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Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by indiehouse, Apr 18, 2013.
Just picked up a GH3. Any lens recommendations that are must haves?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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)
12-35 is a good start.
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