Advice on GF1 lenses

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by EddieF, May 9, 2011.

  1. EddieF

    EddieF New to Mu-43

    May 9, 2011
    Falkirk, Scotland
    Hi Folks
    I am very new to digital photography and haven't done much photography since I stopped using my (4) Pentax SLR's some years back.
    But I have just bought a lovely GF1 with the 20mm lens and I am delighted with the results.
    But I need some advice please on the next step;
    ---- buy the one stop shop 14-140mm telephoto or
    ---- buy the 14-45mm and then the 90-280mm telephoto?

    Camera uses are mostly family shots plus video and for hillwalking, where both landscapes and longer zoom would be desirable.

    Would the 14-140mm be a better option, less weight, no lens switching, silent AF, or does the 2 lens package offer flexibility that outweighs the 14-140mm benefits. The latter is also more expensive!!!

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    What 90-280? There is no such thing in a native mount ...

    IMHO, I have rarely missed the range "around" the 20. I lived for a long time with the 20 and 45-200 ... of course, since then I have added the 45/2.8 for macro and a 14-50 f/2.5-3.3 "regular" four-thirds lens (with adapter) to hold me over until the "promised" "bright zoom" (rumored to be 12-50) comes out.

    I think I could live quite happily with the 7-14, 20, 45-200 - especially if the 7-14 and 45-200 were reeleased in brighter versions (I think f/2-4 and f/4 fixed, respectively, would be reasonable)
  3. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    I'd say go for 14-140mm. I have Canon 18-135mm for my work DSLR and it's very convenient. You can use 14-140 for general photography and 20mm in low light situations.
  4. EddieF

    EddieF New to Mu-43

    May 9, 2011
    Falkirk, Scotland
  5. Lauzers

    Lauzers Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2011

    I would say the 14-140 will best suit your shooting style.

    For close family shot, the 20mm is a gem, great for low light too. As for your hill walk, you need the wide end for landscape shots, and tele zoom to capture the bird or animal you spotted.

    I was presented with the same problem, however i stared considering the 14-140 when i already had the 14-45. So naturally, i went for the 45-200 purely just to compliment my set.

    Lens changing is also a habit that can be 'learned'. I realised if i can put up with carrying the 14-140, i can have a bag big enough to have 1 more lens in it. Thus it justify my purchase of 45-200, paired with 14-45.

    hope this helps.