone. We need a proper panasonic review for a final verdict to assess value.

    • Ulli

      i agree, if the 14mm turns out to be in the same league as the 20mm, then its worth the money i guess, though i don’t mind any extra discount :-)

      • chris

        well.. the nex 16mm really is not that great..

        the real comparison will be the 20mm samsung nx lens.
        the samsung 30mm already beats the 20mm panasonic at almost half the price (193€ vs 338€)
        reviews of both lenses are at photozone

        • chris

          or lets say they are at least equal in sharpness.. but still the samsung costs only 57% of the panasonic. reviews are also on dpreview.. keep in mind when comparing them you need to start the panasonic at f1.7 and the nx at f2.5 to have equal dof.

          dont get me wrong.. i like the panasonic cameras. i just dont like those rip off prices compared to the samsung lenses.
          biggest advantage of the panasonic cameras is the video mode which most people here dont care about anyways and that advantage will only last maybe another 1 or 2 years.
          I think m4/3 will be dead in a couple of years. overhyped and overpriced.
          they cant even make a use of the smaller sensor to create a camera with nex dimensions.. which sells like crazy.

  • mapleflot

    Will be interesting to see the bundled price with the GF-2. Might make an extra m43 body tempting, just to get the lens.

    • tgutgu

      But many photographers don’t need / want something as small as a NEX. The small size of the NEX is not an asset to me, it is a disadvantage. To me Panasonic has the much better camera system line-up currently.

  • STAV

    seriosuly when its four times lighter, smaller, marginally brighter, it has 6 elements in 5 groups (3 aspherical lenses) vs 5 elements in five groups (1 aspheric surfaces)and 0.18m vs 0.24m closest focusing distance

    • chris

      are you on crack? lol
      four times lighter? the panasonic is 55g and the nex16mm is 67g.
      brighter? you dont seems that bright^^ the panasonic is f2.5 the nex f2.8. but keep in mind that a aps-c sized sensor is always 1 stop better in high iso than 4/3(because of sensor size). so the panasonic is actually at least f1/3 darker.
      and by the way.. the real benchmark will be the samsung 20mm (30ff)f2.8.. reviews should be out soon.
      m4/3 fanboys are really crazy. i thought you guys are all about high quality big image sensor in a smaller package.. but you are simply a fanboy. stockholm syndrome is all i need to say ^^

  • When you buy stuff from overseas you also have to deal with customs. Just another good reason not buy stuff from overseas Ebay auctions.

  • sam

    That is about the same price as a Canon EF 28mm f1.8, is this likely to drop to something reasonable for what it is any time soon?

  • safaridon

    Appears that Pany’s pricing strategy is if you want the 14/2.5 then better just buy the GF2 just as it was with the 20/1.7, better to buy the GF1 with 20/1.7 lens. Probably not a bad strategy as supply of a new lens may be limited and they want to sell as many GF2s as possible initially and the smaller faster AF and quiet 14/2.5 a perfect fit for that smaller format providing more choices to the consumer.

    This makes sense with no 20/1.7 bundled with GF2 only if the likes of a slightly larger GF1 with more conventional controls is still available as a choice? My best guess Pany will soon be delivering the GF1 body modified to rangefinder with EVF where the flash is and will be in the process of converting that assembly line at start of year for this new GF3 or whatever it is called.

  • photomatix

    I just found another (german) test of the Panasonic 2.5/14 with more pictures at http://www.ueberlicht.de/?p=136

    Greetings,
    photomatix

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