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Old May 28th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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14-140mm Panny for Video Work worth it?

I'm getting a GH2 for video work (replacing a D90) and I'm wondering if I should get it with the Kit Lens 14-140mm. I'm told its a good lens, but for me it seems very slow and I wondering if its worth the price (~$700 as a kit, vs $900 without).

My Expected Set-up of lenses will be Panny Pancake 20mm f1.7, 14-140mm?+ Nikon Lenses (Mainly 28-80, 80-200 f2.8 zoom glass + Primes at f1.2-1.8 range from 16mm to 58mm)

So I have the range mainly covered (14-20mm is a bit less so).
So my question to you guys is do you use the 14-140mm a lot in shooting because it fully functional with the camera or do you tend to leave it for better glass and manual controls?
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Old May 28th, 2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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Re: 14-140mm Panny for Video Work worth it?

Hello Graeme,

In my opinion and experience, the Lumix 14-140 is the better glass. Highly recommended.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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Re: 14-140mm Panny for Video Work worth it?

Yes.

Cons: it's slow and I'd prefer an aperture ring

In terms of picture quality (in the right lighting - daylight, well-lit indoors) and useful zoom range, there's nothing else close. The OIS is essential to anything hand-held... you can actually get useably stable video, handheld, at 140 w/ ETC on (effectively 728mm). Of course, USUALLY you'd want that sort of shot locked down, but you can get away with it in a pinch.

Even if all it had was the glass and OIS, it would still be worth it... but then it also does all that auto stuff if you want, as well.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #4
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Re: 14-140mm Panny for Video Work worth it?

I sold mine. F/4.0 and above is too slow for indoor work, and that is where I shoot most of the time.

The lens will work for you, or not work for you, depending on what and where you shoot. I am a wedding videographer, I couldn't use it. I run two zooms, the Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 and the Tamron 28-75 F/2.8. These both are excellent values, and produce great images indoors, which is what I need.

I also use the 20mm, the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 (great lens), the Canon FD 50mm F/1.4 and the Canon FD 135mm F/2.8. I had the excellent Canon 85mm F/1.2 but sold it for the Tamron zoom, which has proven to be a better choice for me.

F/4.0 is slow, by any standards, and no matter how high your ISO can go. If you watch Dan's videos, they are beautiful. He shoots with the 14-140 among others things.

But if you are an event shooter, there simply isn't time to tweak your camera to the point necessary to get a usable image indoors in low light, and if you shoot weddings, I just don't know.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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BTW, AFS focus functions work with the Sigmas I've listed.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #6
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Re: 14-140mm Panny for Video Work worth it?

If you plan to shoot indoors, this lens is not good. Too slow. I think it's way overpriced as well. Slow slow slow.
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