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#1 Francis Ong

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:23 PM

Hello I'm new to photography and film making, I have a Lumix G5 and only have the 14-42mm lens that came with it. I was wondering are there any lenses that I should invest into first that are must haves for photography and short film making?


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#2 Phil Connolly

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:20 PM

I'm a big fan of the voigtlaender f0.95 25mm prime.

 

http://www.voigtlaen...a_f0_95_25.html

 

Its a great lens - the look is a bit extreme fully open but a nice lens stopped down a bit. I did a music video on the AF101 almost entirely on that lens:

(although youtube compressions killed it a bit)

 

Also I've heard good things about the SLR magic 12mm:

http://www.slrmagic....ns-mft-new.html

 


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#3 Zac Fettig

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:38 PM

Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mm f4 [V],

Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM [EOS],

Canon 5200mm f14 [FD],

Carl Zeiss 50mm f0.7 Planar [BNC],

Nikon 6mm f2.8 [F]

 

Everyone must have at least 2 of each of those lenses or they're not a serious photographer/filmmaker... just kidding!

 

It's a tough question. You have a lot of choices, and they all have plusses and minuses. Honestly, you're a lot better off shooting with what you've got, and focus on practicing. The Voigtlander mentioned above is a fantastic lens. If you're more interested in cinematography, you might do better with a PL-Micro 4/3 adapter and some super 16 lenses. Read as much as you can, and buy lenses piece by piece. I like old Pentax screwmount lenses for still photography and Cooke cine lenses. But that's just my preference.


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