March 21, 2016 at 7:19AM

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Lenses for my Lumix G7 / MFT

Hello, firstly I'd like to thank the people who commented on my last post & helped me decide which camera to buy.

I have ordered the G7 (which I ended up getting for a great price!), but now I need a few good quality (budget) lenses to get me started.

Now I've done some research, but I'm still quite clueless in terms of what lenses I'll need. I'm hoping to do some short films - mostly dramas and possibly a few music videos. I've had my eye on the Samyang 16mm f2, Panasonic 25mm 1.7 and the Panasonic 12-32 f3.5-5.6 but I'm still not 100% sure.

I'm not very familiar with metabones adapters, but is this: http://m.digitalrev.com/#product?id=1103084 what if use if I were to buy any Nikon AF lens?

I would appreciate any help/ advice.

Thank you :)

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A great all-purpose zoom for G7 is Panasonic's 12-35mm f/2.8: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/865111-REG/Panasonic_H_HS12035_Lum...

That metabones adapter should work with most Nikon lenses.

March 21, 2016 at 7:34AM

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Chad Stembridge
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I second the comment on the 12-35mm varifocal (it is only pseudo-parfocal) lens.

The 25mm F 1.4 Summilux and the 42.5mm F 1.7 Panasonic is good as well. Or if you can afford it take the Leica Nocticron instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te2tDf9JKLU

March 21, 2016 at 2:16PM

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Cary Knoop
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I always recommend buying one of the low cost 14-42mm or 12-32mm kit lenses just to have one lens that covers a very usable range. The main drawback to these kit lenses is that they are quite slow in terms of their aperture, so they aren't great indoors or in low-light situations, and they use focus-by-wire so they can be challenging when pulling-focus.

The Metabones adapter is great with the right lenses. I often use the Metabones Nikon G lens adapter with eight Nikon AI-S lenses I bought used. The "G" adapter allows you to smoothly adjust your shooting aperture from fully open to fully closed. The "G" adapter will work with pretty much any old or new Nikon lens.

http://goo.gl/l2VNiJ

So after buying a Lumix kit lens, I would buy a Nikon AI-S 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens, which you can buy on eBay for $150 or less. Just make sure you buy the lens from somebody with a near perfect eBay rating ( close to 100 percent ), only buy lenses that look like they are in brand-new condition ( no dents or scratches ), and ONLY pay with PayPal so you are protected against fraud.

Beyond these two lenses, I would also look at one of these Samyang wide angle lenses...

Samyang 12mm f/2.0 : $299
http://goo.gl/5i63U9

Samyang 16mm f/2.0 : $352
http://goo.gl/PFBX8O

These are fully manual lenses which will make it easy to pull-focus and adjust the aperture while you are shooting. You can buy "cine" versions of the Samyang lenses but they cost about $100 more and are geared for focus and aperture.

March 21, 2016 at 6:03PM, Edited March 21, 6:05PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Did you get the G7 with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6? It's a great starting point for a well-rounded kit. The aperture is terrible (f/4.1 at 18mm, f/5.3 at 25mm, f/5.5 at 35mm), but it is definitely a good (and very cheap) place to start. Obviously, the 12-35mm f/2.8 is much much better, but also much much pricier.

Guy talked about getting a 50mm lens. Well, that depends... If you get a 14-42mm, you can try for yourself to find out which focal lengths you like best, and buy a good prime lens accordingly. Just keep in mind that a 50mm lens on the G7 is equivalent to around 115mm in UHD mode. But I do agree with going the Nikon route, as their lenses work great with speedboosters, if you plan to go that way. One thing, though: give preference to full-frame lenses! You never know if you won't buy a full-frame camera down the road, and they'll work fine on any sensor size, even with speedboosters.

When you speak of metabones adapters, do you mean the passive ones or the speedboosters (the speedboosters give you wider angle of view and increase exposure by 1 stop)? Either way, there are cheaper options. Any brand of passive adapter will do the job, just be careful with the cheap ones, as they might be poorly made. I use a 25$ Nikon to m4/3 adapter, and it's built like a tank, so as long as you keep away from the 5$ ones, you should be fine (as long as you're not planning on putting huge telephoto lenses on them without any support).
In regards to the speedbooster adapters, Mitakon makes a 200$ Nikon to m4/3 speedbooster that's almost as good as the Metabones, and much cheaper.

One last thing: as a micro 4/3 user myself, I have to recommend you look into C-mount lenses. They're super cheap, and super fun. Most of them are useless for professional work (too soft, way too much chromatic aberration, weird colors and weird flares, etc.), but they always produce a very unique look. The Fujian 25mm f/1.4 is very easy to find for less than 30$, and if you look it up on youtube you will see how cool it is. But if you're looking for lenses for professional work, yeah, it's no good.

March 22, 2016 at 11:07AM, Edited March 22, 11:12AM

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José Pedro Pinto
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I don't know too much about speed boosters, so I'll definitely give that some research. i think it is the passive one though.

Thanks :)

zhane

March 29, 2016 at 12:11PM

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