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Best telephoto for panasonic gx8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by nirok, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. nirok

    nirok Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 7, 2014
    Hey, i'am looking for a cheap telephoto for my gx8, after considering everything together (price, extra reach, sharpness, compatibility with gx8) what would you say is the best option?

    I would love to hear some of your thoughts
     
  2. CyVan

    CyVan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2016
    Jamaica
  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    What kind of reach and what are you wanting to photograph? There is the Olympus 40-150 that you can get pick up for $99 or one of the xx-300 lenses you can get for a reasonable price.
     
  4. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I would not call that a telephoto lens.
     
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  5. nirok

    nirok Mu-43 Regular

    88
    Apr 7, 2014
    I don't need the **** - 300 stuff... and the 14-42 is not a telephoto. my competitors are the

    pana 45-200

    oly 45-150

    pana 45-150

    pana 45-175
     
  6. CyVan

    CyVan Mu-43 Veteran

    322
    Mar 9, 2016
    Jamaica
    Oops sorry , I got my definitions mixed up , shouldn't post first thing when I wake up :). I've used the Pana 45-150 to good effect and its available for $200, but I swapped it and my 14-42 for the 14-140mm II which I got for around $400. That lives on my GX8 now.
     
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  7. QualityBuiltIn

    QualityBuiltIn Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I have the old 40-150 which is cheap and effective in decent light. I think all of your shortlist would be superior - I'd choose the Panasonic 45-150 for compatibility.
     
  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    Things to consider:
    Cheapest might be the Oly 45-150, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
    Pan 45-150 and 45-175 will both work with dial IS on the GX8, 45-200 will not.
    Pan 45-175 is a power zoom but is small, light, and doesn't extend when zooms.
    Only one I haven't owned is the Pan 45-150, of the other 3 it's been a toss up between the Pan 45-175 and 45-200 with the Oly 45-150 in the rear.

    So reach, power zoom, dual IS, and size/weight would be my deciding factors between the Pan 45-175 and 45-200.

    The Pan 45-150 does get good reviews, I've just never owned one.
     
  9. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2015
    Does the Power zoom on the Pan 45-175 mean that you can't zoom normally or that you have the option to use the power zoom?
     
  10. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    David
    The zoom ring and on lens zoom switch are both zoom by wire. I REALLY don't like power zooms. But I would say the Pan 45-175 and Oly 12-50 are the least offensive, for me anyway.
     
  11. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    35-100 also great, small & cheap

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