GH3 Lens Recommendations

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by indiehouse, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. indiehouse

    indiehouse New to Mu-43

    Apr 17, 2013
    Just picked up a GH3. Any lens recommendations that are must haves?
  2. brlowe

    brlowe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 2, 2011
    Boise, ID
    I really like my 12-35 and 7-14. Those 2 get a lot of use. I also have the 35-100 and 100-300 that I like a lot too.
  3. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    12-35 & 35-100

    I've used many lens. What I'm finding is that the new 12-35 & 35-100 fill most of your needs. While definitely not the least expensive, these two would cost you less that the sum of all the other lens you would probably purchase in time.

    You get what you pay for - no substitute for good piece of glass!
  4. indiehouse

    indiehouse New to Mu-43

    Apr 17, 2013
    I've really been eyeing the 12-35, but also some nice primes (Voigtlander 25mm, Oly 45mm, Oly 75mm, etc.)

    Do you feel having a few nice primes would be overkill coupled with a 12-35?
  5. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Are you shooting video? Get some nice old manual lenses. You could buy lenses to cover all circumstances for the price of a 12-35. Sharpness is not so much of an issue when shooting video, plus older lenses are actually designed to be focused manually.

    If you're a stills guy, then pretty much all the prime lenses (there are a lot of them) available for the system are good. Except maybe the 17mm f/2.8 isn't that great, and the 20mm f/1.7 apparently produces noise at high ISOs with newer bodies. From reading reviews I get the impression that the 12-35, while good, is rather overpriced for what you get. Consider that when I sold my DSLR and got into m43, I also sold my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for about £240. Best lens I ever owned. Can't imagine paying three times as much for something that performs at about the same level. Of course if it's worth it you then it's worth it.
  6. indiehouse

    indiehouse New to Mu-43

    Apr 17, 2013
    That's what I'm trying to sort out, what lenses are worth the money.

    I shoot both stills and video, which is why I decided to invest in the GH3. I would, of course, shoot video manually. I like the idea of having an autofocus option, though, for stills.

    My initial thought was to pick up a used 12-35, for around 900, for stills and a little video. Then, pick up a few used primes specifically for video. I've heard good things about the Voigtlander 25mm, as well as the Rokinon cine lenses and the Oly 75mm. I've also heard the Nikkor 35 and 50 were nice for video, as well as some of the Canon FD stuff. I really like the cinematic look for stuff I shoot.

    Curious to know what you guys think? Is my plan overkill? Should I approach this differently? I am not a rich man by any means, but I appreciate the 'buy nice, not twice' mantra. I would love to hear your thoughts/recommendations.
  7. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Well I this is what I use for my lens
    25mm 0.95 for low light/indoor
    12-35 and 35-100mm for general/gun and run (IS is really helpful)
    50mm and 85mm manual prime for more bokeh/compression
    20mm and 14mm for everyday snaps ( I got a big leather pouch that can fit GH3+ pancakes)
  8. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    12-35 is a good start.
  9. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    12-35, 35-100, and the new yet-to-be released 42.5 are on my list. 12-35 & 35-100 are nice and weather sealed to match the GH3
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