Need advice: Panny 14-45, 12-35, or 14-140 for travel lens.

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Len_Gee Veteran Member • Posts: 9,606
Need advice: Panny 14-45, 12-35, or 14-140 for travel lens.


I'm thinking of adding one of the following lenses for current GX1 kit.  A lens for general travel, cruises, walk around photography.  Not a pro just a weekend snapper.

Considering one of the following:

  • 14-45 (not expensive, slow f3.5-f5.6, older design)
  • 12-35 (expensive but "pro quality" f2.8)
  • 14-140 ( one lens does all, but reportedly afflicted with "shutter shock")

What lens would you suggest?

I'm  leaning heavily towards either 14-45 or 12-35.

Just not sure if 12-35 @ $1000 is that much  better than 14-45 @$300.  Is it?

FWIW, I have 7-14, and 25 PanLeica, and plan to keep both, adding Oly 45 in future.

Also planning to add GX7 or M10 body in future.   Want to carry 2 MFT cameras when traveling to avoid lens swapping as much as I can.

Considered GM1 kit, but my hands are XL.

Thanks for any practical as well as technical advice.

 Len_Gee's gear list:Len_Gee's gear list
Sony RX100 Fujifilm X100T Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Olympus PEN-F Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH +7 more
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