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Newbie has body but no lens (yet)

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by kenhreed, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. kenhreed

    kenhreed Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 22, 2011
    I was just given a Panasonic G1 body. I have Pentax lens and an adapter but I'd like to get a lens that was made for the camera. I shoot street scenes and portraits. What would be the first lens that you would buy?

    p.s. I'm a fan of primes over slow telephotos and am willing to "zoom with my feet."
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  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Most folks will say 20/1.7. And I have to agree it's a great first step as a fast prime for street work.
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  3. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    For portraiture you need a short tele lens. The only native ones would be the Panasonic 45mm f2.8 which is also a macro or the Olympus 45mm f1.8. A good standard lens would be 25mm and there is the Panasonic f1.4 and the Voigtlander f.95. The reviews on the Voigtlander are very good but the lens is expensive and hard to find. It is on my list to get.
  4. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    If it was to be me, I'd get the 14/2.5 cause its more wide-angle and I've never regret getting it as my first lens.
  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011

    I'd also take a serious look at the m.ZD 45/f1.8 - the 20mm and 45mm would make a fantastic two-prime kit :smile:
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  6. mrjoshua

    mrjoshua Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 18, 2011
    I use the Panasonic 14mm and the Olympus 45mm primes on my GF2 and they work well for me.


  7. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I'd agree with nick. 20mm & 45mm imo is a must have. I have the 14mm/25mm/45mm. And imo, in the end, these three lens will be the lens you should have. And its basically just up to you what distance do you usually take photos from.
  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I recently picked up the Oly 17mm because they are so cheap on the 2nd hand market. Initially I thought it would be too similar to the Panasonic 20mm that I love, but it's crazy how different it is and I really like the way it renders an image. I wouldn't rule this out by a long shot if you're looking to save some cash.
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I agree. The m.Zuiko 45mm is the best portrait lens, but I would rather pair it up with a wider angle lens like the Lumix 14mm (cheaper) or the m.Zuiko 12mm (rather spendy). One for portraits, and one for scenes.

    For a more all-purpose lens though, the Leica 25mm Summilux or Voigtlander 25mm Nokton would be great choices, as speedandstyle suggests. Both on the spendier side, though.
  10. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines

    cheaper option:
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  11. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    The cheaper option is also much more compact
  12. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes, it has two pancakes. The more expensive option is faster though, whether you're using the Leica or the Voigtlander as your 25mm.
  13. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    for street stuff ... I'd go with the 14mm.

  14. zerotiu

    zerotiu Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    I'd say 14mm and/or 20mm and/or 45mm
  15. kenhreed

    kenhreed Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 22, 2011
    Thanks for all of the input, do I need an adapter to put an Olympus lens on my camera?
  16. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Cambridge, MA, US
    Nope, it's the same mount on both cameras.
  17. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Nope, as long as it is a Micro 4/3rds lens.
  18. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    IMO...The two MUST own lens: Panny 20mm (all-around) & Oly 45mm (portrait & all around too ;)  )
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