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I've been away from this site for a while, but having got back into photography I have got myself a Panasonic Lumix GX1 (after selling of all of my Canon gear) and embraced micro four-thirds.
I am looking at getting the new Panasonic 14-140 f3.5-5.6 lens and wanted to know if anyone can tell me whether this lens would be better than getting the 35-100 f2.8? I am very tempted to get the 35-100 as the IQ looks to be superb, but if the IQ of the 14-140 is more than good enough then I'd be tempted to go for that instead.
The reason for wanting the 14-140 is that I am also planning on getting the 7-14mm so I would be covered from 7-140mm.
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I'm currently toying with the idea of getting a 14-140.
For such a long zoom it does quite well in the EPZ review here.
Quote: I am looking at getting the new Panasonic 14-140 f3.5-5.6 lens and wanted to know if anyone can tell me whether this lens would be better than getting the 35-100 f2.8? I am very tempted to get the 35-100 as the IQ looks to be superb, but if the IQ of the 14-140 is more than good enough then I'd be tempted to go for that instead.
I have the 14-140 and 35-100 too. IQ wise, there is little difference in practise and both are silky smooth to operate, have excellent stabilization and are lightning fast to focus, as you'd expect with two of the latest generation MFT lenses.
I have the 7-14 too and provided you don't have an absolute need for the extra speed of the 35-100, that, the GX1 and the 14-140 make a high quality outfit covering 14-280mm in old money, yet which you can pick up in one hand.
7-14 and 14-140 make a better pairing than 7-14 and 35-100 since the latter leave a large hole in your coverage from 14-35mm (28-70), some of the most useful focal lengths.
The beauty of the 14-140 on MFT is that it doesn't make the image quality sacrifices that an intrinsically harder to make 28-300 would in full frame.
ePZ were keen on it as Ken's link above shows and I have a review of it here and the 35-100 here
To my shame, given the lovely set of lenses I have, a large proportion of my work is done with this lens, its just so convenient.
14-140mm. Love it. So convenient and great quality.
Thanks for the comments.
Instead of getting the 7-14 as I don't think that focal range would be too useful for me so I am now considering the 12-35 f/2.8 and maybe getting the 35-100 f/2.8 next year or so. I'm not sure whether getting the 14-140 instead of the 35-100 is worth considering due to the overlap between 14-35.
I've got some tough decisions to make here.
My choices are:
1. Get the 12-35 f/2.8 now and consider the 35-100 f/2.8 next year.
2. Get the 12-35 f/2.8 now as well as the 14-140 f/3.5-f/5.6 even though both lens have overlapping focal ranges.
Which of these two would be considered better even though option 1) is the more expensive one as both lens would cost £1600+.
The 12-35 is a wonderful lens and I find the f2.8 really useful - but that is my style of photography. For landscapes of course the f2.8 may be less important to you.
I am torn between the 14-140 and the 35-100 so I am having to make the same sort of decision as yourself.
Your option (3) is to get the 14-140 and see if you need f2.8 often enough to justify the cost and potentially save yourself a lot of money.
Quote: . Get the 12-35 f/2.8 now and consider the 35-100 f/2.8 next year.
If you wait and buy those pretty much all your lens requirements are filled and you won't need to upgrade if you buy another MFT body. In the long run, that would be your cheapest option.
I wouldn`t recommend such large lenses for the bodies that are so small like the GX1.
I use the 12-35 on my GX 1 and it is fine. I also use the fair-bit-larger 100-300 on the same camera and I find it acceptable - it is not as comfortable as using the 100-300 on the E-M5 but it just requires a different handling technique. The difference really bothers some people but others are OK with it.
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