Looking for lens recommendations for GH3 -- specific use cases

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by KHuang, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. KHuang

    KHuang New to Mu-43

    Jul 9, 2013
    Hi all,

    I'm looking for advice on lenses.

    I just picked up a Panasonic GH3, but am not sure I want to go and spend on the 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses, especially since I am new to cameras. Instead, I'd rather pick up 1 or 2 more budget lenses, at the very least until I get a hang of what I'm doing.

    Budget is under $1,000.

    Here are my 3 use cases -- note that I need both still and video:

    - Product photography for an online store -- sizewise ranging from an iPhone case up to large duffel/travel bags. Both traditional product photography and lifestyle shots. I'll be buying proper lighting, tripod, etc.

    - Video for the store -- think fashion-ish shoots / lifestyle shoots featuring products same size as above. Possibly some interviews as well.

    - General personal use for travel, street photography, etc.

    Have been considering the panasonic 14-45mm and 20 f1.7 prime, together costing me $600-700. However, not sure if my products will be too small for the 14-45mm to cut it for all my use cases above...

    Alternatively, I went to a camera store today and they recommended the 14-140mm to cover all my bases.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

  2. deejayvee

    deejayvee Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
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    I would recommend the 14-140 + the 20/1.7.

    The 14-140 will cover most situations. When you need low-light, use the 20.

    That should keep you covered until you have a better idea of what you will need.