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Which lens to get for GF2?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by timothysoong, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Beginner with GF2 and the 14mm/2.5 lens, which lens should I get.. btw im totally new to cameras, its been already a week and I've just came to get the idea of aperture, ss, iso, etc.. So basically I'm noob into these kinda stuffs, and I realized I feel the need for a zoomable lens.. And right now I don't know which one to get..

    Did some research 14-45 seems the way to go.. but its not available for sale in my country.. In my country there's only the 14-42mm and the 45-200mm..

    And I went to the store to checked out the price and all, the salesman suggest to get the 45-200mm as its like 100$USD difference only between the two.. Anyway, I juts thought the 45-200 is too big and I doubt I'd need to take shots that far.. I dont know.. GAH!!! Im new to these kinda stuffs.. So I need to hear from you professionals.. :)

    Thanks in advance..
     
  2. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    I'll go with the 45-200. 14-42 doesn't do much than what you have now.
     
  3. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    But does it mean 14-45, it'd be able to take shots till 45mm. I mean thats good enough for close shots or family shots so I'd not have to zoom it with my feet when necessary, rather than the 45-200mm its like at lowest its already too zoomed in.. which i'd think is too much for family shots and rather for distant shots like taking a tower etc.. Is it like that? Or do I have the wrong idea of it? :S
     
  4. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    For things like birds, animals, and people portraits, telephoto lenses are the way to go.
     
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I think you'd be better off to get a 45mm prime lens to go with your 14mm prime. Olympus just recently announced an m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 which will be available in the month, and is cheaper than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

    With a 14mm prime and a 45mm prime, you'll have as much capability as the 14-45mm zoom, but with much better lens speed and sharpness. It's nothing to take a few steps forward or backwards to get all the in-between framing.
     
  6. alphasierra

    alphasierra Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 13, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'd suggest you buy a 14-45 (or a 14-42, if you're impatient): doesn't look like anybody is selling, but if you watch the buy/sell threads you'll probably see one come up over the next few days. I have the 14-42 on a GF2, and it's really not as bad as some reviews make it seem - I've never felt like my photos are hampered by the lens (hampered by me, on the other hand, is possible).

    If you jump straight from 14mm to 45mm (either as a prime, or 45-200mm) you're leaving a great big hole at the 'normal' focal length (which is 22mm on m43probably have to carry two lenses all the time (although at least they're small). Alternately, if you jump to 45mm, you can always fill the hole by buying a 20/25mm lens at some later stage...
     
  7. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Like the 28mm, 40mm, and 90mm in the classic Minolta M.Rokkor set (and others, I'm sure, but my knowledge of rangefinders isn't that great), which would just happen to be 14mm, 20mm, and 45mm in :43:.
     
  8. timothysoong

    timothysoong Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan
    So as far as the replies go, prime lens is the better way to go than having a zoomable lens then.. I might consider getting the 45mm one then, but like alpha mentioned I'd missed out a lens for the normal focal length(20mm+)

    And if I may asked, is the 14-140mm worth getting? I mean it cost a lot, but yeah if its really worth getting, might prolly save up for one..
     
  9. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    The 14-140 is an OK lens. Only get it if you want something small. If you don't care about having a small lens, you can get the 45mm prime and the 45-200mm for the same price, and get much much better results that way, but it will be more stuff to carry around.
     
  10. drizek

    drizek Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2011
    Who said hte 45mm will be cheaper? aren't they both $400 retail?