Finishing up my kit for a projected "long time".....

D7k1

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After adding my second G9, I am finally looking to add lenses whose focal range I already have covered. In my Gx85 travel kit I have the Oly 9-18mm and the Pany 35-100 f4/5.6 but I am looking at getting either the 7-14 f4 & 35-100mm f2.8 (don't mind changing lenses, but would most likely just carry two bodies) or the Oly 12-100 f4.

In the wide category I have the 7.5 FE, the Oly, and the 14 + GWC1 (11mm) so the 7-14 really appeals to me. With the 12-35, 35-100 f4/5.6 and PL100-400 I have the other ranges covered but here in the NW the f2.8 especially in the woods would be nice. I won't sell the 9-18 & 35-100 f4/5.6 because if and when I fly again they are my travel kit for city work with the Gx85.

Having the 7-14, 12-35, 35-100, and PL100-400 seems to be a nice selection especially since I shoot with two bodies. The convenience of the 12-100 f4 Oly has some allure for me but I keep thinking the 12-35/35-100 f2.8's have a real benefits to the images here in the dark. I will probably buy used, and if so I'd probably get the 7-14 in Feb and the 35-100 in June in time for getting out again (hopefully having the "shot" by then), where as the 12-100 would probably have to be purchased in July/Aug time frame.

What would you do?
 
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The 7-14 f/4 size fits really nice on a GX-85

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What would I do?
I would keep the city kit. For the moment.
For serious photography,
I would go with the 2 G9’s and the 12-35, 35-100 2.8’s. Add a honking big flash, like as big as you can get.
That would do me fine.... :)
Maybe get the 100-400 if I had a chance too. Just to complete the kit.
You lucky man!
 

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I guess it depends on how happy you are with your 35-100/4-5.6, 9-18/4-5.6, and how much you use those two focal lengths. I have no experience with the 35-100 but had the 9-18 and wasn't particularly happy with it. CA was pretty bad with my Panasonic bodies, the corners were soft or smeared, and the build quality seemed sketchy (reports of internal ribbon cable failures, plus my lens would often have to be re-closed/opened before the camera would detect that it was ready to shoot). So I swapped it out with the Panasonic 8-18 which is, IMO, a better performing lens but I do miss the 9-18's small size/weight. The 7-14/4 sounds like a good choice if you're ok with not using screw-in filters. I sometimes think about swapping the 8-18 for a Laowa 7.5/2 but I doubt that'll happen.

The 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 are the staples of my kit (whether at home or traveling) and I'm a 2-camera shooter (GX9 and G9). For ME, I'd prioritize having a great telezoom over a superwide zoom because of my shooting habits, and the 35-100/2.8 has always been a great performer and I love its compact size. I've often considered the 12-100/4 but I often have a camera in my hand or strapped to my chest for long periods of time and would not like the weight and bulk of the 12-100. I'm happier to have a smaller camera+lens combo and to have the other camera & lenses in a bag on my back or waist.
 

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Since you shoot in low light, I would go with the 12-35/2.8 + 35-100/2.8.

The 12-100/4 is really convenient, but you lose a stop of light compared to the f/2.8 lenses.
Can you afford to lose that stop? If you can, then go with the 12-100. If you can't then go with the f/2.8 lenses.​
For me, the 12-100 is just big and heavy enough to NOT be a GP lens. Carrying the 12-100 is like carrying my dSLR again, big and heavy.
The 12-100 shines when I am shooting something where I don't want to be changing lenses back and forth between the 12-40 and 40-150, or swapping between two bodies.

It is nice to have both (the f/2.8 lenses and the 12-100), so that you can pick whichever lens best meets the need for the particular shoot.

As for the 7-14, I plead ignorance, as I don't have anything wider than 12mm.
But the 7-14 + 35-100/2.8 sounds like a nice combo.
 

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I have no experience with the 35-100 but had the 9-18 and wasn't particularly happy with it. CA was pretty bad with my Panasonic bodies, the corners were soft or smeared, and the build quality seemed sketchy (reports of internal ribbon cable failures, plus my lens would often have to be re-closed/opened before the camera would detect that it was ready to shoot).

There must be some sample variation in the 9-18. Using a comparison with my 7.5 and 12-35 I could see some difference at the very edges, but even in HighRes images it did very nicely. Never had any other issues using the gx85/Gx8/G9's in over 7K of images.
 

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Thanks for the input all. It is amazing but I had forgotten one thing in my analysis. I shoot 60/40 stills vs video and dual IS is really important in handheld video as is the f2.8 many times. So I have decided and am going for the 7-14/35-100 additions. The only lenses I have that I haven't mentioned are the 60 Oly and the 75-300 II (again a travel lens). I hope to get 4 or 5 years before I upgrade my cameras again as I am most happy when I am shooting and not shopping:).

Since I don't list my gear in my sig this is (@71) perhaps my forever kit:

Team A: 2 G9's and then 7-14,12-35, 35-100, and Pl100-400 zooms, 7.5, 14mm/GWC1 (stays in a LowPRO top loader with a G9 and the 100-400 birding setup) and the Oly 60mm (which next to the 100-400 is my favorite lens) primes.

Team B (travel): Gx85, 9-18, 35-100 f4/5.6, 75-300II

On average I shoot about 10K images a year (not counting BIF images which add at least another 10K) and use everyone of my lenses. Are there other lens my GAS would like sure, but the Oly 300 f4, the Pany 50-200 & 200 are lenses that would be nice to have but I don't really "need" for just posting on this forum. Perhaps I'd add a fast set of primes someday, but I'm afraid I'd never use them. The primes I now have are all special use lenses and do what I need.

FF is never going to be for me because 50% of my stuff is wildlife and seeing my friends struggles with his D500/500 f4 setup has just reinforced the M43 advantage for me. Perhaps a Gh6 or "real video" camera might be in my future but so far the G9's have fulfilled all my wants as well as needs.
 

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Remember with the Olympus lenses, you have to rely on the Panasonic IBIS for IS.
Only a few of the Olympus lenses have OIS, and they won't do dual IS on the Panasonic camera.

I would like to suggest the addition of a moderately fast prime, for low light indoors.
I figured I would be using it indoors, where a wide would be more useful than a normal, hence the 17 over a 25.
I have a 17/1.8. Panasonic should have a similar lens.
 

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Well since I use everyone of my lens, no not like of collection of things I don't use. I only use my travel kit when I travel, but I often shoot 3 or 4K images in a week on a photo shoot.

Doing more and more video, so the better dual IS of the f2.8 35-100 and the consistent f4 of the 7-14 I think will get lots of use in the Northwest in final analysis over the 12-100 (also I realized that since I am a multiple body users there is no real advantage in an all in one lens). I often do long shoots and have all three cameras with setup for specific things - like establishing shots for the 12-35, wildlife for the 100-400, and macro on the Gx85. All of my gear is setup in "kit bags" so I can grab and go.

At least once a week I spend 5-8 hours doing wildlife at a local area and can easily shoot 300 or so separate images and perhaps an hour of video ( of often use my jeep as a hide and have several cameras on tripods shooting out of the back.
 

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@D7k1 An easy upgrade would be to get the PL 12-60 f2.8-4.0 . I was similar to you having a P 12-35, which I liked very much, but always wished it had more reach. The 12-60 fits the bill perfectly. It might seem that the 12-100 fits it even more perfectly, but it is much too large for my taste. The 12-60 is only slightly larger than the 12-35 and weighs the same. I think it is probably a better lens than the 12-35 and I can live with the variable aperture.
 
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