14-140mm f3.5-5.6 Dual IS2 vs 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 IBIS

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evetsf Senior Member • Posts: 1,274
Re: 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 Dual IS2 vs 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 IBIS

I can only tell you what I have & why I acquired it, you can judge how closely it fits your uses. I should mention that I've only been a m43 user since September 2019, so this may get revised if actual use proves part of this to be less than ideal. So far so good, though!

It's all Panasonic gear:

Bodies: G9 is considered the "primary" camera for its sheer performance, especially for motorsports & aviation; GX9 is second body/backup/travel camera, it's also called to duty when I don't want a big, conspicuous camera hanging off my shoulder.

Lenses: I have five lenses, ranging from 7 to 200mm:

Lumix 7-14/4 - when a wide-angle lens is needed;

Lumix 12-60/3.5-5.6 - usually attached to the GX9 as its everyday lens;

Lumix 14-140/3.5-5.6 - usually attached to the G9 as its everyday lens;

Lumix 20/1.7 - low light & indoor use, or low-profile street shooting mounted on the GX9;

Leica 50-200/2.8-4 - high-performance telephoto zoom for motorsports, aviation, birding, etc. A 1.4X and/or 2X teleconverter are under consideration to extend its range if needed.

At present, this is split up into two bags - G9, 7-14, 14-140 & 50-200 in one; GX9, 12-60 & 20/1.7 in another much smaller bag. But, if I were to take an extended trip with family - and wanted to travel fairly light - I'd take the GX9, 7-14, 14-140 & 20/1.7 & leave the rest at home. The 14-140 would be the universal general-purpose lens, with the other two in reserve for their special purposes.

Two things to note about this setup - first, the 7-14 is about the same size as a Lumix 12-60 (although slightly heavier); secondly, if you're willing to take a 10MP crop out of a 20MP image, you get the same reach as a 200mm lens when using the 14-140.


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