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

    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
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    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

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    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

    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. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    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 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
  8. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
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    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

    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
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    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.
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    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.