GX1 lens recomendatios?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by retroglide, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Firstly hello as this is my first.
    I'm hoping to join the Micro 4/3 scene next by by purchasing the GX1 but I'm in a predicament with regards to best lens choices. My initial thought was the 14-42x for walkabout and the Panasonic 100-300 with the hope of perhaps catching some birds at some point. Although I'm tempted by the 45-200 or 45-175. As a complete newcomer to this area of photography could anyone shed some light as to IQ that these lenses would give being either good or bad. Thanks in advance for any reply.
  2. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
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    If size is important, the 14-42X is a winner. Unfortunately, it also seems to have a flaw at the 42mm end that yields double-images at certain intermediate shutter speeds. So there's a tradeoff (the regular 14-42 does not have this issue).

    The 45-175X has a similar issue, though it's less common whereas the 45-200 and 100-300 do not suffer from this, but both are significantly larger, especially the 100-300.

    I'd suggest holding waiting on the telephoto zoom until after you've gotten acquainted with the camera and know what size lenses you're comfortable with, particularly if you don't get the EVF for the GX1 (i.e. you are holding the camera at arms length when shooting).

    Good luck!

  3. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Thanks, forgot to mention the EVF was also top of my list. Will hold of getting something bigger and see how things go with the 14-42. Many thanks.
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The 45-200 is the best bang for the buck in the entire lineup IMHO.

    It's pretty small for a 90-400 equivalent lens
  5. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    The Olympus 40-150 is pretty cheap and much smaller than the Panasonic options when on sale or closeout. No IS but if you are trying to catch birds you wouldn't want to use IS anyway.

    300 equiv is a bit short, but I think 400 equiv is a bit short too.
  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    If you're going to get a kit lens then I would suggest seeing if you can find a Panasoninc 14-45, it's the best of the kit lenses. The 45-200 is a terrific lens and if you need a long zoom. I think it is the best affordable option for a long zoom (I prefer it to the Olympus 40-150). Have you considered getting any primes? Lenses like the Panasonic 14, 20 and Olympus 45 are are outstanding!
  7. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I currently have the 14-45 (got rid of 14-42X as not happy with it), 25mm f1.4 (swapped 14-42+20mm for it - better lens in all senses) and have 45-175X (jury still out but seriously considering going back to 45-200).

    This covers the main focal lengths that I use and the GX1 is a worthy update from the GF1 but benefits from quality optics.

    I have to say that I am very dissapointed with the "X" lenses currently available and just hope the next range of lenses are of a higher quality for still photos.
  8. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Many thanks for the prompt replies, the 14-45 and 45-200 seem to be a good choice then. Just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, how would the GX1 fare up against the likes of a NEX-7 18-55 & 55-210 setup?
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    If I wanted a camera for manual focus with high quality glass I would probably choose the NEX because of its amazing sensor and focus peaking features alone. I think the 5n is a terrific camera and mated up to something like a Summicron-C 40/2 or Pen-F 40/1.4 )r even my Hexanon 24/2.8) would be really fun. BUT...a camera is not simply a sensor. I prefer the handling and UI of my m43 stuff over the NEX cameras I've played with and I think they have a better selection of high quality native glass. I'd say the O12/2, P20/1.7, PL25/1.4 and O45/1.8 are better than anything Sony currently has for the NEX.
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  10. PiterM

    PiterM Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    I got GX1 recently and all I'm going to use with it is 12/2, 20/1.7 (on the way), 45/1.8

    Sometimes during summer vacation I'll put my 9-18 on it for ultra WA shots, but 12/2 is just so good for shooting family that I keep it on GX1 most of time.
  11. retroglide

    retroglide Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    Yup, I must admit the NEX choice of E mount lenses does seem limited. And even regardless of spec there is actually something I really like about the GX1. I have recently sold my Nikon gear as the size/weight and shear boldness of walking about with a huge lump of DSLR was becoming a chore for me. Let along the size of the bags I needed. Hence the appeal of the GX1. I could walk about with it and be more discreet.
  12. speltrong

    speltrong Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Northern California
    100-300 is very awkward on a rangefinder body like the GX1, and is fairly limited in use and usability - I'd stick with 200 max for your GX1 and get a G3 or GH2, the 100-300 and a good tripod if you ever get really serious about birding.

    I'm a prime snob (except for my beloved 7-14), so I'd recommend the 20, 25, or one of the 45s, depending on what you like to shoot and how much you're willing to spend. The 20 is actually a very versatile walkabout lens and a good match physically for the GX1.
  13. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
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    Welcome here!

    I guess the 12 2.0 and 25 1.4, furthermore 45 2.8 are the most wanted for almost everyone, but to start off with, a 14 2.5 and a standard zoom 14-42 MSC II are what I'm using and quite satisfied with.