Is there one lens solution to cover 12-100 equivlent?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by CX5, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. CX5

    CX5 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    I have Panasonic GX7 with kit 14-42 lens. But for traveling, I would like to have one lens to cover 12mm-approx 100mm focal length. I understand that I can buy 45-150 lens but sometimes it is not convenient to change lens when you are in a hurry, or in a very dusty conditions.

    I was thinking of either buy Panasonic 12-35 and add tele converter to reach further or buy Panasonic 14-140 and add wide converter lens.
    Is this feasible option in image quality and does this make sense to you? Or my real option is to get two lens to cover these focal length?

    supportive comments will be really appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. Ultbruin

    Ultbruin Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 30, 2013
    I say get the 14-140mm.
  3. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    Tempe, AZ
    While not a direct answer for use with the GX7, the Sony RX10 does it all. Maybe not for you, but it is an alternative.
  4. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Depending on the travel destination, but I would most likely take the 12-35 2.8 instead of something like a 14-140. The 2.8 aperture will offer me more lattitude during the day through the night, I prefer this over the longer range. YMMV.
  5. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    What teleconverter are you talking about to use with the Pana 12-35?

  6. CX5

    CX5 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    Thank you all. Canon has 58mm tele converter but only 1.4 times. I do not want cheap ones on eBay. Wondering if anyone actually tried with tele converter?
  7. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Or get the Olympus Stylus1 & it would be like using a 14-150 f2.8 lens in a very compact form. It gives nice results, works very well & is beautifully liberating.
  8. Kilauea

    Kilauea Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2012
    There is also the option to adapt the Oly 12-60.
  9. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    And if you add the 1.4 TC you get out to 85 mm. It is a great lens but heavy.
  10. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Me, too, although I'd like it to be a little longer. Maybe 12-200mm? :)

    My current travel solution is the 14-140mm and the 9-18mm. I also travel with two bodies, so on a day where I expect to need the full range I can choose to carry both lenses ready to shoot. Or not, depending on how much weight I feel like lugging.

    In Africa a couple of years ago I carried the 14-140mm and the 100-300mm, both on bodies. But we were mostly in game drive vehicles so I had my bag on the seat next to me, could swap easily, and didn't have to carry the weight.

    Maybe it's the 9-300mm that I want!
  11. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    If we're limiting ourselves to a single Panasonic micro four-thirds body, the 14-140 makes the most sense. And the 14-140 with 100-300 makes a fantastic travel duo if we think we're really going to need strong telephoto capability.

    But if if one is willing to consider a smaller sensor, wants maximum flexibility and simply doesn't want to change lenses, then one can't do much better than the Olympus Stylus 1. 28-300mm equivalent at a constant aperture of f/2.8. High-quality EVF and the entire kit is jacket pocketable when powered down. $699.
  12. Two cameras (second needn't cost as much as the first)...
  13. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've certainly been getting nice results with mine.
  14. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

    With the Lack of Long telephoto lenses beyond the Panasonic 100-300mm lens, I am surprised that no one produces a µ4/3 Tele-Converter.
  15. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    There's got to be enough fast glass yet in the longer focal lengths. Once the 150mm f2.8 lens comes, it might be worth it, but a 300mm f4 lens with a 1.4 X TC still won't be all that bright.
  16. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    The problem with tele converters with the current m43 long lenses is that they're too slow. You put a 1.4x on a 5.6 lens, and you're at f/8; with a 2x you're at f/11. That's too dark for autofocus to work reliably. With a 2.8 lens you would be at f/4 and f/5.6, which is fine for AF.

    This is is one place the Nikon 1 system has an advantage: AF, AE and VR using the FT1 adaptor and any AF-S lens, and a 2.7 crop. So the Nikon 70-300/3.5-5.6 gains the FOV of a 189-810/3.5-5.6 with full automation (although only only AF spot).
  17. CX5

    CX5 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    thank you all for your great responses.
  18. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I shoot Olympus but I love my 14-150mm for travel. If I could take only one lens, it would be that. It also gets used for events which I have to shoot as part of my job. To me if you need wider than 14mm, shoot multiple shots and stick them together later.
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