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What other lens would you add?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by 5tatman, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. 5tatman

    5tatman Mu-43 Rookie

    18
    Mar 10, 2014
    Ashton Under Lyne
    I currently have G2 with a 14 pancake, 14-45 and I'm wondering what other lens, if any, you would add?
    At this moment in time, I'm not sure exactly what I want to make my 'Specialist subject' I Iike a bit of close up, food especially, would like to take better portrait images of the family etc, but I do like the occasional walk in the woods, sunsets etc.

    I brought the 14, because I need for my job for wide angle low light but would I be silly to not think about using this for other image subjects?

    At this moment in time, it's more about getting something that 'will do' until I find an area of Photography I like more than others, so I can then purchase a lens better suited, but I don't want to be spending £££££ on type of lens for a subject I don't get a feel for , so really looking for budget lens at the moment. No budget supplied as I don't know what if any, I need to looking for.

    I realise this might seem all a little vague but hopefully you get a feel of where I'm coming from, :)

    Cheers
     
  2. val

    val Mu-43 Top Veteran

    548
    Dec 19, 2013
    Australia
    William
    Really considering selling my 35-100mm for the 75mm f1.8

    just that extra F1.0 stop has made such a difference to my photos and I just can't warm up to the 35-100mm....
     
  3. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    850
    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    I would consider one of the cheap 40-150mm zooms. The Oly version is very cheap. I would think you would want some extra reach over the 14-42 if you are out and about. The next lens I would consider something like the 25mm or 45mm for the extra speed advantage over the kit zoom.
     
  4. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    The 14-45 is a pretty good lens, and its zoom range really does suit a lot of general photography, plus it has stabilisation. There is a good reason why this type of lens is the default kit lens for many cameras: it covers a lot of uses.

    The main gaps it doesn't cover are:

    • macro photos
    • tele photos
    • shallow depth-of-field photos

    The usual next-step lens is a telephoto zoom. For example you can get the Panasonic 45-150 OIS lens for $200-$250. That's a pretty cheap lens for what you get, and it enables you to play with tele and shallow DOF photos.

    The cheap entry path to macro is to get extension tubes (with electrical connectors so your lens still works). There are cheap chinese versions.
     
  5. Gyles

    Gyles Mu-43 Veteran

    265
    Feb 15, 2012
    Sunny Norfolk, UK
    Travelographer and self confessed Hexaholic
    Don't be frightened to buy used.

    P20/1.7
    Oly45/1.8 are both top low light lenses that can be picked up relatively cheaply. If you don't get on with them you could always resell and you won't lose money. Be aware that Oly lenses lack image stablisation, so if you're shooting handheld it might be an issue. The P45-150 can be had for about £120 used off evilBay You could see what sort of focal lengths you shoot at first then buy a more specialised lens at a later date.

    The P14-45 is a great lens. Try using shooting the same subjects at different focal lengths to see what you like.
     
  6. Gyles

    Gyles Mu-43 Veteran

    265
    Feb 15, 2012
    Sunny Norfolk, UK
    Travelographer and self confessed Hexaholic
    Don't be frightened to buy used.

    P20/1.7
    Oly45/1.8 are both top low light lenses that can be picked up relatively cheaply. If you don't get on with them you could always resell and you won't lose money. Be aware that Oly lenses lack image stablisation, so if you're shooting handheld it might be an issue. The P45-150 can be had for about £120 used off evilBay You could see what sort of focal lengths you shoot at first then buy a more specialised lens at a later date.

    The P14-45 is a great lens. Try using shooting the same subjects at different focal lengths to see what you like. look at this thread https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=296&highlight=panasonic+14-45mm
     
  7. alex66

    alex66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    715
    Jul 23, 2010
    What do you feel you are missing? want more reach then look at a tele zoom a Panasonic will make life easier as the Olympus lenses zoom in the opposite direction, the 45 Olympus is a cracking portrait lens and great value. As others have said don't worry about used, I have bought all of mine used and no issues and unless its an in demand lens you can save loads.
     
  8. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    Take a look at the Sigma Art lens series. A 19, 30 and 60 all f/2.8. Excellent lenses and inexpensive too.
     
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  9. godwinaustin

    godwinaustin Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Feb 23, 2014
    Jackson, WYO
    Jon
    go with a prime. you might consider the new oly 25mm, 50mm is a classic focal length for a reason - and heck yeah you can use that 14mm for all sorts of subjects.
     
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  10. Gyles

    Gyles Mu-43 Veteran

    265
    Feb 15, 2012
    Sunny Norfolk, UK
    Travelographer and self confessed Hexaholic
    Good suggestion. Given your current lens focal lengths I'd say go with the 60mm. It's the best of the bunch and only £160 in the UK so it's a total bargain. Lots of positive reviews out there.
     
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  11. PMCC

    PMCC Mu-43 Regular

    132
    Feb 18, 2013
    I'd say none. Just shoot more and then find out what you are missing.
     
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  12. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    236
    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William Barnett-Lewis
    No doubt in my mind as I'm in similar circumstances (O17/2.8 & kit 14-45).

    The next lens for me will be the O25/1.8. and then, later, the O45/1.8. Both are higher speed than the lenses I have and are of good quality while not getting into the big $$$ land. I prefer the old classic standard lens on film and, as a result, have been waiting for a standard I can afford - down to $399 at Amazon already so I have my hopes for this summer.