Best all around Lens for G3

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by MrDoug, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    If you had to pick by Sunrise tomorrow morning.. LOL.. I have said this before.. but which is the BEST all around lens for the G3????... taking into account the G3 does not have IBIS like the Olympus :43: bodies have.. just curious as always..
  2. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    Depends on what one shoots.

    I've been playing around with the 14-45 original kit lens and, at least for my purposes, if I had to have a 'desert island' lens that did everything really well and nothing at all badly, that would be it.
  3. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    So.. what is the difference between the 14-45 that you must have vs the 14-42 which now is the Kit lens for the G3? have you heard or seen? or what? what is the difference between the two..?
  4. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    Agree 100%. The Panasonic 14-45mm kit lens performs better than anyone has a right to expect at the price.

    The current Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens is optically significantly inferior, and the 14-140mm lens, though good for video, is large, heavy, slow and expensive.
  5. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 5, 2011
    Mr. Doug, the 14-45 is slightly sharper in the center, and quite a bit sharper at the edges, than the 14-42, based on several tests I've seen.

    If I could only have one lens, though, it would probably be the 14-140. It's at least as sharp as the 14-45, virtually as fast, and has a tremendous range.

    But if I were truly stuck on a desert island, I might prefer the 7-14, which is a simply brilliant lens that produces dramatic photos that few other lenses can.
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  6. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    What about the size of the 14-140? Is it OK? not too Big? I have been thinking about buying one..
  7. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    No brainer. If we're talking about all-round lens the best is 14-140.
    I use the 14-150 on my Oly bodies and also use it on my G3 but planning to save money for buying the 14-140 for my baby.
    Great range - excellent IQ - silent ecc. what else do you want from a lens?
    The only downside is cost.
  8. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Until M43 gets fixed aperture zooms, I'm going with the primes on this. Get the PL 25 1.4. Best M43 lens hands down in optical quality and aperture speed.
  9. hunyuan7

    hunyuan7 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    The best all-around lens is the Panny 14-140.
    All-around means to me: a bit of wide, tele, and macro, and it's built for video. It's also got mega O.I.S. Its bokeh look is subjective. Its size and weight may be an issue for you. I still shoot Rokkor 200/4.0 and Tokina 400/5.6 with my SR-T 102 and 202, so weight, size, and balance are non-issues for me.
  10. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Olympus 45 mm 1.8 .why are we forgetting it???
  12. McDark

    McDark Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 26, 2011
    Bhupinder2002, 45 is excellent but not all around lens as OP suggested

    Agree with Jonathan on 25/1.4. Another all around prime would be 20/1.7 (cheaper and compact, and not that bad, maybe even better than 25/1.4 on some aspects)

    All around zoom would be 14-140 if price and size does not matter.
    14-150 has about the same IQ but lacks IS, so it is ok for good light conditions shooting. I tried it on G3 and it was OK, but keeping it on E-PL1 as it has IBIS, just in case.
  13. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
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    If I had to choose by sunrise it would likely be the Lumix 45/2.8 macro. It's about my favorite focal length and if I could have only one I'd want a macro. A close second place goes to the m-mount Summicron 35/2. I'm beginning to like the focal length better on m4/3 and that lens is incredible.

  14. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
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    G3 + 20/1.7 = lean, mean photo machine
  15. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
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    yes, in fact i bring a G3 + 20 everyday, literally. :biggrin:
  16. robertro

    robertro Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 22, 2010
    If I had to have only one lens for stills, it would be the 20/1.7:
    - Small and light.
    - Wide enough for most shots. Panorama software for wider.
    - Sharp enough to crop significantly for longer shots.
    - Aperture large enough for low light and for shallow depth of field effects.
    - Excellent image quality.

    If someone came out with a pancake 17/2 or 20/2 that focused as fast as the Panny 14/2.5, I'd buy that in a flash.

    If I were also shooting video, I'd get the 14-140 Panny instead. although I have a love-hate relationship with this lens. It's my heaviest M4/3 lens, a bit more awkward than the 14-45 or the Oly 14-150. I bought it for the range, sold it for the weight, and bought it again when I realized that there was no real alternative - the OIS and C-AF are much superior for video work.

    OTOH, If I were stuck on a deserted island, I'd probably choose the 100-300 and look for ships ;-)
  17. bobbywise

    bobbywise Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Nantes, France
    Since it's sitting on a G3 I'd say the PL25/1.4.

    If the same question applies to the more compact bodies, I'd say the 20/1.7 :smile:
  18. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.

    I depends where you are taking this special picture. Along a beach, I would use the 14mm. Why? I just like primes and the 14mm has great depth in the image, every thing is going to be in focus. My second choice would be the 20mm. But if I really had to have just one lens then it would have to be the 14-45mm zoom. And of course it goes with out saying, use a tripod.

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  19. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    This question is as silly as asking what's the best m43 camera. Oh, wait....

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  20. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    It really depends where you are and what you're planning to shoot, but if I'd really have to choose it'd be the 25/1.4. =)