2nd GF5 Lens

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by caitlin1762, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. caitlin1762

    caitlin1762 New to Mu-43

    Jun 14, 2013
    Hi all,

    I purchased a GF5 last year with the standard 14-42mm lens included. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for the best lens to purchase that would allow a greater zoom for all sorts of photos. What is the most popular range to have in a lens?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    Real Name:
    if you're looking for zooms that will satisfy you covering the most used range, 45-200 is a good choice as far as price and range are concerned, however it's not good at the long end and almost across the whole range suffers a lot from heavy fringing. should I mention the 45-200 aperture shrinks to f/5.6 very late, at 120mm it can still get f/5.0.

    45-150 is a better performer and the size and weight are both more comfortable to take with. but aperture closes down quickly after a little bit of zoom.

    if you prefer to use it indoor (especially at the long end) you probably need the f/2.8 35-100 zoom which is not cheap.

    since you're using GF5 it's not recommended to use Oly long zooms or there will not be image stablisation.
  3. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Your best option is probably the 45-150, which is very nice and also compact. If you want a bit more range the 45-200 is in the same price range, but not as nice a lens and physically larger.

    Another good choice is the 45-175. It's a good lens, but more a little more expensive than the other two. It's a power zoom lens, so better for video than the other two.
  4. caitlin1762

    caitlin1762 New to Mu-43

    Jun 14, 2013
    Thanks for the feedback guys. Very much Appreciated!!
  5. idfo555

    idfo555 New to Mu-43

    Jun 21, 2013
    Hello guys..I have also GF 5 lens but after some days its not working well i do not know where the problem is happened zoom is also not working..Can you tell me what i do in these lens?
  6. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Do you have the compact power zoom lens on it, or the larger manual zoom lens?
  7. Dalton

    Dalton Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Real Name:
    Dan Ferrall
    Just a possible bit of help...

    Sometimes you can take the lens off of your camera and then remount the lens firmly. There is a set of electrical contacts on the lens and the camera which must be aligned correctly for the camera and lens to operate correctly.
    Portland, Oregon
  8. Loonylumix

    Loonylumix Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 30, 2012
    It might be radical but the 20mm f1.7 is a superb lens and if you can leave the zoom at home you will find it very handy.. with a high iso you can hand hold at night.... try and do that with any zoom
    Just my two penneth worth :)
  9. norazi

    norazi Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 17, 2013
    i use the 20mm f1.7 most of the time and a 45-200mm for the few times i need zoom and that covers all my bases.. if i had the money i would swap out the 45-200mm for the 14-140mm but its over double the price!

    i find the kit 14-42mm to be pretty mediocre in general and would recommend selling it off for some better glass
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
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    Doug Green
    I'd recommend the 45-175mm zoom, as it's currently on a great deal at Amazon - except they are back-ordered until July.

    Oops, it looks like this deal is over.