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Well, after 10 years of shooting on a variety of digital zoom compacts/bridge cameras, I finally decided to make a bid for altogether higher image quality. I came back from that well-known photographic retailer, Argos , clutching a Panasonic G3 c/w 14-42mm zoom lens, for the not-too-princely sum of £240.
If anybody has any advice about the pros/cons of using this camera I'd appreciate a quick heads-up; also a recommendation for a macro lens would be of interest.
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have fun i have a g5 they are all great cameras in my opion
One of the beauties of compact system cameras is the wealth of legacy lenses that csn be used with adapters. Have a look on ebay
Well done, I have a G3 as well and they are pretty good. I have kinda moved away from the standard kit zoom though and tend to use the Panny 14mm and 20mm and the sigma 30mm which I picked up second hand. They all produce good quality pictures. The only con I can think of is the price of buying additional lenses, which can be rather expensive, so I tend to look to the second hand market. I would get used to using the kit zoom for now until such time as you outgrow it, I have noticed that Panasonic have now launched a new version of the 14-42mm kit lens, whether it might be worth an upgrade at a later date is open to debate.
Although I have used some old Minolta manual lenses with an adaptor, they do slow you down a bit as you can only focus manually, not much good for a quick snapshot unless you get lucky with your zone focussing.
Thanks for that Richard! Yes, I'm finding the standard zoom caters for most of my requirements. I'd particularly like a macro lens but they're not cheap, even second-hand ones.
I've added a Panasonic 45-200m, 1:4-5.6 OIS zoom to my collection, £189 second-hand.
A great little lens is the Pany 14mm, the showing up on Amazon at low prices.
I like the look of that Sigma 60mm f2.8 for the price.
I have the Sigma 30mm and I am very pleased with it, 60mm definately on the list!
I find the 30mm a bit of an odd length on M4/3, its a little to long to use as a standard lens and too short to use as a telephoto.
There 19mm is handy though.
I have just noticed that on MPB Photographic's site you can pick up a Panny 14mm lens for under £100..bargain if you are in the market for one!
'Macro' can mean different things to different people: 'True' macro is where the object is life-size on the sensor which would mean, for example, a small beetle filling the whole sensor area - but commonly nowadays people use 'macro' to mean 'close up' - for example a whole butterfly filling the sensor area. So if you mean the latter then something like 45-200 or 70-300 may do you in most circumstances because you do not need to stand 12" from the subject, and cropping can do the rest if necessary.
For a true macro lens, the Panasonic 45mm macro is not a cheap lens and one alternative is the Olympus 60mm macro is up to £200 cheaper but does not have image stabilisation (Olympus build IS into their bodies, not the lenses), but if your preferred subjects are relatively stationary, you can probably use a tripod instead.
Thanks for that Mikehit. Yes, I don't really require true 1:1 macro most of the time. I've yet to get out & try the 45-200mm that I bought. I've discovered a Jessops +2 close-up lens in my collection of bits & bobs, with a 52mm filter thread, so I may put that on the 14-42mm zoom and see what result that produces.
I believe Amazon sell quite a nice set of macro tubes, very cheap considering these have electronic contacts to control the lenses.
Here you go.
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