September 22, 2015 at 11:44PM


Lens for GH3? Suggestions? Newbie

Hey guys. I have recently purchased my first DSLR camera, the Panasonic GH3! I am ecstatic however now I need to put some money in for a lens. I bough the GH3 primarily for shooting short movies. Also I don't have much money to spend for a lens so I'm looking at getting a cheap and used one..I'm lost however...

Any suggestions?


If you want to shoot handheld then I would get one of the Panasonic kit lenses which have optical image stabiliztion. Just don't get the original 14-42mm lens which was quite soft in the telephoto range.

Otherwise, for a good film-look I would get a used 35mm film still photo lens from one of the major camera companies like: Canon FD, Olympus OM, Minolta, Nikon AI-S, Pentax SMC

A "standard" lens would be a 24mm lens for the GH3, and used you should be able to find this used for $150 or less on eBay. You will also need a lens adapter, which can be bought for less than $40.

I would also look at getting a 50mm lens, which can be found used for as little as $25. Just make sure you buy the same brand of lens as the 24mm so you can use the same lens adapter to mount it on your GH3.

I own a few Panasonic Micro 4/3 lenses that I use for handheld work, and I own 8 Nikon AI-S lenses that I use when I'm shooting with a monopod or tripod. I prefer the look of the Nikon lenses over the Panasonic lenses, but the Panasonic lenses are easier to work with when shooting still photos because they have auto-focus and optical stabilization.

September 23, 2015 at 8:56AM, Edited September 23, 8:57AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

When i first bought my gh3 i wanted the panasonic 12-35, 2.8 but could not afford it. I picked up a used panasonic 14-45 (one of their older and sharper kit lenses). The focal length range was great and the IS was decent. However, after a year I upgraded to the popular 12-35 and it is a fantastic lens that can actually be used indoors without lugging lighting. If you can save up the cash, go for the 2.8, you will not regret it!

December 8, 2015 at 11:57AM

Myke Scaffidi

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