Some thoughts on the G9, 12-35, 14 f2.5, and 35-100 f5.6

D7k1

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I am still in the process of filling out my lenses (aren't we all:blush:) and thought I'd look at my primary walk around lens on the G9 12-35 and a lens that is always in my LowPro top loader with my second G9 and the PL100-400, and a lens that is in my Gx85 travel kit (I have three bags ready to go).

Because I shot images of medicine labels I won't post the images here, and everyone tests differently. I shot the 12-35 / 14mm at f2.8 and 5.6 @ ISO800 and 2000, and the 12-35 /35-100 f4/5.6 @ 5.6 @ 35mm ISO 800.

I could not tell the difference, and of course the G9's IBS is amazing as is the little 35-100 on the G9. On my 50" 4K TV I could not see a difference even at 100%. I know there maybe some sample differences but I was amazed how well these two inexpensive (especially used) lenses are render the type on the labels and a few other details of items also on the counter.

I expect to spend a bit of money this year on two lens to complete my "A" system, but for those who are not as fortunate I can highly recommend these two lenses on performance. In fact I have the GWC1 for the 14mm and would recommend that if you can find one for reasonable dollars used (make the 14 somewhere between 10.5 and 11mm at f2.5 - great museum setup).

My travel kit is normally my Gx85/OLY's 9-18/75-300II. However I would be very happy for an in city trip with the 35-100 with either the Gx85 & 9-18 or the G9 and the 12-35.

As uncertainty over the photographic industry is rising, Don't look past the bargains that can be found in the M43 "consumer" lenses - even those that are discontinued.
 

mike3996

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My travel kit is normally my Gx85/OLY's 9-18/75-300II.
I occasionally shoot the same setup (GX85 + 75-300ii). Wonderful results but it is the small body ergonomics in particular that drive me towards considering a body of G9's proportions! Get a more sure grip on the combo -- which on GX85 is not heavy by any means --- just a tad disproportional. :)
 

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The Panasonic 35-100 f 4-5.6 is really a bargain for the mid telephoto range. My copy is very sharp across the zoom range, tiny, I pair it with my bar- of- soap E-PM1 for my walk around kit. If you like that focal length range, and you like tiny, you owe it to yourself to check out out.
 
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