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Do I need both? Pan 14-140 and 45-200

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by db96, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. db96

    db96 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Central Indiana
    I ordered a Panasonic 45-200mm earlier this month when it was on backorder. In the mean time, I picked up a very nice used 14-140mm. Of course, the 45-200shipped the day the 14-140 arrived.

    I do mainly travel photograpy and was thinking versatility when I got the 14-140. On the other hand, the extra length of the 200 might be good for lighthouses and such. Then there is the weight factor of carrying and exta lens.

    So, should I keep the 45-200 or send it back and put the money to other use? Any advise would be appreciated.
  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    For what it's worth, I got the 45-200 first, then got the 14-140 and I immediately decided the 45-200 is getting sold after comparing the two side by side. 200mm just isn't that much longer than 140mm that I could see myself carrying and using both.

    That said, I picked up a 100-300mm and that one I will be carrying in addition to the 14-140 on certain outings where I expect to see wildlife or have long distance photo opportunities. The difference between 140-200mm is noticeable but not worth carrying a second large lens to me, whereas the difference between 140mm and 300mm *is* worth it when I actually want the reach.
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  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    When it comes to traveling, fewer lenses are almost always better in my experience. The extra reach and slightly higher sharpness is nice, but I think you'll find that if you keep the 45-200, you won't be using it all that much (can always crop the 140 if you need a bit more 'reach'). I'd return it and put the money towards something else...

  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    I have both, and can't remember the last time I used the 45-200. That doesn't mean I'll never use it, though. There are certainly situations where the 140 isn't long enough. I just rarely want to carry both. If I know I'm going to be in a situation where I'll want more reach (wildlife?), I'll take the 45-200 with me.
  5. I would struggle to justify carrying the both with me. The 14-140mm effectively is my telephoto lens, and after looking through my "keepers" from the year to date it turns out that I only went over 100mm twice. I really should sell my 45-200mm.
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  6. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Agree with all above...ditched the 45-200mm I had...if more reach is needed, consider the 100-300mm.
  7. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
  8. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
    Larry Anderson
    Buy your self a nice bag and just keep both lenses :)  Nothing wrong with a little more glass!
  9. db96

    db96 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Central Indiana
    Thank you everyone!
    Lens goes back and the money goes toward a new iPad. :smile:
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  10. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    I tried the 45-200 for a few days and determined that the 14-140 gave me better images and that I very rarely need focal length beyond the 280mm equivalent of the 14-140. Yep... I returned the 45-200 and still love the 14-140.
  11. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I must have gotten a bad copy, because I was never happy with the 14-140 I owned. Unless it was really stopped down it was just average, especially in the corners. The 45-200 I had was very good. It was better at 200mm than the 14-140 at 140. And I think the two lens kit is lighter than the 14-140 alone.

  12. Shade

    Shade Mu-43 Regular

    May 30, 2012
    Personally it's TOO overlapping for me.

    I'd rather have the 14-140 and the 75-300 if you MUST have something over 140.
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