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Lenses for my Gx8

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by D7k1, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2013
    I currently have Pany 14mm with GWC1, Sigma 30, 14-42 II & 40-140 Oly, 75-300 II Oly.

    I also use my Tamron 90 and Nikon 300 with tc 1.4/1.7 adapted.

    I bought the Gx8 for video (mostly on a tripod), but would like to have some lenses that can do DFD/combo IS. Budget is somewhat weak at the moment and I need to keep the above lenses for my EP5 travel stuff.

    So here is what the budget ($850) will allow:

    1. Pany 12-35 (used or gray market - will Panasonic fix a gray market lens (or like Nikon refuse even for a paid repair?)

    2. Pany 14-140 II (I have Mercallli 4.0 so I am not worried about report video micro jitters)

    3. Pany 12-32 & 30-100 f4-5.6 (How much better optically is this than the 14-140 II?)

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  2. deacon

    deacon Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 7, 2015
    Deacon
    I may not be the best to give advice since I don't have any experience with most of the lenses... but the constant aperture of the 12-35 seems like a big plus if video is your focus.
     
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  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    If you were going to get the 12-35 f2.8, you could sell the 14-42mm and the Sigma 30. If you were going to get the 14-140mm, you could sell both the 14-42mm and the 40-150mm. They may not be worth a ton on the used market, but every little bit helps, no?

    The 12-35/2.8 shares high honours with the 12-40mm as being a truly pro lens and having very sharp output, as well as the constant aperture, as deacon says. But the 14-140mm is still quite good, and extremely flexible as long as you're not shooting in low-light.

    So I'd say you can't go wrong with either of those two, and it entirely depends on what kind of shooting you most commonly do.
     
  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you can give up a stop, the 12-32 could replace the 14mm f2.5, GWC1 and 14-42 Oly and still leave you with a nice wide travel pancake for your E-P5. Likewise 35-100 4-5.6 (or the Panasonic 45-150) are very good and compact lenses that could replace your 40-150mm zoom. It honestly makes more sense to replace those with OIS lenses than to add something similar to your kit.

    The 14-140 also makes a lot of sense as a video lens, but of course it means you always have a bigger lens on the camera, whereas with a 12-32 or 14-42 you can take a small lens when you don't need the reach. The older 14-140 is on clearance for $299 at B&H right now, so maybe that's worth a look if you don't mind a little extra weight vs the II version.

    12-35mm doesn't seem like it adds a ton to your kit since you have 11/14mm f2.5 and 30mm f2.8 with your primes and you said you don't want to lose their size for travel.
     
  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    FWIW, the older 14-140 doesn't have the dual IS firmware update yet. It might be 6 months or more till it arrives.
     
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I guess no guarantee it ever arrives, is there?
     
  7. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 18, 2013
    Thanks all, kind of a tough call for me. Have a few months before the piggy bank is ready. I think the Pany 14 and Sigma would work for morning and evening sweet light and they are so small that I just put them in my pocket. I'll be so glad when all of my buying is totally done, gets in the way of imaging.
     
  8. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Pretty sure Panasonic will fix an out-of-warranty lens without requiring proof of authorized retailer. Olympus will, I know, as I bought an EM10 used which I've had to have repaired.
     
  9. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Either way, I still think if you like the Oly 14-42 and 40-150mm, you'll like the Panasonic equivalents just as much or more. So it would make sense just to just swap those for OIS versions from Panasonic.
     
  10. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    If I could have only one lens, it would be the 14-14mm Mk II. Its versatility is unmatched and it's significantly lighter and slightly more compact than the Mk. 1.
     
  11. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    It is also parfocal lens - retains focus point when changing focal distance.
     
  12. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    They did publish a list with timelines:

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-gx8/panasonic-gx8A.HTM

    The only lenses that are guaranteed to not get support for dual IS are the 14-45mm, the 50-200mm, and 100-300mm. The old HD 14-140mm should be getting its update in February.