Dual IS lens compatibility with Panasonic GX9

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dkrohn New Member • Posts: 2
Dual IS lens compatibility with Panasonic GX9

Newbie question

Looking to upgrade to a gx9 from a gx1. I have 2012 era G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 and G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6.

I am trying to understand whether dual i.s. will work for these lenses.  It seems like I read a few comments on the forum that they do not, however, by looking at the Panasonic website it appears that there are firmware updates for these lenses.

Should I upgrade my lenses along with my camera, or will they work for me?  I was considering the compact 12-32 zoom lens as a replacement to the 14-42 but I would be bummed to have to replace my bigger zoom.  (maybe I would just jump ship and look at Fujifilm.....  (after reading thru the forum a bit I was perturbed to see that shutter shock with my gx1 was involving my other lenses, not just the kit lens. I was in denial about this but looking back, it now explains a few problems I had in the past.)

Thankyou for your advice.  Hoping to make a easy upgrade!

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Trolleyman Regular Member • Posts: 404
Re: Dual IS lens compatibility with Panasonic GX9

This is the complete list, you want the second section for the GX9

https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/dual_is.html

alcelc
alcelc Forum Pro • Posts: 14,402
Re: Dual IS lens compatibility with Panasonic GX9
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dkrohn wrote:

Newbie question

Looking to upgrade to a gx9 from a gx1. I have 2012 era G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 and G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6.

By a firmware the 45~175PZ is now DUAL IS (not DUAL IS 2)  compatible.

The update for 14~42 PZ has long been overdue, likely the promised firmware will not roll out. So only an OIS lens, not DUAL IS supported and on GX9, you can only use Lens OIS like on GX1.

I am trying to understand whether dual i.s. will work for these lenses. It seems like I read a few comments on the forum that they do not, however, by looking at the Panasonic website it appears that there are firmware updates for these lenses.

Should I upgrade my lenses along with my camera, or will they work for me? I was considering the compact 12-32 zoom lens as a replacement to the 14-42

12~32 is now DUAL 1S 2 compatible by a recent firmware. On GX9, it is DUAL IS, on G85/95 G9 or GH5 it is DUAL IS 2.

On IQ, both are close but as per my copies:

  • 12~32 is sharper on wide open than 14~42PZ.
  • 12~32 is also on mechanical zoom such that needs less battery power to run.
  • The 70g 12~32 is also smaller and easier to carry.
  • 14~42PZ can be handled with less care because the twist to extend 12~32 can be broken easier by improper force.
  • The power zoom of 14~42PZ is better for video.

12 is important to me so after getting 12~32, 14~42PZ which lost its benefit on portability vs my other lenses, been retired mostly.

but I would be bummed to have to replace my bigger zoom. (maybe I would just jump ship and look at Fujifilm..... (after reading thru the forum a bit I was perturbed to see that shutter shock with my gx1 was involving my other lenses, not just the kit lens. I was in denial about this but looking back, it now explains a few problems I had in the past.)

Likely shutter shock is combo dependent. 14~42PZ, 14~140 f/3.5ish, 45~200 are more prone on SS whereas not others.

After introduction of e-shutter (or EFCS on the Gs), SS could be eliminated completely.

The more soft new m-shutter on GX85 and after could also minimize the SS effect.

Thankyou for your advice. Hoping to make a easy upgrade!

No comment on Fuji, but AFAIK their lenses are relatively larger and cost more. The recent Pannys could keep me happy already, hence it does not worth to me, YMMV.

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OP dkrohn New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Dual IS lens compatibility with Panasonic GX9

Thank you both very much!

I feel like I just doubled my knowledge on: (dual IS, dual IS1 vs 2, stabilization priority dependent on lens type, GX9 limitations with no dual IS2, blah blah blah) lol!

Your response led me to another discussion on dual is 1 vs 2.  I think it is very poor on Panasonics part that they could not keep their own terminology straight and initially marketed the gx 9 as dual IS2.   Oh well.

Appreciate the endorsement of the compact 12-32.  That coupled with my Pany 45-175, and Pany 20mm will hopefully be a good start for the gx9.

Thanks to all that contribute good info on this forum.  I will try to absorb all I can.

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