best panasonic lenses to own?

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MIKE1111 Contributing Member • Posts: 640
best panasonic lenses to own?

what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

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On a budget and with size/weight in mind: 12-32mm, 15mm/1.7 and 45-150mm(some would suggest 35-100/f4-5.6 which I don't own).

12-32 for general walk-about, 15 for low-light and street photography, and 45-150 for reach.  The 12-32 and 45-150 are very good for their asking price(specially if you go with the de-kitted ones).

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For you? Nothing, unless you have a Panny body in your future.

For me, the 15 1.7 and the 42.5. The first is general walk around, the second is more fir portraits.

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I asked a very similar question a week or so ago and the consensus suggested the 14-140/F3.5 was a great all around lens. Some guys said if you put it on, you'll rarely take it off.

I decided to buy one and so far I'm happy with it but I'm still just getting my feet wet.

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MIKE1111 wrote:

what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

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Mike

The best ones to own are those that are useful to you for whatever purpose.

In my case using only Olympus bodies I seem to have accumulated some Panasonic lenses (in this order)....

  1. 45-150mm, super nice with its OIS when on my (lousy IBIS) E-PL5. Nicely made lens with hood supplied, 52mm filter size and really good quality even at 150mm.
  2. 14-45mm to replace my not so good Oly kit lens in my E-PL1 days. Again a nice lens and surprisingly good wide open at any focal length.
  3. 12-32mm for when I go walkies and only need a really small and limited zoom lens. Quality good, but not as good as my 12-40/2.8 of course. Even though I always use the E-P5 IBIS I tested the 12-32mm OIS and I seem to get 3 stops advantage at 32mm but only can manage 2 stops advantage at 12mm.
  4. 35-100/2.8 to complete my desire to have f/2.8 all the way from 12mm to 100mm, so the Oly 12-40mm and Panasonic 35-100mm will be my most used pair from now on, with a side dash of Samyang 7.5mm for fun now and then.

When I want a small and light kit then the 12-32mm and 45-150mm make that happen. The 14-45mm is sad and lonely and unused now as the 12-40/2.8 or 12-32mm get all the use. The 35-100/2.8 is new to me the other day so have not exercised it yet in the real world.

My bag has simplified and I set it up with the 12-40mm on one body and the 35-100mm on the second body (both E-P5) and I'll see how that works out to carry all day by testing it while being a tourist in my own city.

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thanks for respounces

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What do you shoot Mike as that will determine what is important to you . There are no shortage of excellent lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus . For me the 12-35mm F/2.8 and 35-100mm F/2.8 cover a great range at a decent price . However my favourite is the enduring 20mm F/1.7 my first m43 lens back in 2009 and my most used and probably most loved. Some complain of its AF speed but I have never had that problem , the tiny pancakes and small zooms like the Panasonic 12-32mm are surprisingly good performers given their diminutive size

My first foray into m43 was the 20mm with the GF1

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MIKE1111 wrote:

what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

thanks

Mike

Without any idea as to what camera(s) you own, or what your photographic (and/ or) video interests are, my answer is:  PL 8-18mm and PL 100-400mm.  The former is mostly used for everything from “street shooting” to landscapes, and photographing historical places, travel destinations, and events, whereas the latter is mostly used for nature and event shoots.

But really in truth I own other lenses including Olympus and Panasonic which are also valuable to me for shooting, it’s just that if I try to answer your original question, sticking to only Panasonic and only two lenses, then the two I mentioned above would my answer, but then I really should also insist on including three Olympus lenses as well:  12-100mm f/4, 60mm macro, and 17mm f/1.8 (someday to be replaced by a 17mm f/1.2).

I would find it most difficult to limit myself to only one brand and two lenses.  If, however, you are just starting out and asking which two lenses I would start with, well that is a different question but, again, I would need to know a lot more from you before I could make a semi-intelligent recommendation! 😉

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I shoot wildlife with dslr and video motorsports day and night with G85,I have 12-60,45-150 and get mixed results. thinking of getting 35-100 2.8

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I shoot wildlife with dslr and video motorsports day and night with G85,I have 12-60,45-150 and get mixed results. thinking of getting 35-100 2.8

Looking at your current gear the Nikon CX 75-300mm gets you out to an effective FF focal length of 810mm. To match that focal length you would need the Panasonic 100-400mm which is a good bit larger than your Nikon combo. But would give you all the bells and whistles with the G85

The 35-100mm is a great lens and performs very well not sure if it would be  long enough for your intended uses. I have the lower end Panasonic 100-300mm but it is not in the same league as either the Nikon or the 100-400mm. Olympus has the 40-150mm F/2.8 . Though given Panasonic and Olympus are starting to sneak unique features into their lens + camera combinations { dual IS compatibility, focus stacking compatibility etc}  , I would be inclined to stick with the same lens and brand. Any way if video is your thing Panasonic remains the best choice

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what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

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Mike

There is no "best", only what's best for any given person...

Currently my favorites are the two I chose to own after testing them each out against other lenses.

Panasonic Leica 12-60/2.8-4.  My copy is pin sharp corner to corner even wide open.  CAs are almost non existent (only shows up in the extreme corners in super high contrast scenes, an even then it's so low I don't even bother with correcting it.  This is my workhorse lens.  It does 95% of everything I need it to do.  It's great for landscapes, wide scenic shots, street photography, family photos, group photos, travel, etc...  I keep finding more and more things it can do.   I looked at the 12-35 and 14-140 among others.  This lens fits my needs far better and I couldn't be happier with it's IQ.

Even on an Olympus Body  the lens performs great.  Low Distortion & CAs, but high amounts of detail.

Wide enough for scenic shots.

Panasonic 42.5/1.7.  My portrait lens.  I know if  I really wanted the sharpest thing under the sun, with the shallowest DOF, there are other options that are out that could do better.  But there's not a "portrait" lens (that I know of) that costs $400 (or less), that's sharper at F.1.8.

Almost SOOC JPEG, I made only one tiny adjustment to highlights - and I didn't really need to do that.

The 25/1.7 is also on my want list, just because it's dirt cheap at times and several places give it favorable reviews.

I would also like the PL8-18 and PL50-200, but I'm in no rush for those at the moment.

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MIKE1111 wrote:

what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

thanks

Mike

There is no "best", only what's best for any given person...

Currently my favorites are the two I chose to own after testing them each out against other lenses.

Panasonic Leica 12-60/2.8-4. My copy is pin sharp corner to corner even wide open. CAs are almost non existent (only shows up in the extreme corners in super high contrast scenes, an even then it's so low I don't even bother with correcting it.

You need to use specific RAW convertors to avoid the lens distortion CA etc corrections which are baked into Jpeg's and built into the RAW file instructions honoured by most major RAW convertors.  Though other than that petty nitpick the 12-60 looks to be a winner a bit pricey on its own but part of a kit . But a good buy as part of a kit when my wallet recovers from my recent Sony spending both it an the G9 will be mine

This is my workhorse lens. It does 95% of everything I need it to do. It's great for landscapes, wide scenic shots, street photography, family photos, group photos, travel, etc... I keep finding more and more things it can do. I looked at the 12-35 and 14-140 among others. This lens fits my needs far better and I couldn't be happier with it's IQ.

Even on an Olympus Body the lens performs great. Low Distortion & CAs, but high amounts of detail.

Wide enough for scenic shots.

Panasonic 42.5/1.7. My portrait lens. I know if I really wanted the sharpest thing under the sun, with the shallowest DOF, there are other options that are out that could do better. But there's not a "portrait" lens (that I know of) that costs $400 (or less), that's sharper at F.1.8.

Almost SOOC JPEG, I made only one tiny adjustment to highlights - and I didn't really need to do that.

The 25/1.7 is also on my want list, just because it's dirt cheap at times and several places give it favorable reviews.

I would also like the PL8-18 and PL50-200, but I'm in no rush for those at the moment.

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Best overall: 14-140

Best telephoto: 100-300

Best short tele/long zoom: 35-100, fast version.

Most overpriced/overrated: 100-400

There are great Oly lens, too.

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Nikonparrothead wrote:

For you? Nothing, unless you have a Panny body in your future.

For me, the 15 1.7 and the 42.5. The first is general walk around, the second is more fir portraits.

Or what I used to hear.... Nice pen, I bet it writes great stories. Yes, we must all gently and patiently educate each other in our areas of ignorance. (unless, like some of us, you have no areas of ignorance and Lancelot is your squire.)

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what are the best panasonic lenses to own and what do you use them for?

7-14mm f4 - Architectural interiors and travel, especially for narrow, old world streets and alleys.

100-400mm - Critters!!! Lots of reach and near-macro ability make it a perfect, super flexible nature lens. Use it with a monopod!

14-140mm II - general purpose, daylight travel lens

15mm - general purpose low light lens. same field of view as iPhone

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For me, 100-400 and 8mm fisheye. I’d also like the 15 but can’t justify it.

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,894
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Unless you've got an older Panasonic body that lacks stabilization and you're talking about a particular lens with stabilization built in (only some of them have this, of course), then I don't know why you'd care to limit yourself to just this brand... and I say this as one who uses an Olympus camera and only owns Panasonic lenses (so far).

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For distant subjects, 100-400 mm. For a more general use, 35-100 2.8. This last one goes coupled to the MZD 12-400 for general use.

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I have cx70-300. nikon not making anymore bodies. dead end

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