New Panasonic G3 camera - question about the standard zoom lens

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Wally, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Wally

    Wally Guest

    The new mirrorless Panasonic G3 is a very compact four-thirds camera
    that seems to be just the thing for when you don't want or need to
    schlep your DSLR around all day.

    It is available with a 14-42mm kit lens... and there is also a
    somewhat more expensive 14-45mm lens available.

    As far as I can tell, both lenses are image stabilized. Both lenses
    have apertures of 3.5-5.6. Both are called "kit" lenses.

    So, why does Panasonic have two such similar lenses? What's the
    difference between them? Which one is better?

    Wally, Jul 5, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    Because one is substantially better built and better optically (you
    can see the graphs on their website) than the later, cheaper unit.
    The 14-45mm is the way to go if you can afford the extra $160.00.
    RichA, Jul 5, 2011
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  3. Micro Four Thirds. It's a mirrorless version of the Four Thirds format
    cameras. The original Four Thirds is an SLR.
    The G3 is, however, in some important respects a cheapened version of the
    G2. Compare the two of them carefully before choosing between them. After
    the G3 came out, I bought the G2 which was selling at a better price. (I
    already had the superb G1, and the G2 is even better.)
    The earlier one is the 14-45mm, which came out with the G1 camera and is
    definitely the better lens. Unfortunately it is discontinued and may be more
    difficult to find, and likely to be more expensive if you do find one. It
    was replaced by the 14-42mm kit lens which came out with the G2.

    You can find reviews of both lenses at and elsewhere.
    Neil Harrington, Jul 5, 2011
  4. The touch screen, which originally I considered a gimmick of little
    importance, I find surprisingly useful. Just tapping on something on the
    screen that you want the camera to focus on works very well, and in manual
    focus it puts the screen in magnifcation mode centered on whatever you've
    tapped on. I find it a very nice feature.

    In addition, the G2 has a few additional controls. Instead of the left knob
    on the top deck switching between MF, AFC and AFS, those are now selected by
    lever surrounding the knob while the knob itself selects between four AF
    modes. Other minor additions.

    Do these things "justify a change" (from the G1)? I don't know. In my case I
    was perfectly happy with the G1 but wanted a second body, waited to see what
    the G3 would be like, was disappointed in what it turned out to be and
    decided to buy a G2 body since that was selling at a very attractive price.
    I'm very happy with it as a second body with interesting embellishments, but
    don't know if I would trade in a G1 for it if I only wanted one body.
    Neil Harrington, Jul 5, 2011
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