Need some zoom for my G3

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jarola, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Jarola

    Jarola Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    Tampa FL
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    I currently have the 14/2.5 and 20/1.7 lenses that I use with my G3. I am thinking I need an all around zoom lens to add to my kit. I was considering the 45-200 but with the 2x crop factor, maybe that is too long...

    I am even thinking about the 14-45 kit lens. Maybe I should trade my 14mm for the 14-45mm?

    Of course, the cheaper the better.

    Any help is appreciated.

  2. sin77

    sin77 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 9, 2011
    Maybe u could consider 45-175x.
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I would get the Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II (the Mark II version is CDAF optimized and will AF faster on your camera than the original version) along with a 4/3-to-m4/3 adapter, or else wait for the new Lumix X 35-100mm f/2.8 to arrive (or the Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 of course, but it sounds like you're leaning more to a telephoto zoom). Anything else would be too slow for a general purpose zoom in my opinion. Micro Four-Thirds only has lenses of decent grade and lens speed in the primes so far... We don't have many worthwhile zooms yet in native mount except maybe the Lumix 7-14mm f/4 Ultra-Wide Angle (which of course isn't useful for everybody!).
  4. Herb

    Herb Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 16, 2011

    I have the Leica 4/3 14-45 and find it really great if you prefer manual focus. Autofocus is slow, but ok for static subjects, not a good lens for sports, but very good IQ
  5. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
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    I'd say trade the 14mm for a kit zoom. You only give away about a stop of speed at the wide end and you get a good all round range for a lot of subjects. It's fast enough for most daylight use and is stabilised for static subjects in less than ideal light. It depends on how much you like and/or use the 14mm though.