February 17, 2015 at 10:07AM


Panasonic or Voigtlander Lenses for my cause

Hi guys,

I am not at all an professional more a ethusiast. I still rock a Panasonic GH2, as it is enough for my cause at the moment.
I want to invenst in to glass.
Right now I have old GDR Pentacon Glass, 50mm 1.8 and 35 2.8.
The 50mm is quite good and sharp, but the 35mm sucks so much even stopped down.
After seeing Shane Hurlbuts shootout of the Panasonic vs Voigtlander lenses I am torn.
I want a 25mm and a wider lens. To buy both Voigtlander is to expensive (thats about 1300€ used) for me.
I worry if buying the Voigtländer 25mm and the Pana 14mm 2.5 my pictures will look to different from one another if used in the same project. That would run me about 800€ used.
Buy both from Panasonic will cost me about 600€,
What would you recommed? All Pana for the price and the same picture, or V and Pana?




February 18, 2015 at 6:41AM


If you can't afford the new Voightlander lenses, then your main options are to buy new Samyang lenses which are more affordable manual primes that cover wide angle focal lengths, or do what I did an buy older legacy glass. I own eight used Nikon AI-S lenses for this reason, and most were quite affordable, costing less than $300 each. You will need to use a SpeedBooster adapter if you want anything wider than "normal" FOV with these lenses, but this gives you an extra F-stop of light and your camera behaves more like a Super35 sensor camera.

February 18, 2015 at 7:58AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

What Ais lenses can you recommend? I thought about using a speed booster and then buy a 20mm f3.5, 28mm f2 or f2.8 and a 35mm f2.8. That would make a nice kit for starters, doesn't it?

February 19, 2015 at 5:13AM


>>>What Ais lenses can you recommend?

I shoot a lot of interviews and the lens I use the most is the Nikon 50mm f/1.4, often with a SpeedBooster that converts it to a 35mm f/1.0.

My next favorite lens is the 85mm f/2.0 that is good for tighter close-ups or when you want to focus in on some detail, or when you want to isolate your subject from the environment they are in.

The 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens is great for extreme close-ups and macro shots, It's an extremely sharp lens and can be used for regular telephoto work too.

I am not happy with the 55mm f/2.8 Macro lens, with the biggest problem being that the lens shifts from side to side while focusing. I plan on replacing it with a new Nikon 60mm f/2.8 G lens that has internal focusing.

The most expensive Nikon AI-S lens I own is the 24mm f/2.0 that cost me about $400, but it's a "normal" lens on a Micro 4/3 camera, and a moderate wide angle lens when you add a SpeedBooster to it. It was a very hard lens to find in good shape, as most of the ones I originally found were pretty beat-up.

Here's the full range of Nikon AI-S lenses I own. I went with moderately fast apertures to keep the cost down and have everything use the 52mm filter thread:

24mm f/2.0, 35mm f/2.0, 50mm f/1.4, 55mm f/2.8, 85mm f/2.0, 105mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2.8, 200mm f/4.0

The 135mm and 200mm are mainly to shoot outside when I want interesting b-roll footage of an environment, or when I REALLY want to isolate my subject from the rest of the world.

February 19, 2015 at 8:59AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I shoot with the GH4 and GH2.
My favourite native lens is the Lumix 20mm/f1.7.
It is a true gem.

February 19, 2015 at 4:12PM


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