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Lens question.

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by riada22, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. riada22

    riada22 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Edinburgh Scotland
    Jim
    I have recently bought the Panasonic DMC-G3 with the 14 to 42mm and the 45 to 200mm lens. What if any other lens would you suggest, bearing in mind that I do a lot of photography around Edinburgh, which has loads of architecture and water etc. I mainly use the 200 when I go out in the surrounding countryside. I am very pleased with what I have at the moment but not sure if I need a run around lens, all suggestions will be gladly accepted.
     
  2. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord

    Nov 4, 2010
    Globetrotter
    Andrew
    A wider zoom perhaps to compliment your current lenses? oly 9-18 panny 7-14 or some primes to have a (faster) walk around lens...? 14/2.5 12/2 or a samyang 7.5 for that wide end fix.

    ...or if funds is flowing, sell the kit lens (14-42) and get the panny 12-35/2.8 instead - the kit is underrated but you'd want to get the best gear you can (who wouldnt...?)

    If i were in your shoes id wait out on the oly 12-40 lens and see what it can do.

    Regardless of what you get, im sure you'll have fun using them! Goodluck and dont forget to post some photos with the new gear!
     
  3. riada22

    riada22 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Edinburgh Scotland
    Jim
    Thanks for quick reply, plenty to look at there.
     
  4. Loonylumix

    Loonylumix Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 30, 2012
    England
    It has to be the 12-35
    F/2.8 with IS... essential lens for that camera
    I don`t use anything else at the moment!
     
  5. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    12-35/2.8 - faster aperture and weather sealed for the frequently overcast and drizzly Scottish weather!
     
  6. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    What is your budget, and what do you define as a "run around" lens? I would have suggested something like the Olympus 12mm when you mentioned architecture and the countryside, but you mentioned that you were mostly shooting at 200mm, so it might help to know a bit more about your FL preferences.

    --Ken
     
  7. riada22

    riada22 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Edinburgh Scotland
    Jim
    I don't have a big budget that's why i'm looking at something along the lines of the 14/2.5, it's mainly for carrying about the city when i'm uptown.
     
  8. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    The 14 is a nice small lens, but it is only slightly faster than your 14-42 at the wide end. Unless you need a smaller lens, or your 14-42 is soft at 14, your gain is not that significant.

    --Ken
     
  9. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    Something for nighttime/indoors perhaps like 20mm/1.7 or 14mm/2.5.
     
  10. Blastop

    Blastop Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    The 14/2.5 didn't do a lot for me. It's cheap, but its main advantage is size. I would look at something like the Olympus 45mm or Panasonic 20mm. For me, I really love having a fast portrait lens and I use it constantly.
     
  11. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    It's great for nighttime architecture that can be managed handheld.
     
  12. riada22

    riada22 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Edinburgh Scotland
    Jim
    Thanks to all for replying I will consider all options.
     
  13. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    Hi

    yes, I was going to ask the OP the same question.
    personally with quite a number of lenses to use I keep coming back to the 14-45 as a great all purpose lens (and yes, I have the 14mm too)

    With the G3 its not like it suddenly becomes pocketable, and I happen to prefer the versatility of the 14-45 on my GF1 too ... unless I'm absolutely needing to put it into the backpack side pocket.

    I have the 9-18 OM lens and find it a bit bulky, but the image quality is great. Also I often carry a 28mm f2.8 OM legacy lens using an adaptor. Its great too.

    so what do you mean by a run around lens?
     
  14. riada22

    riada22 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 23, 2013
    Edinburgh Scotland
    Jim
    I have purchased the 14 2.5 and I'm happy that I did. I did not have a large budget so opted for that and also it is a lot easier to carry around town on a day out. Thanks to all that made suggestions and gave advice. The way I see it is that it didn't cost the earth and it will be my starting point as I am only a novice at this photography lark.
    I will try and post a photo for your comments.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66768134@N05/9737953136/
     
  15. 00r101

    00r101 Mu-43 Regular

    56
    Jan 21, 2012
    What about a ultra wide angle or a fisheye? The Samyang / Rokinon / Bower 7.5 mm fisheye is cheap (about $250-300 US) and lots of fun. It is a manual lens which can be fun too. Or another reasonable priced lens is the Sigma 60mm (faster than your zoom at that length and smaller to boot ($200 US)