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Any affordable image stabilized, silent focusing kit zoom for the GH3?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by M4/3, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    For those who can't afford the $1000 12-35mm, what image stabilized kit zoom could be used as an alternative with decent image sharpness and silent focusing when shooting video?
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    The 14-45mm seems like an ideal candidate.
  3. marchill

    marchill New to Mu-43

    Dec 28, 2012
    Take a test drive of the 45-200. Its quiet with reasonably quick AF plus great at 45 for portraits, which some believe including myself, is what Panasonic had in mind. I find it sharp up to 150 which is also around the max I hand hold it. It must be one the most under rated lenses around. Oops just realised you are looking at the 12-35 not 35-100 but try the 45-200 anyway
  4. 00r101

    00r101 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 21, 2012
    Notice he said 14-45. Not to be confused with the 14-42
  5. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    The Panasonic 14 - 140 is a superb lens and is optimised for video use with stability built in and silent focussing. Very good with video and the focal range is a bonus
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  6. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Robstar mentioned the 14-140 : designed for exactly silent focus in video since it arrived with the GH2 : but is it affordable? Buy used maybe.

    Is the 14-45 silent enough for focus?
  7. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    The 14-140 was the premium kit zoom for the GH2 and is available new or used for a generally reasonable amount of money. Any of the other Pana kit zooms should be fine too (14-45 or 14-42).
  8. Empireme

    Empireme Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 25, 2011
    LA, CA
    I agree with everyone here... the 14-140 should be your best bet
  9. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    I found the 14-140mm to be front-heavy on the GH2 and similarly gripped G5, so I will likely be selling mine (I'll use the 14-42X and 45-175X as an outdoor, decent light combo.) However, on the GH3, with its larger (in particular, taller) grip, I bet it would be a perfect match. Used, they are not too bad, depending on your definition of bad; generally, less than half of a used 12-35mm.
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