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Kit Laughlin
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I am now all-4.3rds, with the recent purchase of an excellent GH3 (and three G6 bodies in the stable already. I am mostly focussed on making videos for my Vimeo on Demand channel, but do shoot stills from time to time.

I have most of the best Oly and Panny primes between a Samyang fisheye 7.5 though to Oly's 45/1.8 and Panny's 45/2.8 macro. I have the cheap and cheerful Oly 40-150/4.5-6, too.

The only Panasonic zooms I have are the 1442/3.5-5.6 kit and the 35-100/4-5.6 (a surprising performer).

So, now that I am committed, what are people's best zooms and why?

I want to stick to Panasonic, because I feel I need the stabilisation on occasions; I know there are great Oly zooms out there, too, but let's talk only Panasonic today.



Jul 14, 2017 at 09:39 PM
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These 3 new Panasonic-Leica lenses are very good options. The 8-18 and 12-60 zooms are now available. The 50-200 lens will be out later this year.

https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/panasonic-lumix-catalog



Jul 14, 2017 at 10:04 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Best Panasonic zooms


I really like my PL 12-60, some shots posted here:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1497439

Bob



Jul 15, 2017 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Best Panasonic zooms


How good is Panasonic 35-100 f/4-5.6? I am also looking for small light travel kit.


Jul 15, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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wilco23 wrote:

How good is Panasonic 35-100 f/4-5.6? I am also looking for small light travel kit.

In a word? Excellent.



Jul 15, 2017 at 09:56 AM
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I own the 12-35/35-100mm f/2.8 duo. While the 35-100mm is a very good lens, the 12-35mm is exceptional. Strongly recommended.


Jul 15, 2017 at 02:18 PM
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The 12-32 is pretty darn good for its super compact size, useful range, and cheap price

The 100-400 is a fantastic long tele

The 35-100/2.8 is quite good, nothing exceptional compared to a lenses like the 75/1.8, but its quite compact and just a good all around workhorse, same could be said for the 12-35/2.8.




Jul 15, 2017 at 03:53 PM
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I don't think there are any poor Panasonic zooms. I have the 12-35 and 35-100 2.8s. Have used and liked many others I've tried, disliked none of them. A personal favorite is the 45-175 pz. What a great lens. I like it as much as the 35-100 2.8.

Greg



Jul 15, 2017 at 04:03 PM
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Jorgen, do you know if there are any significant differences between the Mk I and II versions? A quick search on line does not reveal any (so far), but the Mk I version seems to be more expensive! Might just be a local thing.

and (@Greg) that 45-175 seems to punch above its weight, for sure.

Thanks everyone; great suggestions. I think the 12-35/2.8 will be the first additional zoom I will buy.



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The MK1 versions were the ugly purple-ish hue

The MKII are black, might be a slight difference under the hood, but the color would be the big one for me.

Not that the mk1's were bad optically, but they looked absolutely horrible on the camera, with the purple metallic color, the "HD" badge etc. It was like the design came right out of 1991



Jul 16, 2017 at 01:49 AM
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@millsart: Hahahahaha! You've convinced me.

Completely OT: the LCD seems to not recognise the aspect ratio I set. Is there another commend that supervenes over this one? (I can't bring myself to open the manual!



Jul 16, 2017 at 03:03 AM
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Kit Laughlin wrote:
Jorgen, do you know if there are any significant differences between the Mk I and II versions? A quick search on line does not reveal any (so far), but the Mk I version seems to be more expensive! Might just be a local thing.

and (@Greg) that 45-175 seems to punch above its weight, for sure.

Thanks everyone; great suggestions. I think the 12-35/2.8 will be the first additional zoom I will buy.


No, I don't think there are any optical changes except possibly improved coatings. Mk I sure is ugly though. I'm not sure if I would call it purple, but who on earth thought that shiny surface was a good idea?

If I remember correctly, the stabilisation is improved, individual as well dual.



Jul 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM
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I have the 7-14mm f4, 12-35mm f2.8, and the 35-100mm f2.8. All great lenses. The 7-14mm does suffer from purple if you try to bring back highlights too much, but I other than I have no complaints about the that lens


Jul 16, 2017 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Best Panasonic zooms


Doesn't the Mk. II in lens stabilization work with the Panasonic in camera stabilization and the Mk I has only the in lens stabilization?


Jul 16, 2017 at 08:08 PM
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My GH3 does not have in-camera stabilisation, as far as I know, so that aspect will not be important.

Does anyone know why the LCD does not recognise the aspect ratio I set?



Jul 16, 2017 at 09:24 PM
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I have the diminutive 12-32 pancake, the tiny 35-100, and the not so small PL100-400.
All are excellent and I do not hesitate to use any of them in the appropriate venue.



Jul 16, 2017 at 09:41 PM
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gary0319 wrote:
I have the diminutive 12-32 pancake, the tiny 35-100, and the not so small PL100-400.
All are excellent and I do not hesitate to use any of them in the appropriate venue.


I agree that the 12-32/35-100mm miniature pair is excellent. They do shoot way above their price and class. Unfortunately though, build quality isn't great. I turned the zoom ring on the 12-32mm a bit too far one day, and although the lens till works, it's now possible to turn it 360+ degrees, so there's some guesswork figuring out what's the correct position. Here's my miniature setup with those two lenses, the 25mm f/1.7 and the GM5:







Apart from the relatively small maximum apertures, the disadvantages with those two zooms are:

- Mediocre bokeh
- Not so sharp at infinity focus

The 25mm is a lens that does the job, but it lacks micro contrast and is really a rather boring lens.



Jul 17, 2017 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Best Panasonic zooms


Have you considered the old PL 25/1.4? I dislike the rattle-snaking but that lens is sharp and has excellent rendering.

Jorgen Udvang wrote:
I agree that the 12-32/35-100mm miniature pair is excellent. They do shoot way above their price and class. Unfortunately though, build quality isn't great. I turned the zoom ring on the 12-32mm a bit too far one day, and although the lens till works, it's now possible to turn it 360+ degrees, so there's some guesswork figuring out what's the correct position. Here's my miniature setup with those two lenses, the 25mm f/1.7 and the GM5:

https://www.getdpi.com/gallery/files/4/9/p9070003e990.jpg

Apart from the relatively small maximum apertures, the disadvantages with those two zooms are:

- Mediocre bokeh
- Not so sharp at infinity focus

The 25mm is
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Jul 17, 2017 at 02:53 AM







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