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A Panasonic Based Micro Four Thirds Kit

Jesse Baynard
The list author says: "I'm a long time Canon shooter, but since Canon doesn't have an ILC/EVIL (i.e. mirror-less interchangeable lens camera) nor do the have any pancake lenses, even the smallest Canon kit is huge, so I've been thinking about switching or supplementing. This is a list of everything I would eventually want if I were to pull the trigger. The main pros would be, options for lightweight and high quality photography, even more telephoto (2x vs. 1.6x) for a given focal length, arguably better video and a lot of new options for connecting the camera to exotic lenses. The main cons are related to the slightly smaller than APS-C sensors in that DOF is wider and it's not as developed in noise reduction (but it holds its own compared to entry level DSLRS), the lack of either classic f/2.8 zoom lens in either a 14-35 (28-70) or 35-100 (70-200) or in any other zoom for that matter without an adapter to the full size 4/3rds, and that the body isn't as rugged or waterproof... but that's to be expected at this price and size."
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2KK 16.05 MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2KK 16.05 MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD and 14-42mm Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"I wish they offered a kit with the GH2 and a pancake lens (like they do for the GF1/2) or at least a cheaper body only option. This is without a doubt at the time I'm writing this the best m4/3rds camera out there, in terms of resolution and features."
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras
"Of course one of the biggest problems with cropped sensors is the multiplier makes your lenses too long... well even after multiplying 7 x2... it's still just a 14mm full frame equivalent, which is still wider than my 10-22 canon lens with a 16mm equivalent."
Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras (OLD MODEL)
"This lens is what makes the whole system so attractive, if Canon had a fast thin prime lens like this I would gladly mount it to a rebel or 60d and call that my light camera, but as it is... this pared with any camera (or a GF1 in particular) is very tempting."
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Much wider that the 20 f/1.7, but not as fast... really I don't think this lens is as important, but if you add this and the 45 f/2.8, it really does become a super light weight trifecta."
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH Lens with MEGA OIS for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH Lens with MEGA OIS for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
"This is the final prime lens and possible one of the most important lenses to have since this is a FULL NATIVE MACRO LENS with image stabilization and Leica optics. It's not a pancake and it's only f/2.8 which is fast, but not prime lens fast... but still, it would soundly round out a still diminutive prime shooter's bag."
Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 OIS Video Optimized Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras
Panasonic 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 OIS Video Optimized Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras
"This is lens that for the GH1 on the video map, noiseless zooming and a nice 10x range of 28-280mm FF equivalent."
Panasonic H-FS100300 Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Panasonic H-FS100300 Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Lens
"Image stabilized and 200-600mm equivalent and still a respectable f/5.6. An ideal wildlife or to get that long zoom movie look (although I'm sure you'll want to work with a field recorder or wireless audio setup)."
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Canon EOS EF to Micro Four Thirds Cameras
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Canon EOS EF to Micro Four Thirds Cameras
"Since I'd be coming from this system, it would only make sense... but it would be nice if someone could reverse engineer a universal translator that would let the camera control the aperture at least and the autofocus system at best."
Opteka T-Mount Lens Adapter for Panasonic G1, GH1, Olympus PEN E-P1, E-P2, and other Micro Four Thirds Cameras
Opteka T-Mount Lens Adapter for Panasonic G1, GH1, Olympus PEN E-P1, E-P2, and other Micro Four Thirds Cameras
"Use this to connect to a telescope or a 500 or 800mm T-mount mirror lens and you could have 1,000 or 1,600mm of reach... sure it would be nearly impossible to hand hold, track or focus with... but it's just too awesome to pass up."
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12 MP Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens (Black)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 12 MP Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch Touch-Screen LCD and 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens (Black)
"An ideal second body, as a backup it would fit in an accessory pouch of your gear bag and on it's own it's like carrying a point and shoot, but with the option to go all out."
Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens for Lumix G Micro Four Thirds  Digital Cameras
Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens for Lumix G Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras
"A specialty lens indeed, I don't think I consider it absolutely necessary to round out a prime kit, since I'd prefer the rectilinear wide angle of the 7-14mm."