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Old September 17th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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What is the most versatile lens for wedding work?

I'm looking to buy a GH2 but wonder about lenses. Is the standard 14-140 lens the most versatile GH2 lens for wedding work? My only worry is its speed.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: What is the most versatile lens for wedding work?

The 14-140 is great - but slow, same with 14-45.

I tend to stick to the lumix while I can, daytime ceremony and switch to FD lenses the darker it gets. You can get some pretty good FD zooms that give you a bit of range 35-70 or Tokina 14-40 but there's nothing with the range of the 14-140 with OIS and auto functions if you want them.

If I had the money I'd look at the Olympus 14-35 f/2 & 35-100 f/2 but there's a few weddings to pay that lot back
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Old September 18th, 2011, 12:34 AM   #3
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The 14-140mm is absolutely useless for wedding work, IMO, other than for outdoor stuff.

I have a Sigma F/2.8 zoom and it is too slow for my taste. It gets the job done, but that's about it. I used the 14-140mm for one paid gig and sold it immediately. Great lens, but not for weddings.

The Olympus 14-54mm F/2.8-3.5 is a nice lens, still not as fast as we would like, but better than the Panasonic, for sure. Paul's right about the fast Olympus', but as he points out, pretty expensive!
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Old September 18th, 2011, 01:11 AM   #4
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I know a prime lens is limited in it's usefulness, but I have got to suggest if you can use a wide, look at the 12mm F/2.0. I shot a wedding today with it, and it's images were consistently the best of all four of my GH2s/GH1's. It is such a sharp lens. I have read review of the upcoming 25mm F/1.4 for M4/3, and it too is supposedly a great lens. The 20mm is good, for sure, but much more hit and miss with focus, a tough lens to work with, at least relative to the 12mm.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #5
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Do you have a link to the review of the 25mm F/1.4 for M4/3?
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Old September 18th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #6
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Google "Leica DG 25 1.4" and a few should come up
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Jeff or anyone, I wonder why lensrentals.com has this warning posted on most Olympus lenses?

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to a variety of problems we have encountered, we do not recommend using Olympus lenses for video use with Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras/camcorders. Rent at your own risk
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Old September 18th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #8
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Re: What is the most versatile lens for wedding work?

I have no idea. It sounds bizarre to me, but there must be some reason. My 12mm works better with my GH2 than any Panasonic lens so far, so I don't have a clue.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 06:55 AM   #9
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That warning is not posted on the 12mm, very odd.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:49 AM   #10
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It probably has to do with AF and OIS not working uniformly amongst Olympus lenses, and the warning is to prevent a lot of grumbling from customers.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #11
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I bet that's it.

Is the 12mm the latest of Olympus lenses?
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Old September 19th, 2011, 10:54 AM   #12
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Re: What is the most versatile lens for wedding work?

I'm guessing they are talking about Olympus 4/3 lenses, not micro four thirds, but I could be wrong. With the 12mm the autofocus is light years faster than with any Panasonic lens, and the 45mm is supposedly very fast as well.

I can't tell you which review I read on the 25mm, but be aware there is an older 4/3 25mm F/1.4 Summilux lens that is a different lens.
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Re: What is the most versatile lens for wedding work?

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Jeff or anyone, I wonder why lensrentals.com has this warning posted on most Olympus lenses?

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to a variety of problems we have encountered, we do not recommend using Olympus lenses for video use with Panasonic micro 4/3 cameras/camcorders. Rent at your own risk
Here is the offical word on it:

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