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Which Panasonic G series lenses should I absolutely have for my G7?
Any of the kit lenses are a good start. If you can afford it, I would start with the 12-35mm f/2.8 lens which covers a really useful focal-length range.
After this I would look at buying used 35mm film-camera lenses like Canon FD, Nikon AI-S, Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, which can be bought at very low cost and produce a great video image. You will have to buy an adapter to mount the lens on your G7, which can be as little as $15 on eBay. SpeedBoosters are very helpful but cost way more than a straight adapter does.
February 17, 2016 at 4:39AM
Coming from a cropped sensor to a larger sensor. I would recommend only buying 35mm sensor or medium format glass for later camera upgrades. Lenses last longer than cameras, trust me. you will save more money on the long run. Good luck to your endeavors
February 18, 2016 at 2:07PM
I agree with Guy and Nick. I own the G7 as well, and the 14-42 kit zoom is very good. It's a short range, and it's very slow (f/3.5-5.6), but for handheld work in daylight it works awesome - only maybe a tad *too* sharp, at least for my taste. There's also the 14-140 Lumix lens, but I can't speak about it, as I've never tried it. The 12-35mm f/2.8 Guy is talking about is excellent, but costs as much as the camera itself. If you look carefully, you might find some good deals in old used manual zoom lenses - won't give you such a wide angle, but will definitely be a lot cheaper.
Beyond that, I'd say a good place to start would be a a fast 50mm, and a fast wide-angle. I find that telephoto lenses are not as important in a micro four thirds camera, as a 50mm gives you around 110mm equivalent focal length anyway. But that will depend on what you plan to shoot, of course.
As Nick said, give preference to APS-C or full-frame lenses, as you can always pick up a speedbooster or get a new camera. The advantages you get from Panasonic G lenses are auto-focus, remote operation and stabilization - you be the judge of what is the compromise you're willing to make.
For fun, you can also look into the crazy world of C-mount lenses, where you can find some flawed little gems for super cheap. The Fujian 25mm f/1.4 and the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 are easy to find, very cheap and super fun. No good for professional use, though.
February 21, 2016 at 4:47PM, Edited February 21, 4:53PM
I think the 12-35mm is well worth its money compared to the kit lens.
For primes I would consider the Panasonic Summilux primes or Rokinons.
February 21, 2016 at 8:22PM