Question about GH2 and lenses

Started Sep 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bob Meyer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,375
What you need to know about forums....

You need to understand something about forums like this. They tend to be populated by hardware geeks for whom even little differences loom large.

Take the 14-42 vs. 14-45 question. There's little doubt that the 14-45 is sharper at the edges and corners of the frame. But this isn't something you're likely to notice unless (1), there's a lot of detail in at least one edge of the frame, (2) that detail is in focus, and (3) you're blowing the image up on your monitor (search for the term pixel peeping). In the center, I think you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference without very careful examination. The 14-42 is capable of taking very good pictures, if that's your goal.

Same with the 45-200. Is it the sharpest lens you can buy? No, especially at the long end. Is the 100-300 sharper? Yes, but it's also much more expensive and much heavier. Is the 45-200 capable of making very nice photographs? Absolutely.

I don't know if what he's offering is a good price or not. Look at prices on ebay to get some comparison values. But unless you're looking for perfection, I think these lenses and camera will serve you well.

gmoniey wrote:


I posted something similar in another forum, but was it was suggested to post here to get better feedback, so apologies if this seems like a repost.

A friend of mine offered up a used GH2 and Lumix 14-42mm & Lumix 45-200mm lenses for about $900-1000 and I was wondering if its a good deal. He also offered his Lumix 20mm & Olympus 9-18mm lenses for significantly more.

The feedback I got was that its probably not the best of deals given the lenses, but unfortunately, I don't quite understand why. I've tried reading up on lenses and how they vary, but everything I have found has went right over my head. For example, I've been told (several times actually) that the 14-45 is much better than the 14-42, but I don't understand why.

I'd like to stay in the micro 4/3 range, as I like the compact size. I currently have a Olympus EP-2, and I thought I wouldn't be bothered by the lack of viewfinder and the lack of flash, but it turns out it bugs me quick a bit. I played with my cousin's GH1 and liked it a lot. I'm also aware that the GH3 will be available very soon, but from what I've read, the improvements it offers wont be of much benefit to me, given that I'm very much a novice when it comes to cameras and photography in general.

Appreciate any responses...


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I've stopped thinking in terms of "equivalent" focal lengths on m43. 25mm is what it is, and what it might be similar to on some other format doesn't matter to me any more. We need to learn what to expect from our current equipment, not keep mapping it to the old. No one refers to their 50mm FF lens as "equivalent to 80mm on MF."

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