Jump to content

New GH2 owner looking for lens advice


Recommended Posts

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Hello all![/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]New to here. Very excited about my new GH2 body. Apparently a lens is needed though. How about that? I purchased my GH2 mainly as a B-camera to use when shooting interview for close-up, beauty stuff to complement my medium wide (using the Panasonic AC130 as my A-cam), but hope to eventually learn to flex its muscles on more interesting stuff.[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]I'm looking for some lens recommendations. These are kind of two separate questions, but what would be best for my needs and then what would be cheapest but workable? My research seems to point me to the Voigtlander 25mm, but it's a little pricey for me right now. I plan on getting the cheap kit lens (14-42) just for the purposes of learning the camera, but it seems the kit lenses aren't quite going to deliver me that nice shallow DOF look I'm hoping for. Any budget options that'll do the trick for me, putting it on a tripod and getting close up, blurry background, b-camera interview beauty stuff?[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Thoughts?[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Much appreciated.[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]-Noah[/font][/color]
Link to post
Share on other sites
well, I guess ideally for the interview purposes as mentioned above, I'd like to know the basement level option (under $100?), the all out best option regardless of budget, and then something in the middle ($300-$500?).

as for staying away from the 14-42, what's a good cheap (~$100) versatile lens to learn the ins and outs camera?

Sort of new to the DSLR world. Pardon me if the above is terribly uninformed.
Link to post
Share on other sites
You won't find much sub $100. Maybe some old legacy primes, but they won't be versatile. Versatility comes from owning multiple lenses.

If you're set on getting something with zoom you'll have to settle for less. IMO look into getting 1 prime for now, and a better one later, Maybe something 35mm+
Link to post
Share on other sites
I'd still get the kit lens, just to have an alternative to nothing (and there is a deep focus world too :-) . I have recently aquired a 40 mm 1.8 Konica lens plus adapter for very, very little money, and the test shots are really nice.
Link to post
Share on other sites
For Interview situations the 14-42mm Kit Lens should be acceptable. But I'dont unterstand, why you want to use your gh2 as B cam and the AC130 as your A Cam. I often used the AC130 and I can garantee that the image quality is far inferior to gh2s ;)
Link to post
Share on other sites
one killer do everything lens is
Fujinon F1.7 9-105mm with built in 2x extender
its B4 mount

Stunning amazing lens I use alot ! the zoom is insane
sharp and fast 1.7 all the way down the barrel !
It is ment for Sony Digi Beta Cam cameras

You can shoot an entire project with just this one lens!
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • By Dave Reeve
      What are the best smartphone lenses out there and are there any decent optics tests online? I know brands like Moment lead the way (perhaps with their marketing) but are there better options for an iPhone 11? Looking for quality over price although of course when it comes down to it price will be a concern. Thanks.
    • By mnewxcv
      looking to sell my nx 16-50s lens. Good condition overall, link at the bottom with pics and description in my ebay listing. Will see to an EOS member with good feedback for $600 shipped via paypal OBO, USA shipping.
      pics can be seen on my ebay listing:
    • By Zalem
      - PRICE: $599
      - STRETCH: 2X
      - FOCUS: Double-focus
      - PAYMENT METHOD: Paypal (fees to be paid after initial payment)
      - LOCATION: Switzerland
      - SHIPPING: Not included
      - INCLUDED: Redstan rear adapter with foot support and Redstan front clamp (value = $100).
      - CONDITION: No scratches and no fungus. Clean glass with the exception of a couple tiny spots on the rear glass. A couple of VERY light scratches that are only noticeable under a light source. Body shows some signs of wear but it works perfectly. Coatings are not flamboyant but the lens creates these signature purple/orange flares perfectly well. I wasn't able to get 1000% tack sharp images, so the lens might need to be serviced. It gives reasonably sharp results though, and my issue might actually come from my taking lens. Bought it from a fellow member of the Anamorphic Shooters group on FB and barely used it because of a decrease in filmmaking activity.
      - COMMENTS: I can send some footage via wetransfer. Open to offers.

    • By wherezelig
      Used Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L ll USM Zoom Lens for Canon EF Cameras, but taken great care of.
      2 years old, and only used only in studio setting. Lens is in immaculate condition and like new. $1200 OBO

      Compact and lightweight, the Canon EF USM II F/2.8 Lens is designed to capture portrait, sports, and wildlife photography. This Canon lens comes with aspherical lens elements to reduce chromatic aberrations. The focal length of this 16 mm lens can be automatically adjusted between 16 mm and 35 mm to shoot magnified images of an object at a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 m. With an aperture range of f/2.8, this Canon EF USM II F/2.8 allows you to capture bright outdoor pictures. The 63 to 108 degree angle coverage of this 16 mm lens lets you take large format pictures. With a construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, this Canon EF USM II F/2.8 controls the performance of the lens to enhance the image quality.

    • By Jakub
      Lens in pristine condition. Bought for a project but eventually never had a chance to use it.Comes with a modified  m4/3 to m42  adapter that covers the size of the mount , does not hold it but can be used as abase for making one. 250 euro

      Location: Cork, Ireland

  • Create New...