Is the Panny 14-140 the best vacation lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Rhelbling, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Rhelbling

    Rhelbling Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    I am heading out to Napa in a couple of months and wanted to get the best walk around, do everything lens for my G5. I have mostly read about the Panny 14-140m, but I am open to suggestions.

  2. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Yes IMHO. I probably have 50,000 miles on mine.

    Supplement it with the 9-18 and you will be a happy guy.
  3. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 21, 2012
    Vacation lens can be anything you want, so if you like superzooms then you do have 3 options, the Panasonic, Olympus, and Tamron variations. I personally hate superzooms so Ill take primes or fast zoom with limited range.
  4. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    If you don't want to change lenses then yes. However, the 14-42 or 14-45 with the 45-150 or 45-175 is lighter, cheaper and better IQ. You can also leave the longer lens behind when you don't need it or leave in a pocket/bag and have a much lighter camera to shoot with. The 14-140 is one pound on its own.

  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Yes it's a good lens but as noted heavy for m4/3.

    Other options:
    • Oly 14-150 - same range no OIS
    • Tamron 14-150 not released yet, price/quality still ?
    • Pan 14 and some zoom to 150/175/200 Which is what I will be doing. The 14-45 range is something I find I can foot zoom / crop around.
    • Oly 12-50. a little wider than the kit/zooms, a little longer than the standard kits and with macro ability.
  6. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    If you're going to be shooting two bodies, this is worth considering.

    I started with almost what kwalsh is recommending, but with the 45-200, using them on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. What I found was that for many outdoor subjects 45mm is too long. Changing lenses is at best a hassle and at worst will cause you to miss the shot. The outdoors is not always warm, dry, and sunny. Sometimes it is wet and cold or windy and dusty, not desirable environments for changing lenses.

    When I returned from that trip I sold the two and got more money than the 14-140mm cost me. I've never regretted the decision.
  7. Tapper

    Tapper Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    Hmm, you have a G5. In that case, if you want a big range zoom with long tele reach then 14-140 is probably a good choice. I don't know how large the lens is, probably pretty big, so factor that in as well.

    If you had an OMD and didn't need very long reach I would say the 12-50, since it's weather sealed like the OMD.
  8. jar

    jar Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 25, 2012
    The 14-150 is lighter and much cheaper if you buy a Cameta refurb for $330. You give up OIS, but a superzoom is a bright outside sunlight lens for me anyway. 14-150 + a fast prime for low light is a perfect travel combo. I like the PL25, but the P20 or O17/1.8 would be good choices also.
  9. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    That's what I would do, makes things simple and gives you a lot of range if you are out and about. I would also bring a faster wide prime, if you know you will be indoors and not using a flash.

  10. xxjorelxx

    xxjorelxx Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 11, 2012
    MD, USA
    I've replaced my P14-42mm and P45-200mm with the P14-140mm and have been very happy with it. But I must admit, just like others have stated, this lens is pretty heavy. I was expecting it to be closure to the weight of the 45-200mm but I dont mind since I prefer carrying one lens instead of two. If you dont mind the extra weight, then it should be more than adequate.
  11. wallyrulz

    wallyrulz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 12, 2011
  12. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Had the P14-140mm, but sold it. However, if I had kept my G5, I might have held onto the 14-140, too. It's a heavy lens for this system, so it's unwieldy on anything but the biggest grips. Currently, I have the X combo (14-42mmX and 45-175mmX), which I prefer for travel, especially if I also toss in the 14/2.5 and/or 20/1.7 for low light situations. It makes for a very small and very light system. Depending on where you are going, you can often get away with just the 14-42x and 20/1.7 for extreme size without much compromise. I guess it comes down to how much changing lenses bothers you.

    Heck, for some, the 35-100/2.8 with maybe a fast, wide prime would be enough.
  13. frank2

    frank2 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    I have been going through a similar analysis to the OP. I have decided to wait for the Tamron. It's much lighter than the P14-140 which weighs 460g compared to 280g for the Tamron. I hope the IQ is good.
  14. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I took one with me to the UK this past summer. Is it in the same league as the 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8 that I didn't have at the time? No, but the one I've got is quite good and exceptionally convenient. There's no reason to do this with m4/3 (IMO), but if I had to have a two-lens kit for travel it would probably be the 7-14/4 and the 14-140.
  15. Rhelbling

    Rhelbling Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    Wow thanks for all of the responses!! I really appreciate the insight. I looked at the Oly 14-150, but I wasn't sure about not having the OIS. Like I said, I am new to photography and these systems, so I am just trying to figure out what direction to go in. I currently have the kit 14-42 and the P14-175, however when I was away in October, it wasn't very convenient to switch lenses on the fly when I am trying to get the shot. And as mentioned, the weather doesn't always cooperate.
  16. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    If you value not needing to change lenses over quality, maybe. Vacations are where most of my best photographs happen. So that's where the best glass comes out. My ideal holiday set is 12-35, 7-14, and 100-300 if there be animals. And the 20/1.7 and 45/.1.8 until I upgrade to the 25 and the 75.

    Strokes for folks.
  17. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    I never returned from somewhere lamenting that I had brought my better lenses with me.
  18. String

    String Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2012
    Been to Napa a few times (although I was using a DSLR then) and I never found a need or a want for a telephoto there; it's wine country where wide rules the day. Throw in something with decent close focus and you'll be golden.

    My personal choice for that trip would be the P 12-35 and a fast prime for some of the indoor winery shots, probably the P 25 1.4.

    Of course thats more $ but you could go with the 14-42 and supplement a fast prime in for low light and then I'd recommend the 25 1.4.
  19. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Answer is the same as which adult diapers are best: "Depends."

    Personally, I rarely use the 14-140 outside of lit jobs (stage performances, product demonstration vids, etc). Vacations are "prime time"... I don't have to rush setups and, because we're often out at night or indoors, don't have to worry about my lens being too slow. It's a time for risk-taking and experimentation... lots of fisheyes, pinholes, and other silliness.

    I might bring a few, but limit myself to two lenses (a short lens and long lens) on any given day... say, CV 17.5 and Summicron-R 90, 7-14 and a fast 50, PL25 and a 135 prime... or whatever.

    But of course, it all depends where we're going and who's going with us. Right now we're taking mostly family and vista photos, so I'm largely in wide-angle country.
  20. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    My ideal holiday/travel set would be the 7-14, 12-35, 35-100 and possibly the 100-300 if I expected really long views. The other side of what you and I just outlined, though, plays like this:

    "Oh, oh, oh, the shot of a lifetime...wait, I need to change lenses, I hope nothing changes while I do that..." :frown:
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