Which lens for Panasonic GH5 for video?

3 months 2 days ago #684293 by NickSano
My main camera is a Nikon, I've been hearing for some time about the GH5 being an awesome video camera.  Turns out luck paid me a visit and I got a killer deal on a used body only.  I just don't know enough about their lenses.

Can you suggest one to me please?  All I'm going to use the camera for is for video.  


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2 months 3 weeks ago #685128 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Nick

Anyone who has bought a new panny G-body will have "yet another" 14-42 lens in their collection ... along with the extra lenses that one purchases for the style of imagery one wants to end up with

I suggest that you put out a search for someone's "unwanted" 14-42 and do a deal with them. (we're in Oz, but I'm sure that you could find something closer to you)

Phil from the great land Downunder
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2 months 3 weeks ago #685150 by Piechura
If you're wanting a zoom lens, then ideally you want one with an continuous aperture.

A lot of GH5 owners go for the Lumix Vario 12-35mm f2.8 and the 7-14mm f2.8, but neither are particularly cheap. If you have the money, there's even a 10-25mm f1.7. Olympus do some f4 constant aperture zooms that are a bit cheaper. It also depends what kind of videos you're going to be shooting.

If you're shooting things where you don't need to react really quickly, then a set of primes might be better, especially since faster speed will compensate for the smaller sensor size. I bought a GH2 nearly 10 years ago and bought it with the Lumix 20mm f1.7, the Lumix 14mm f2.5 and the Olympus 45mm f1.8. I find that a good wide angle is always the toughest to find with prime lenses. That 14mm isn't the best, but it's a huge jump up in price to get something wider and faster. I did enjoy using the 20mm and 45mm though (although the latter isn't stabilized, which is a nightmare on the GH2, which also isn't).


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